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All of the events center plans - including the long-term "dream" - will be presented to legislators when they visit Bemidji later this month. The Bemidji City Council on Monday told the Headwaters Regional Development Commission to present legislators with both the current plan for an events center/arena and its long-term desire to also have a complex with a second sheet of ice and a convention center. The City Council has voted in support of a $50 million events center/arena. Half of the funding for the project would come from the half-cent sales tax.
Markus Matthew Moe, 19, of Bemidji pleaded guilty Tuesday to a serious felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 14-year-old girl. Moe will next appear in court Oct. 22, with the charge defined as sexual contact with a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 when the perpetrator is more than 24 months older than the victim. The Bemidji Police Department was called about 11 p.m. June 13 to North Country Regional Hospital to a complaint of sexual assault.
More than 20 people called the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office Tuesday regarding mail that may have been stolen from them Aug. 24. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office said several people had called to report the possible theft of their mail, and the calls were still coming. A Beltrami County citizen reported Friday that he had found a large quantity of mail near his residence.
If you care about the environment, is it hypocritical to drive around in a car promoting that message?
Ronald Mann, 50, of Cass Lake, was arraigned Tuesday for felony second-degree murder in Cass County District Court. Bail was set at $500,000. His next court date is Friday. Ronald Mann is accused of murdering his 74-year-old father, Ivan Mann, whose body was found on Friday in a wooded area near his home in Wilkinson Township. According to the criminal complaint, Ronald Mann killed his father following an argument.
Bemidji State University and the city of Bemidji are still negotiating an agreement in which the university would serve as the anchor tenant of the events center, Mayor Richard Lehmann said Monday. "They are working with us," he said. Lehmann's comments were made during a special Bemidji City Council work session that unveiled preliminary design plans of a multiuse events center for downtown Bemidji. He was responding to a comment from Bemidji resident Lisa Boulay, who challenged BSU officials in attendance to "show us you're committed." While the City Council previously voiced support fo
Jay Allen Lutgen, 19, of Bemidji, was charged Monday with first degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under the age of 13, a serious felony. Bail was set at $50,000. His next court date is Sept. 4. Lutgen is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl on several occasions throughout several months. According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office were called to North Country Regional Hospital on Aug. 21 in regard to a sexual assault of a child. On Aug.
The Court of Appeals said on Tuesday that Nicholas Shutter should indeed be tried as an adult for the murder of his grandmother, Marilyn Shutter, 55, of Bemidji. Nicholas Shutter allegedly shot and killed Marilyn Shutter on Thanksgiving Day, Aug. 24, 2005, with a deer rifle. Marilyn Shutter and her husband, Theodore Shutter, had adopted Nicholas Shutter as a young child and had been raising him as their son.
The 10,000 square feet that was to be included for events center space in the proposed Bemidji events center have been removed, at least temporarily. The design team, led by Manos Ginis, the principal director of design at Leo A. Daly, presented "very, very preliminary" schematic designs to the Bemidji City Council on Monday. "It is a fine balance what we built and how much of it," Ginis said. The 10,000 square feet of events center space, or meeting rooms, was removed from plans to accommodate more suites for Bemidji State University hockey.
With about 40 pairs of eyes looking for his views on the proposed Bemidji events center, attorney Brian Schoenborn made his opinion clear. "I believe you can build a first-class building that is a shining light to the country right here -- and do it reasonably priced," said Schoenborn, a St. Cloud attorney with Leonard, Street and Deinard, which he said is the leading sports law firm in a five-state region. Schoenborn was invited to Bemidji by the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, which is acting as the project coordinator on the events center.