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The Bemidji City Council on Monday decided to "hope for the best, plan for the worst," according to Mayor Richard Lehmann. City staff was directed on Monday to continue working toward a 2008 budget utilizing a 9.9 percent levy increase despite a shrinking amount of state aid. The city of Bemidji earlier this year was poised to receive $428,000 in Local Government Aid in 2008, but by vetoing the 2008-09 budget bill, Gov.
A moratorium is in place. The Bemidji City Council just had to decide if it wants to continue to support it. Councilors on Monday wrestled with what constitutes a donation. Bemidji Youth Baseball previously had requested that the city waive $714 in building permit fees for a $60,000 building project to improve the baseball field on the Bemidji State University campus near Bemidji Avenue. The City Council voted on Aug.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday discussed possible incentives to get residents to "green up" their lawns. Finance Officer Ron Eischens presented information about the current sprinkling program in place and a proposed change that may help residents with the costs associated with the program. The city now allows residents to pay $125 plus installation fees for a second water meter that accurately measures the water usage for sprinkling purposes.
Hypothetically, if a disaster occurs, what would your business do if the work force was cut by 40 percent? If there was no electricity? If your "go-to" person was incapacitated? Beltrami County hosted a seminar on emergency preparedness for businesses on Thursday. Speakers, borrowing a line from the Boy Scouts, urged the public to "be prepared." Linda Chattin with Beltrami County Public Health and Beryl Wernberg, the emergency management director for the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, led the session.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Nymore Days Street Dance The City Council considered a request to close Central Avenue Southeast from the Corner Bar to an alley past The Garden Grill & Pub, and Second Street Southeast between The Garden Grill & Pub and the Corner Bar on Sept. 7 to allow for a street dance and pig roast. Alcohol will be sold at the event, and wrist bands will be used to indicate whether people are of legal age to drink. The event is planned in tandem with the Bemidji State University football team's annual Shrine Game on Sept.
With all plans now approved, Bemidji will wait and see what develops. Literally. The final plat of Voyager Crossing was approved on Wednesday by the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board. The final plat is very similar to the preliminary plat that was approved in September 2004 by the Bemidji City Council. ShoreQuest, the property owner, will divide about 74 acres into 42 commercial parcels and three outlots. The land is on the southeast edge of Lake Bemidji and encompasses 5,000 linear feet of shoreline.
Bemidji Avenue will be reconstructed between Third Street and 23rd Street next year. Two signal lights will be replaced, sewer and water utilities will be replaced and updated, and traffic will be detoured. City Engineer Craig Gray presented the plans for the project to the Bemidji City Council on Monday.
As local officials and volunteers continue to work on securing funding to complete the Paul Bunyan Trail, they will gather on Thursday to celebrate what they already have accomplished. The third annual Paul Bunyan Trail Ride begins at 1:30 p.m. Thursday with a press conference outside the Bemidji Pioneer before the ride commences. A reception and presentation will follow at Hampton Inn & Suites. U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, DFL-Eighth District, and state Rep.
Kristian James Donnell, 30, of Red Lake, was sentenced on Monday for felony neglect or endangerment of a child. Donnell, who was convicted in April 1998 for causing the death of his 7-week-old son, was accused of injuring his 6-week-old son last year. He was sentenced to 55 months in prison and given a stay of execution. He was ordered to serve six months in jail and have supervised probation for five years.
Joyce Oberg is proof that a cancer diagnosis does not equal a death sentence. Oberg has been cancer-free for 33 years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy in 1974. Oberg is this year's honorary chairwoman of the Beltrami County Relay for Life, an annual event that brings together cancer survivors, family members, friends and community members to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The 11th annual Beltrami County Relay for Life will run 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Bemidji High School.