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Memorial wall to be considered for Bemidji

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall may come to Bemidji next spring.

The Bemidji City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider a request to allow the waterfront to showcase the traveling wall April 2-7, 2008.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall is a half-size replica of the full memorial in Washington, D.C. Often referred to as "The Wall that Heals," it has been traveling around the nation for more than 20 years.

The request comes from Mike Liapis, the adjutant of Ralph Gracie Post 14 in Bemidji.

The waterfront was selected as the optimum site in Bemidji to host the traveling wall because it "will give us maximum exposure for the Memorial and offers the perfect set-up for the traveling museum," Liapis wrote to the council.

The City Council also is expected to consider the following:

-- Events center: A second events center feasibility study by Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports and Leisure International. Later in the meeting, the Headwaters Regional Development Commission will also offer its events center update.

-- Fee schedule: The council will consider adopting its 2008 fee schedule, which includes new connection fees for water and sewer systems and increased gas and electric fees.

-- Park commission: The council is expected to consider an amendment to the city's ordinance that would limit membership to the Bemidji Park and Recreation Commission to city residents.

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