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Bemidji School Board; District-owned properties eyed

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Bemidji School Board; District-owned properties eyed
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Vacant properties owned by the Bemidji School District are generating interest from potential buyers.

On Monday night, Chris Leinen, the district's director of business services, presented the Bemidji School Board with an update on four vacant district-owned properties.

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He said the district has entered into a Multiple Listing Services contract with Century 21 Dickinson Realtors of Bemidji for the sale of the former Community Education building, which is located at 1420 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Leinen said the property is listed for sale at $240,000. He added that the property had been shown twice as of Jan. 19.

The district is also pursuing an appraisal from the real estate agency for 4.1 acres located at First Street and Grant Avenue Southeast in the Lake Bemidji south shore area.

Leinen said the district is in talks with the city of Bemidji about the potential sale of the property to the city. He said the property is adjacent to the site where the city plans to build the Bemidji regional events center.

Meanwhile, the district will list 2 acres northwest of Blackduck for sale at $15,000. Because there are people interested in buying the property, Mark Dickinson of Century 21 recommended the district list it at that price, Leinen said.

He said Dickinson also suggested the district deed a fourth vacant property - 1 acre in Buzzle Township near Nelson Dam - to the state.

The property, Leinen said, is bordered on three sides by state property and there is a lack of access to the property.

He said Dickinson explained that the expenses of selling the land may exceed any revenue because its value is minimal.

Leinen said he will contact the state to see if it is interested in the property.

Board member Ann Long Voelkner suggested that Leinen ask the state if it would trade state-owned property near district-owned property for the 1 acre located in Buzzle Township.

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