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BEMIDJI -- Four suspects in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization were arrested in Beltrami County on Tuesday. Philip Eugene Gurzi 54, and Tamara Sue Halverson 44, of Puposky; Shawn Elston Jackson, 46, and Raymond Jesse Nibbe Jr., 56 of Bemidji were arrested and taken to the Beltrami County jail. Narcotics agents conducted several search warrants and seized a large amount of cash, vehicles and other evidence associated with the criminal enterprise. During the past year, investigators collected evidence of a sophisticated drug smuggling and distribution enterprise esta
BEMIDJI -- Two local youths didn't know when they headed out with their fishing poles Wednesday morning what was in store for them. Ethan Kesler, 12, and his friend Joshua Bitz, 14, both of Bemidji, brought in what they said was a 54 inch muskie (about 4 ½ feet) from the Mississippi river near Power Dam. It began when two decided to go to the river and fish. They were biking there while pulling a red wagon behind that carried all of their fishing equipment, Ethan wrote in an article he entitled "The One That (Didn't) Get Away," which he submitted to The Bemidji Pioneer.