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Mel Milender, left, the outgoing planning administrator for the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, accepts a gift from city and township officials Wednesday night at a joint meeting of the Bemidji City Council and Bemidji and Northern town boards at Bemidji City Hall. Pictured at right is Greg Negard, the chairman of the JPB. Milender, who has served as the JPB planning administrator since 2007, will retire this spring. Pioneer Photo/Bethany Wesley

City, townships look to future

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This year will mark a turning point for the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board.

Not only will the top administrator be retiring, but the three local governmental units that comprise the JPB also are considering expanding its responsibilities.


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