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Bemidji City Council: State of the City coming Tuesday

Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann will deliver this year's State of the City Tuesday evening.

The address will open the regular Bemidji City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Interested residents may also watch the speech on TV on Channel 2.

The meeting is on Tuesday as Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This will be Lehmann's fourth State of the City address. His first was given in January 2007, after voters in November 2006 voted to amend the City Charter to include a requirement for an annual address.

Bada Bing

Bemidji Police Chief Gerald Johnson has requested that the Bemidji City Council consider suspending the liquor license for Bada Bing.

The council is scheduled during Monday's regular meeting to consider setting a public hearing for Feb. 16 to consider the possible suspension.

The request was prompted by a 2 a.m. call to the establishment on Jan. 3, according to a memorandum from City Attorney Al Felix in the agenda packet.

Then, officers with the Bemidji Police Department found 11 individuals consuming alcohol. Three employees were present.

The manager of the facility, Brittany Anne Sand, has been cited for allowing displayed consumption of alcohol after hours, according to a Bemidji Police report included in the council agenda packet.

The liquor license for Bada Bing has been approved for 2010. The council is set to discuss suspending that on-sale license.

The council also discussed the liquor license in 2008, after the Police Department initially did not recommend approval.

Bemidji City Code states that the council may revoke or suspected an on-sale liquor license for up to 60 days for any reasonable cause.

However, the licensee must first be afforded the opportunity appear for a hearing before the council, a council committee or hearing examiner.