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Local bar owner dies

BEMIDJI -- The owner of a popular Bemidji bar and restaurant has died.

Karl Jacobson, 39, died in his home Sunday, according to police and family. Authorities have ruled out foul play in the death, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said.

Jacobson, the owner of Slim's Bar and Grill since 2007, was active in the Beltrami Area Beverage Association and in 2009 helped create the Safe Ride program, which offers late-night transportation to patrons of local bars.

Jacobson also was a vocal opponent of a hospitality tax being sought earlier this year by the city of Bemidji. He spoke to the City Council at a town hall meeting in April as a representative of the beverage association in opposition to the tax.

Jacobson remained critical throughout the debate in whether the city should implement the tax, which would have imposed a 1 percent fee on food, beverage and lodging purchases to go toward Sanford Center operations. The tax was not included in an omnibus tax bill at the end of the legislative session.

A family member of Jacobson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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