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Bemidji City Council to consider Oktoberfest event

The Bemidji City Council will consider on Monday a request from the Bemidji Jaycees to host the city's first Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 5-6.

The agenda item originally was to be considered Aug. 6, but was postponed until the Aug. 20 meeting.

The event is planned to be held in "portions of downtown," according to council documents.

The Jaycees plan to sell alcoholic beverages to those 21 years old and up 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 5-6 and noon to 1 a.m. Oct. 6-7. Anyone under the age of 16 will be required to vacate the premises after 10 a.m. Wrist bands will be used to identify patrons' ages.

Additional information, including a specific location, regarding the planned event will be available at Monday's council meeting.

Also planned for Monday's meeting is an update from the Headwaters Regional Development Commission regarding its work on the proposed events center.

HRDC has been working on coordinating the events center project since the Bemidji City Council signed an agreement with the HRDC on July 16.

The HRDC keeps the City Council aware of its work on the project in three ways. First, councilors receive weekly, written updates on the HRDC's activities concerning events center planning; secondly, HRDC staff gives verbal updates at council meetings; and thirdly, the HRDC has monthly one-on-one meetings with council members.

Councilors requested the verbal updates at council meetings on Aug. 6 so the public could also be kept informed of the plans.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at Bemidji City Hall.