Northern Herald   Official Site

North Central Minnesota's regional newspaper.

Serving Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Park Rapids, Walker, Cass Lake, Blackduck, Red Lake, Bagley,
Pine River, Brainerd, Emmaville, and now, the world.

New: Click here to access the Gemmell Street Suit papers. 
Special Notice as of 07/30/14:
After having had the pleasure of serving the area for fifteen years, from 1995 through 2010, Northern Herald has ceased publishing new issues. Our last issue was 07/12/2010, and, like other issues, is accessible in .pdf from this page. That future generations may learn from the history of the corruption of Northern Minnesota during this period, all archived back issues will continue to be available, either in The Library, below (issues through 03/07/05), or in .pdf (issues after 03/07/05), below, near the bottom of this page. Thank you for your readership!         -- Adam Steele, Editor
New Feature: For The Chosen   For News Updates, current Good Deals, and Other Info, pending the next issue, that The Chosen want to know now, click here.

For The Chosen includes the complete SAMUELSON AFFIDAVIT,
referenced in the print issue of 07/12/10.

New Feature: Who You Gonna Call?
Northern Herald's list of recommended honest, quality, tradesmen and businesses in the Bemidji area. Includes recommendations for dependable home, and auto, repair and maintenance. It's where people in the know, go. 
New Feature: Northern Minnesota "Must Do!" Events Map
Whether visiting Northern Minnesota, or if you live here, these are primo annual events that you may not want to miss! 

Update Status

Current Issue Posted is Issue of: 07/12/10 - 10/11/10

Previous Issues Posted In .pdf Format: 10/26/09, 06/16/08, 01/21/08, 06/25/07, 12/27/06, 08/28/06, 05/29/06, 02/27/06, 12/12/05, 09/19/05, 07/04/05, 05/16/05.

Issues prior to the above may be found in The Library, which is Updated Through Issue of: 03/07/05

This site is normally updated within 10 days of each quarterly issue; but we are very old, and sometimes, very slow. If you have trouble accessing any part of this site, please let us know via the E-mail link near the bottom of this page.

Special Stuff

-->> For Special interim Bemidji State University (BSU) Extra
               ("The Mengelkoch Files") of 11/16/07, CLICK HERE!

-->> For Ted Foss Law Poster CLICK HERE!

Due to the great service from our site host: FINALHOST.NET (if you have a site, this is really THE place to put it) and their making a lot more space available at the same cost, this site is being greatly expanded. NOW, the back issues pending archive are available here in .pdf format. Watch for other new developments, for an even better Northern Herald site, coming soon.

We Now Have Our Own Domain!
Regardless of what is in your browser address bar, all you really have to remember is - that'll get you here!
(Be sure your Bookmark is set to

You can just scroll down (if it's your first visit, you'll see more fun stuff that way), or use these links to jump around this page:

Download The CURRENT ISSUE, recent Previous Issues,
The Library (Northern Herald's rapid-access searchable permanent historical repositories of regional
news from past issues), other Features

List of HEADLINE STORIES in the Current Issue

Masthead (management & staff, postal address, telephone number)

Where To Buy the Northern Herald

To Subscribe, To Advertise, To send E-mail

When was this site last updated?

Things That Just Don't Work and things that Do!

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE - Some Worthwhile Organizations In Northern Minnesota

State Agency Appointments Application Form (.pdf)

Last Words from the Editor

Links to other pages

Our site renovation & move is complete!
To be sure you can get here, please be sure your bookmark is set to regardless of what address is in your browser window. That'll always get you here, no matter what server we're using.

In the past, we've recommended USLINK, which was once one of the best internet services around. Due to service reductions, and some of their best techs terminating, we now withdraw that recommendation. We also issue a consumer caveat about AOL, which has the resources to be one of the best, but has actually become one of the worst internet providers available, at one of the highest costs. After five years with them, we are glad that AOL is no longer part of the equation. More problems than we care to list, or you want to read.

Thank You for Your Readership!
-- A. Steele, Editor 

Page Format

A table of CONTENTS for this page is near the top of the page!

Now you can download the complete current issue of Northern Herald in .pdf format. Instead of separate links, as before, you'll find all of our Features, Classifieds, (including Northern Auto and Boat Shopper, Minnesota Real, Northern Personals and other classifieds), Hot News, and now, PICTURES TOO!, in the online issue, which now looks just like our print edition.

Click here to download the issue, and the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (if you don't already have it)

In the changes we have made to the page, we have preserved our fast-reference searchable library (The Library) as it has always been. It is still in ASCII format for easy back issue research.

This page displays best in full width (i.e. maximized) window. Browsers differ and it's hard to make it look the same on all. If some images or ads appear behind others, try expanding your width. In some cases, reducing your width a tad may correct vertical spacing problems. If you're interested in one of our advertiser's ads, or an illustration, but can't read it, some browsers (e.g. Netscape) allow you to right-click the image to get a VIEW IMAGE option. This will expand that particular image or ad. Then, to get back to this main page, click your BACK button.

Crime and Corruption Reporting So Accurate, The Print Edition was
(most locations)
In Bemidji
(called, by some, the "Crime Capitol of Minnesota")

"If We Don't Like the Facts, You Can't Read Them !"
Bemidji business, as well as the City of Bemidji, by Al Felix, City Attorney, have made a concerted effort to try to keep the facts and the free press out of the hands of Bemidjians who want it. That should tell you something about Bemidji business and city management. MENARDS, a major midwest employer and retailer, a few years ago, just said 'No' to Bemidji. Thinking people do. (Now, several years later, Bemidjians have offered Menards a better deal, and they're opening here soon.)
For additional boring information on EFFORTS TO SUPPRESS THE FREE PRESS in Bemidji and Park Rapids, click on "Where It's At," below.

To view a complete copy of the 7/30/01 Order of the United States Court of Appeals,
finding the actions of the City of Bemidji unconstitutional, click here.

On June 16th, 2003, the United States District Court, at Minneapolis, ordered the City of Bemidji to pay $3,001 in damages, plus costs, for violation of First Amendment rights, by attempting to suppress distribution of Northern Herald in Bemidji. Details in issue of 06/30/03 in The Library, Vol. 8 (link below).

Northern Herald is published quarterly by Northern Herald Publications, Inc., Bemidji, MN, for the benefit of the sane, normal and thinking people of Northern Minnesota; a distinct minority, but growing. Est. circulation: 5,000

Northern Herald

Northern Herald Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 1132, Bemidji, MN 56619

Business Description:
Print Newsaper - Established 1995
Publisher: Northern Herald Publications, Inc.
Editor: Adam Steele


All contents Copyright (C) 1995 - 2010 by Northern Herald and Northern Herald Publications, Inc. 

Where It's At! Click here to find out where you can buy the print edition of Northern Herald!

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Each issue of Northern Herald is good for 3 months' exposure.

E-mail may be sent to
But remember, Letters to the Editor, for publication, cannot be E-mailed - we need an original signature for authenticity. Just use the postal address above. Ads may be E-mailed - please include your name, and postal address for billing.


To view Hot News and features click on item below. The Library is fast-loading ASCII text. We like pictures too, but we know when you're doing research, you don't want to wait for them.

For Questions and Answers re: VERY EXPENSIVE TAX SERVICE, click here.

Northern Herald Current Hot News & Features:

Download the CURRENT ISSUE and/or recent previous issues in .pdf format, and/or get your free Acrobat(R) Reader

An ongoing compilation of caveats, as well as some recommendations, from Northern Herald's Consumer Corner

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE - Some Worthwhile Organizations In Northern Minnesota
For those looking to give some money away, these are some organizations that use it to do particularly good things!

LIVING ON THE EDGE - Selected archives of Hot News from past issues. Required reading for those thinking of moving or investing here.

THE LIBRARY - Research library of back issues
Volume 1 - not yet online - certain particularly significant stories from 09/15/95 to 02/24/97 are included in Living on the Edge, above.
Volume 2 (partial) (02/24/97 - 10/12/97)
Volume 3 (10/13/97 - 09/15/98)
Volume 4, Part 1 (09/16/98 - 10/27/98)
Volume 4, Part 2 (10/28/98 - 09/21/99)
Volume 5 (09/22/99 - 10/10/2000)
Volume 6 (10/13/00 - 09/01/01)
Volume 7 (09/29/01 - 07/27/02)
Volume 8 (10/28/02 - 08/11/03)
Volume 9 (9/29/03 - 08/16/04)
Volume 10 (10/25/04 to last archived issue)
(issues AFTER that are available in full .pdf format, below, on this page)

The complete current issue is now available in .pdf format. It contains ALL OF THE FEATURES THAT USED TO BE ON SEPARATE PAGES! It has news, Northern Auto and Boat Shopper, other features, classifieds AND PICTURES! The downside is that it takes about 5- 15 minutes (depending upon your modem) to download (so readers may want to save it after downloading), and you have to have the Adobe Acrobat(R) Reader. But the Acrobat Reader is free and will enable the reading of many web documents that now use this format. And it enables you to receive the complete NORTHERN HERALD, looking almost exactly the same as the print edition.

To download your free copy of Acrobat (R) Reader, click here.
This download will take about 30 minutes, but you only have to do it once and you'll have it for all future use (a lot of manuals, documents, forms and government stuff on the net are in .pdf format). If this link doesn't work, just go to

To receive the complete current (07/12/10) issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.6Mb - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

To receive the complete previous (10/26/09) issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.6Mb - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

To receive the complete 06/16/08 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 3.3Mb - about 20 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

Significant Headlines of 06/16/08 issue:
LEADING EDGE JOURNALISM: Chairman Announces Progress Against Drugs, Gangs; LEADING EDGE JOURNALISM: Corruption Erupts in E. Gull Lake; Beltrami County Changes No-Insurance Towing Policy But Towing for No-Insurance Still Not Authorized By State Law; Hackensack Residents Air Complaints over new Police Chief; LEADING EDGE JOURNALISM - FOLLOW-UP: Bemidji Ridgeway Apts. Tenant Forced To Plead Guilty - Frame To Attain Eviction Suspected, Koochiching Co. Shafts Horse Rescuer; If You're Planning To Come To Bemidji This Summer, our best advice is Don't!; NEW IN BEMIDJI: Books, More Books, and More!; Correction (no, not even we are without sin); Ask the Tax Guy  by Adam Steele, Certified Public Accountant: "Tax Refunds" Available For "Nonfilers" This Year, But You've Got To File A Short Form To Get It; If You Have a 401(k), IRA or Other Retirement Plan;
In Focus:
EVERY WEEKEND IN EVERY OCTOBER - IN PARK RAPIDS Pumpkin Party at Carters!; The Magic Of MOONDANCE!; It's Back To Hack 2008 ! including Viva Rock Vegas! - The Snowflake Queen Pageant; Going Down County Rd. 4: New Thrift Store at LAKE GEORGE !, Population Explodes At Emmaville !, Some Real Buys at Deer Lane !; Rendezvous at White Oak!; Deer River Chili Cookoff; It's Chili Again at Remer!; Wendy's of Brainerd Celebrates 25th; They Call The Thing RODEO!
Your VCR/DVD Will Soon Be Unusable; SS DISABILITY - TODAY'S NOUVEAU RICHE: How To Live Well Without Working,
Consumer Corner
What Pet Owners Should Know About Risks of Vaccinating; "Cigarettes" for less than $1 a pack; Customers SOL (simply out of luck) At Bemidji Maytag Laundry; Things That Just Don't Work
Secondhand Smoke Has Never Killed Anyone
Breakfast at Emmaville!; Pizza and Wings at Mad Dog's!; Friday Walleye Feed At Dottie's!
Upcoming Summer Events worth going to
IF YOUR CAR WAS TOWED FOR NO-INSURANCE within the last 2 years, you may have a claim; VERY EXPENSIVE TAX SERVICE

To receive the complete 01/21/08 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.5Mb - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

Significant Headlines of 01/21/08 issue:

The Real Nitty-Gritty
Legendary, Multi-Award, and Socially-Conscientious Band Gave over $30,000 to Bemidji Emergency Services in 2002; Plays Here Again at COUNTRY FEST 2007!

I-35 Bridge: Victims Want To Know Why
But Court Ruling Delays Release of Information

Ridgeview Apts., Bemidji, Has Tenant
Arrested After Unlawful Eviction Attempt
Frame To Attain Eviction Suspected

U.S. Property Rights Die
An Obituary

Eight More Arrests in Red Lake "Pablo" Cocaine Ring

Cass Lake Fires Free Help For "Comments"

Chairman Jourdain Gives Twin Cities
KQRS "What For"

Taxpayers To Waste $Tens of Thousands on "Eurospring"

Thorson, Garvick Sentenced

Bemidji Council To Leave Legacy of Debt
Squanders $13 Million for "parks" acquisition

(no, not even we are without sin)


    Bemidji Jazz Fest To Be Feb. 1st - 2nd
      BSU Jazz Bands Play Remember When

In Focus

     Welcome Home, Vets!

    First Jammin' Country Fest An Absolute Smash!


        Canoe Races

        National Chainsaw Sculping Invitational


        Cass Lake Rib Fest

        4th Of July at Laporte


    Fun Facts

    Events Center May Raise Tuition Costs

    The Future of Journalism, if taught by BSU

    Blandin To Waste Money on Mengelkoch "newspaper"

    What You're Paying For

    The New Face Of Justice




Emmaville Store Thrift Store (New!)

Secondhand Smoke Has Never Killed Anyone

Consumer Corner

     A survey of Northern Roofing Contractors

    So What Does The USDA Do, in Meat, Anyway?
     Why that meat made you sick.

    Consumer Corner Quick Tips

           How Not To Be Bugged By Mosquitoes

           One Of The Best Deals On Wild Rice

           Gas Prices In Grand Rapids, Deer River

     Things That Just Don't Work


Improve your Word Power!
Vocabulary Update: Bipolar or ADHD

Bemidji's Car Care Center!
Including NH Recommended Tradesmen


To receive the complete 06/25/07 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.8M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

To receive the complete 12/27/06 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.8M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

To receive the complete 08/28/06 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.8M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

Significant Headlines of 08/28/06 issue:

The Court: Bemidji Police Chief Bruce
Preece Committed $500,000+ Fraud
This is the COMPLETE trial story (there was a brief encapulated Extra in last issue) for the
first time, and exclusively (we were the only press at the trial) in Northern Herald.
This story contains the Judge's ad verbatim findings and comments, directly from the
official Court record.

September Primary Candidates
for Judge, Beltrami Sheriff

2005 Steele Spheres Awarded

Pesticides Linked To M.S., Other Disorders

Vietnam Wall to be at Deer River 9/15/06

America at CountryFest!

In Focus
1st CountryFest Rocks Turtle River!
About 7,000 Attend - Event Will Be Back Next Year

Why Did Ethanol Price Go Up?

Hofland's Monitor Becomes The City's Problem.


From The Editor's Desk: About Cold Stone Ice Cream


Ed De La Hunt

    Annual Canoe Races Held at Hackensack

   Hack Celebrates Sweetheart Day


FALL HAS IT ALL at Hackensack!

Wine & Art Featured at Fall Fest

    Firemens' Fish Feed at Backus

    Backus Celebrates Old Timer's Weekend

Consumer Corner
    Totino and Betty Partying Again

    Hellmann's® Shrinking Jar

     Things That Just Don't Work

To receive the complete 05/29/06 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.8M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

To receive the complete 02/27/06 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 2.8M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

To receive the complete 12/12/05 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 3M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

Significant Headlines of 12/12/05 issue:

Railroad Runs Through Aitkin

Jerry Downs, Lakeland Farmers Ins., Shaft Local Homeowner
Offered $2,750 for $24,000+  Disaster

Northern Herald Goes to 8-Week Schedule

Back-To-Hack To Feature Volunteer Firefighters

December Wine Tastings at Hackensack

S. D. Initiative Would Hold Judges Accountable

Ericksons Recovering From Shooting

"Northwoods and Lakes" Real Estate Guide - Who is this?

Curtis Coubello at CajunFest!

Guest Column by Mrs. Patricia Gould
American Indian Commission Meets After Deadly Force Used


In Focus

    Dayton Scoggins, Brad Sharp Take Top Honors in Chainsaw Sculpting

    Waterfowl Weekend at Sportsman's Warehouse

    Harvest Fest at Remer!

    Hubbard Posse Holds Outing and Feed

    BSU Jazz Helps Us Remember When


Consumer Corner

    Prepaid Cellular: Costs Vary Greatly

    Snuff: Copenhagen vs. Longhorn

    Bemidji Tires Plus Saw Her Coming

     Furnace Replacement Comparisons - Bemidji Heating Contractors

     Things That Just Don't Work

         Toner Bums

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To receive the complete 07/04/05 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 3M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

To receive the complete 05/16/05 issue of NORTHERN HERALD in .pdf format, (download size & time: 3M - about 15 minutes w/o broadband) click here.

Contact Us! If you have problems loading or viewing our new format, or comments, click here to let us know! We'll try to fix any bugs!

Last words from our Editor...

Ever notice how, when a floppy fails, most tracks are usually OK and there are just a few bad spots? What a waste! Why throw away the whole disk?

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our special superglue
magnifying glass
some Band-Aids(R)

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Extra special for prompt response: Hard drive access sluggish? Send your order today and we'll also include a 486 or 586-size can of WD-40(R) with a special straw that conveniently fits the apertures in your tower!

Northern Herald High Tech - Solutions for Today's Minnesotan!

And remember - if it can't be fixed with duct tape and baling wire - it just can't be fixed!!

-- A. Steele, Editor

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YAHOO! You can use the YAHOO! search engine from this site to find other places of interest on the web! Just click here or on the Yahoo! logo at the very bottom of this page.

U.S. CODE SEARCH Click here to find federal laws

JEFFERSON LOCATOR. Click here to review the status of any pending or past Congressional bills, including H.R. 1009 (the gun control law repealer)

THE GOVERNOR'S PAGE. Get information from, or contact the Office of Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota.

THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE. Complete text of bills and status. Contact your legislator here (Tip: If you want it read, be brief & to the point. These guys have a lot to read!)

Current & prior years IRS FEDERAL TAX INFORMATION AND FORMS. You may procure filable downloads of forms, as well as IRS publications from this location.


Official Distribution Site for PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY (PGP). Why let the Internet world read your email? This very professional software lets you secure your email and files using the same type of "public key" encryption method used by high security government cryptographers. PGP has been extensively reviewed on the web, and it's FREE! for noncommercial use (U.S. citizens only). Click here either to download or find out more! Note: This "trial" program remains functional (limited) after the 30 day free trial. If you want more bells and whistles, then, you can buy them, but you don't have to in order to continue to use the basic program.

VOICE STRESS ANALYSIS FREEWARE. Want to turn your computer into a truth verification device? This is a free version of a method similar to that used by law enforcement. Of course, lie detection takes training, so your accuracy may not be exactly impeccable, and as we haven't independently tested the program, we can't comment on the accuracy of this method. But for interested persons who want to experiment with computerized VSA, this is where you get it FREE!

MINNESOTA CIVIL PROCEDURE FORM 22 (NOTICE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SERVICE BY MAIL - as prescribed under Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4.05). If you've been looking all over the net and not finding this form (which keeps the Sheriff from having to do the work of the Postman), you can find it here.