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A man who previously was convicted for causing the death of his 7-week-old son is expected to be sentenced next month for allegedly injuring his 6-week-old son last year. Kristian James Donnell, 30, of Red Lake, is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 6 for felony neglect or endangerment of a child. He remains in custody in the Beltrami County Jail. Donnell was convicted on April 6, 1998, for unlawful killing of a human being without malice and served 51 months. He pleaded guilty in U.S.
The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival caps its number of teams at 100. Bemidji Rotary President Gary Johnson never thought Bemidji would have to worry about implementing a limit. He may have been wrong. The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival last year attracted 36 teams in its inaugural year. This year, 63 teams are signed up to compete Aug.
Deuce, a 200-pound Newfoundland, welcomes visitors when they come to Dancing Bear Resort on Balm Lake. And now, he's bringing in business, too. A group of Newfoundland dog owners drove to Dancing Bear last weekend with their seven dogs.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday voiced concerns with a request from the Bemidji Area Youth Advisory Commission to waive the requirement for potential members to be enrolled in a high school or a post-secondary institution. Leslie Rith-Najarian, an incoming senior at Bemidji High School who will serve as the president of the commission this coming term, presented the proposed BYAC bylaws for council approval. Rith-Najarian said the three individuals who served on the bylaws committee supported including the requirement that potential members be in school, but the membership of the entire c
City Manager John Chattin has done a satisfactory job in his first six months on the job. The Bemidji City Council on Monday approved the minutes from the July 9 special work session in which the council reviewed Chattin's performance. Chattin's review was conducted during a closed portion of the July 9 meeting. Jim Brimeyer with Hopkins-based The Brimeyer Group Inc., which conducted the search for a new city manager last year, also attended the closed meeting. According to the minutes of the meeting, Brimeyer met first with just the City Council, summarizing the results of the review and
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Payment of bills The City Council considered paying the bills totaling more than $1.1 million. ACTION: The council voted unanimously to approve, but pulled a bill for $60,292.08 to Lawntech Inc. for its work on Highway 197. Councilor Nancy Erickson requested that the bill not be paid at this time. Youth Advisory Commission The council considered the bylaws presented by the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission.
Councilor Jerry Downs will not be a voting member of the Parks and Recreation Commission. The majority of the Bemidji City Council decided on Monday that the citizens' advisory commissions should continue to be citizen-oriented. Downs, who serves on the Park and Recreation Commission as an ex officio member, applied to become a voting member. The matter originally was set to be considered during the consent agenda, but Mayor Richard Lehmann asked that the request be removed for discussion. Lehmann said he thought Downs would do an "excellent" job as a voting member, but was concerned about
The deal has been inked. The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted 6-1 to approve an agreement with Headwaters Regional Development Commission authorizing HRDC to be the project coordinator on the events center. After meeting with the council last Tuesday, HRDC submitted a proposal in which the council would pay up to $48,500 to HRDC for its services. Dave Hengel, HRDC's director of community leadership and development, and Cliff Tweedale, the executive director, will serve as the co-staff on the project. After Monday's council meeting, Hengel said he is looking forward to working with the
Discussion of a potential partnership between the Bemidji City Council and the Headwaters Regional Development Commission will continue on Monday as councilors are expected to consider a proposal from HRDC to facilitate the project. The council and HRDC Executive Director Cliff Tweedale discussed the project during a special meeting on Tuesday, but specific details of a proposal were not identified. The proposal is expected to include costs and will likely detail the HRDC's role in facilitating the project.
DreamCatcher Aviation hopes Bemidji airport officials will soon clear the business for takeoff. DreamCatcher hopes to launch a venture in which it would paint, furnish and refurbish corporate and similar-sized aircraft to meet its customers' specifications. And, company officials hope the new business will be headquartered in Bemidji. During a special meeting of the Bemidji Regional Airport Commission on Tuesday, representatives of DreamCatcher Aviation presented their proposal to base a new aviation company at the Bemidji airport. The business would be marketed worldwide to corporations a