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A new program aims to convince existing businesses to branch out from their current sites and plant new locations in our region. GrowBemidji is a three-year business-recruitment program that will strive to find quality, non-retail companies that will locate in the greater Bemidji area. "It's probably the largest business-recruitment effort ever undertaken by the county or the city," said Larry Young, the executive director of the Joint Economic Development Commission.
Icy road conditions were a factor in two personal-injury accidents in the Wednesday night. Two Bagley residents were injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident which occurred at 8:24 p.m. on U.S. Highway 2 east of Shevlin when the 1989 Ford Ranger they were in went into the ditch and rolled. Tina Cloud, 46, of Bagley, was driving the pickup on icy roads with strong crosswinds, according to the State Patrol report. Both Cloud and a passenger, Robert Stevens, 53, of Bagley, needed to be extricated from the vehicle.
The Bagley American Legion was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. The unknown suspect got away with approximately $1,800 in cash, according to a press release from the Bagley Police Department. An employee reported that she had been robbed at gunpoint by a male wearing a blaze orange face mask. Officers with the Bagley Police Department and Clearwater County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of a burglary at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, the press release said. The suspect is described as 6-foot tall to 6-foot-3, having a slender build, and around 20 to 25 years old.
Markus Matthew Moe, 19, of Bemidji, was sentenced Tuesday for third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He pleaded guilty to the charge Aug. 28. He was sentenced by Judge Paul Benshoof to 36 months in prison and given a stay of execution for 15 years. He must serve 90 days in jail and pay or work off a $300 fine. As a condition of the stayed sentence, Moe must register as a sex offender, complete outpatient sex offender treatment, complete individual therapy, take all of his prescribed medications, not use the Internet or possess sexual materials.
An attentive employee driving along Clearwater County Road 3 near Clearbrook detected an oil leak in a pipeline system Tuesday morning. Two lines of the pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, were closed on Tuesday due to the small leak, said company spokesperson Larry Springer. The "pinhole leak" was detected about 6 a.m. by an employee who could smell oil in the area, Springer said. Two lines were quickly shut down while the company investigated which line was leaking oil, Springer said. Once the leak was located, the second line was reopened Tuesday afternoon.
John Chattin and Al Felix faced a firing squad armed with questions Wednesday. Chattin, the Bemidji city manager, and Felix, the city attorney, attended a meeting hosted by the business community to answer questions about the proposed events center.
Everyone was committed to having a vibrant downtown in Bemidji. What was unclear was how to get there - and how much it should cost. The Bemidji City Council on Tuesday met in a work session with the Downtown Development Authority and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss the potential for downtown revitalization.
The Bemidji Economic Development Authority approved the purchase of the North Central Door property Tuesday night. The 10-acre parcel is in the 130 acres that the city intends to purchase along the south shore of Lake Bemidji.
Looking for a lost pet? The Bemidji Police Department has established an online Web site where pet owners can search descriptions and view photos of recently found animals. Additionally, residents who have found an animal may also post its description and photograph online.
While a handful of economic challenges face the area, Beltrami County's recent population growth offers some opportunities. Anthony Schaffhauser, executive director of the Center for Research and Innovation Custom College, presented an honors lecture titled "The Bemidji Area Economy: What to Expect and How to Harness It" Thursday night at Bemidji State University.