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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider choosing a realtor to help sell land near the south shore of Lake Bemidji.

The council, acting as the Bemidji Economic Development Authority, may choose from several Bemidji-area brokers who responded to a call for applications to provide multiple listing services in selling about 16 acres of land. The city has been seeking a buyer for the land since the construction of the Sanford Center.

Mark Dickinson, owner of Century 21 Dickinson Realtors; Bob Kiewatt Jr., broker at Lake-N-Woods Realty and Jerry Vargo, associate broker along with realtors Harry and Noemi Aylesworth of Real Living First Realty, all stand to obtain the city contract.

The city initially had an exclusive contract with a Twin Cities broker it later fired, instead relying on Greater Bemidji and the Headwaters Regional Development Commission to promote the property, Bemidji City Manager John Chattin said Friday. The city will still use Greater Bemidji and HRDC, but now with the additional help of professional realtors, Chattin said.

Once the city chooses a realtor, it would likely take about a week before a contract is finished, Chattin said. The property to be sold includes land near the lake as well as the former site of the Minnesota Department of Transportation office, Chattin said.

Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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