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While a handful of economic challenges face the area, Beltrami County's recent population growth offers some opportunities. Anthony Schaffhauser, executive director of the Center for Research and Innovation Custom College, presented an honors lecture titled "The Bemidji Area Economy: What to Expect and How to Harness It" Thursday night at Bemidji State University.
The business community was invited to attend Tuesday's City Council work session to discuss potential plans for the revitalization of downtown Bemidji. The City Council announced last week that it intends to move the proposed events center from the downtown railroad corridor to the south shore of Lake Bemidji. In doing so, the council removed the key effort toward downtown revitalization.
LuAnn Lissick did her homework. She reviewed city requirements, met with city planners and developed a budget for a 40-unit townhouse project in Bemidji. Back then, the city's proposed sewer and water access connection fees did not exist, so Lissick didn't budget them into her plans.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Vietnam traveling wall The City Council considered a request to allow the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall at the waterfront while it is in Bemidji from April 2-7. ACTION: The council voted unanimously to approve. Nymore Street improvements The City Council considered adopting the assessment toll for the improvements to Nymore Street totaling $119,873.50. ACTION: The council voted unanimously to approve. CSL study The City Council considered a proposal from Conventions, Sports & Leisure to perform a second f
The city will hire a consultant after all. The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted unanimously to move forward toward retaining Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure for two components of events center planning. CSL was retained at a cost of $30,000 to perform a second analysis of the proposed Bemidji events center. The study will essentially be an update of the 2006 feasibility study. CSL will also likely be hired to serve as a consultant in lease negotiations between the city and Bemidji State University.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall may come to Bemidji next spring. The Bemidji City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider a request to allow the waterfront to showcase the traveling wall April 2-7, 2008. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall is a half-size replica of the full memorial in Washington, D.C.
Don't be too surprised if you see more hunters out today than in recent years. Minnesota's firearms deer-hunting opener is today, and Mark Cook, owner/manager of Bluewater Outdoors, said he would estimate that there are more hunters this year than in the past. "I would say there is more interest," he said.
More new reading materials. More new DVDs, CDs and audio books. More hours of service. These were the top three items that Bemidji Public Library patrons marked as the most needed improvements to their local library. A handful of people attended Thursday's follow-up meeting on the Kitchigami Regional Library System's strategic planning process.
"A double blow." That's what Patrick Donnay, president of the Downtown Development Authority, called Wednesday's announcement that the events center would be proposed to be located on the south shore and not downtown. The city not only canceled a redevelopment strategy for downtown, but it also is advocating for what will likely create a competing business district, Donnay said. "I represent the downtown businesses, and for us, this is a double blow," he said. Officials on Wednesday pledged that they would work with the downtown businesses to identify a revitalization plan for downtown.
A relocation to the south shore of Lake Bemidji has resurrected the events center project. Mayor Richard Lehmann announced Wednesday that the city of Bemidji has made an offer to purchase nearly 130 acres of land from ShoreQuest owner John Zacher and neighboring landowners in order to locate the events center on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. Negotiation are continuing, so the price of the offer is not public, Lehmann said. Officials stressed that the project would have died had a new location not been chosen. "If the City Council didn't make this decision, (the proposal) was stalled," s