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Dennis Wilbur Marquardt, 25, of Bemidji, was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree assault, a felony, for an incident that occurred on Saturday. According to the criminal complaint, Marquardt's family members contacted police to ask for their assistance in getting him some help. When police located Marquardt in the Paul Bunyan Mall parking lot, he allegedly threatened to commit suicide and said, "There are some (expletive) people I might want to hurt." For the safety of the public, police officers decided to take Marquardt to North Country Regional Hospital, the complaint said. But
Bemidji City Manager John Chattin last week was elected to the League of Minnesota Cities' board of directors. The election took place during LMC's annual conference, at which Bemidji also was honored as a "City of Excellence" by the LMC. "I consider it quite an honor to be able to serve on the board," Chattin said. Chattin said a person indicates an interest to serve on the board, submits an application and résumé, and is then interviewed by the nominating committee.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Alley vacation The council held the second reading of an ordinance that would authorize the city to vacate an alley between Grant and McKinley avenues southeast and Third and Fourth streets southeast.
Voting unanimously to postpone consideration of a second feasibility study on the proposed regional events center, the Bemidji City Council on Monday said it needed answers to questions that councilors have been asking for some time. Mainly, what would Bemidji State University's role be in the proposed facility? Until the council better understands what a partnership would entail, members were unwilling to approve a second study. "We need to take this one step at a time," said Councilor Barb Meuers. City Manager John Chattin said the design team currently is planning the facility to meet t
The Bemidji City Council is expected to discuss Monday night whether to retain Conventions, Sports and Leisure International to conduct another study on the proposed events center. In November 2006, Wayzata-based CSL released a feasibility study on the events center, but the study then was based on a multipurpose facility that had the capacity to hold sporting events, entertainment events, conventions, conferences, exhibitions and recreation events.
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest boating days of the year. Thus, the U.S. Coast Guard is reminding people to take extra caution over the holiday - and, especially, reminding boaters and passengers to wear their life jackets. "Life jackets are the No. 1 way that American's 77 million-plus boaters can protect themselves," according to a pres release from the Coast Guard. Minnesota ranks No. 7 in U.S. states, tied with Missouri, in the number of boating fatalities, the release said. According to the Coast Guard, Minnesota and Missouri each had 24 boating fatalities in 2005.
Bemidji has been named a "City of Excellence" by the League of Minnesota Cities. The LMC honored Bemidji as one of four cities of excellence Thursday night during its annual conference. Bemidji was recognized for its work in developing the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board. The GBJPB was formed to develop one set of zoning and subdivision ordinances for the city of Bemidji, Northern Township and Bemidji Township. In the first phase of the plan, the city and both townships developed a plan for orderly annexation.
To celebrate the release of its third CD, "Some of These Days," Sam Miltich and The Clearwater Hot Club will perform in its favorite location: northern Minnesota. "We'd rather play in northern Minnesota than anywhere else," said Matthew Miltich, a Bemidji State University graduate who plays string bass. "This is home for all of us." Clearwater, a gypsy jazz band that combines Brazilian choro and French musette, will play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. The band's first CD, "Sammo," was released in November 2003.
When Avery Goeddertz, 7, scored the game-winning goal in the final seconds of his youth hockey game Wednesday night, he turned to his father and said, "See, Dad, I'm just like Joe Motzko." Avery was beaming Thursday afternoon, after having had his picture taken alongside Motzko and the Stanley Cup, the National Hockey League's treasured trophy. Motzko, a member of the 2007 NHL championship Anaheim Ducks, brought the cup to Bemidji, his hometown, and shared it with fans Thursday afternoon at the Bemidji Community Arena. "It was cool," Avery said.
For nine years, the Rev. Carol Cruise asked God to choose someone else. He didn't. And so, on Jan. 1, 2002, she took one step forward, one of the many she will need to take to complete her goal of walking around the perimeter of the United States. In December 1992, Cruise's right leg was amputated due to an injury. Doctors performed 15 surgeries trying to save the leg, but eventually there were no other options. The night before the amputation, she prayed. "I told God I wanted to be a better person, not a bitter person," said Cruise, of Canton, Ohio.