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The Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center in Bemidji on Dec.
The typical offender confined at the Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center in Bemidji is a 15-year-old American Indian boy from Beltrami County. And, the boy has been in trouble before, as he's most likely at the center for a probation violation. But, because the corrections program also includes an educational proponent, he's more likely to be up to three times further ahead in his schooling when he's released. And that's most likely, center officials say, because he's a captive audience for school. The Bemidji Area Intergovernmental Relations Committee held its quarterly meeting Thursda
With the largest deployment of the Minnesota National Guard since World War II barely on station in Iraq, efforts are already underway to prepare for their return. "We trained people for six months to go to war and kill people for a year," Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said Thursday.
After a stumble a few years ago, Beltrami County's Extension Service offerings are growing and making a difference, officials say. "Extension is a way of finding information and also of bringing people together," Elaine Hoffman, chairwoman of the Beltrami County Extension Committee, told county commissioners Tuesday. "There are so many activities for young people, and I am amazed at how many people this affects," she said.
Minnesota local governments spent nearly $7.8 million in 2005 -- a 24.4 percent increase -- to lobby legislators, says a report this week from State Auditor Patricia Anderson. In addition, local governments paid more than $9.5 million in dues to local government associations that represent their interests in St. Paul, which, Anderson says, represents an expenditure of taxpayer dollars. "Taxpayers should be concerned about the enormous amount of public dollars being spent by local governments on lobbying costs," the Republican state auditor said.
A plan guiding the formal development of trails, as well as the creation of a Park and Trail Advisory Council, won approval Tuesday from Beltrami County commissioners. The county is expected to soon begin the process of filling the nine voting spots on the new council, whose first job will be to start working on a parks plan. "This could become a best practices model for other counties," said board Chairman Joe Vene. "This is an exciting time for Beltrami County," added Commissioner Jack Frost. The recreational trails plan, which a task force spent more than a year developing, makes sugges
The framework for a countywide Park and Trail Advisory Commission, as well as a recreational trails plan, is expected to be adopted Tuesday by Beltrami County commissioners. Both items are on the County Board's regular agenda when it meets at 5 p.m.
The heat continues to rise over the election of Beltrami County's DFL delegates to congressional district and state conventions, with the state DFL chairman stepping aside from the fray. Based on three challenges from four delegates to the county's March 19 convention, a State DFL Party commission earlier this week ruled that the Beltrami County DFL reconvene its county convention into separate 7th and 8th Congressional District factions to elect delegates. But the Beltrami County DFL Executive Committee voted unanimously on Monday to appeal that decision, and will send their delegate slate
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking the Legislature for $1 million to keep a number of Mississippi River recreation and camping areas open that the U.S.
The full Minnesota House on Wednesday approved a $949 million state building projects bill virtually identical to last week's initial proposal. That means Bemidji's $3 million for planning, design and site acquisition for a regional events center is in and nearly all other area projects are out. The big winner, however, is academic projects at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. The Republican-controlled House bill includes $700,000 for renovations to BSU's Sattgast Hall science building and $500,000 for Northwest Tech construction technology labs as part of a $5.14 mi