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Bemidji Township appeals dismissal of annexation lawsuit

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BEMIDJI -- The annexation lawsuit between Bemidji Township and the city of Bemidji may be headed for the state Court of Appeals.

In documents dated Wednesday, the township's lawyer, John Steffenhagen, appealed a March 20 decision by Ninth District Court Judge Paul T. Benshoof, which dismissed the two-year long annexation civil lawsuit. The lawsuit arose when the city allegedly annexed property within Bemidji Township improperly.

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The appeal calls into question whether Benshoof was correct in confirming a 2013 arbitrator's award, which itself confirmed a May settlement agreement. Language in that agreement was determined by Benshoof to call for the lawsuit's dismissal.

The appeal also requests oral argument.

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