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Bemidji city, township in mediation

BEMIDJI —A dispute over the Bemidji area’s annexation agreement was the subject of a mediation session Wednesday night.

But what was discussed there is unknown.

Jim Thomson, a Twin Cities-based lawyer representing the city of Bemidji in a dispute with Bemidji Township, acknowledged a meditation session took place but couldn’t discuss what happened.

The Bemidji City Council will have a closed meeting Monday night to discuss the pending litigation with the township.

The township filed a lawsuit in August alleging the city has repeatedly violated the joint resolution for orderly annexation.

The two sides have a scheduling conference set for May 31 with Beltrami County District Court Judge John Melbye, according to court records.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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