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The Bemidji City Council unanimously voted to support the Joint Economic Development Commission - but not until after a previous motion to terminate the agreement failed. Historically, the council has approved three-year agreements with the JEDC and contributed $20,000 a year. Due to a mistake, the JEDC this year was acting for retroactive approval and funding for 2007, plus $25,000 a year for 2008 and 2009.
Two of the three suspects in Friday's drive-by shooting have been charged. Jesus Thomas Ali, 21, of St.
Don't call it the parks and recreation commission. Due to a "nay" vote from Councilor Jerry Downs, the name will remain the Parks and Trails Commission. The name of the commission was inadvertently changed to the Parks and Trails Commission during the recodification of the Bemidji City Code, which was adopted Aug.
Bemidji is already meeting a new requirement for phosphorus discharge, yet the City Council on Monday decided to contribute $1,000 to a fight against the new level restriction. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota, to which Bemidji belongs, is threatening a lawsuit with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency over its new requirement for all new or expanding wastewater treatment facilities to meet a 1 milligram per liter phosphorus limit.
The city of Bemidji has proposed a levy increase of 9.9 percent for 2008. During a Truth in Taxation hearing at Bemidji City Hall Monday, Finance Director Ron Eischens explained the levy increase and answered questions from the City Council. One resident attended the hearing, but did not ask questions or address the council. The City Council will adopt the final budget during its Dec. 17 meeting.
How much will the south shore property cost?
Bemidji City Hall has a new addition, thanks to Kathy Kippley. Kippley has donated a long, red-and-black banner to City Hall. The banner is about eight feet long and has "Bemidji" sewn lengthwise on it. Atop the banner is an emblem featuring the waterfront's Paul and Babe. The banner was hung in the Council Chambers on Nov. 19. "We feel so honored to have found a home for the Bemidji banner in the City Council Chambers," Kippley said in a write-up about the project.
Cautiously optimistic. That seemed to be the most common reaction among residents who viewed the proposed site plans for the south shore of Lake Bemidji. The design team unveiled the site plans during a City Council work session on Tuesday, and a public open house was held Wednesday to showcase the plans to residents. "I think it's very impressive," said Janice Dagen of Bemidji, who said she has been in favor of the events center - but not always the location, and likes the south shore site much more. The council's decision to move the events center to the south shore was a good idea to Ch
The site plan for the south shore of Lake Bemidji certainly has Bemidji's "city as a park" theme in mind. Of the 130 acres planned to be purchased in the area, parkland is now proposed to cover about one-third of the land. The design team hired to develop plans for the proposed events center unveiled site plans on Tuesday during a City Council work session at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Manus Ginis, the principal director of design with Leo A.
The Bemidji Police Department has announced that Capt. Daryle Russell will retire on Friday. According to a press release, Russell first joined the department in October 1980, and has been a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and captain, a position he has held since 2001. Filling the captain position will be Sgt. Robert Lehmann, who has been with the Bemidji Police Department since Sept. 1, 1982. Lehmann was promoted to sergeant on Dec.