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Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: MnDOT resolution The City Council considered an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the upcoming reconstruction of Bemidji Avenue/Highway 197. The agreement outlines the city's costs for the project (about $1.5 million) and details a detour agreement, in which MnDOT will pay the city about $10,700 for the use of city streets for a detour.
Next week is going to be a critical week for the events center, Cliff Tweedale said Monday. Tweedale, the executive director of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, offered his monthly update on the events center during Monday's Bemidji City Council meeting. The City Council will see a new site design for the events center, which is now planned to be on the south shore of Lake Bemidji, during a work session at 5:15 p.m.
The Bemidji City Council will meet at 7 p.m. to Monday for a regular council meet at Bemidji City Hall. There are few new items on the council's agenda. The council is schedule to hold the final reading, and possibly approve, the city's 2008 fees schedule, which would include increased gas and electric fees and new connection fees for sewer and water access. Also on the agenda is the following: E Adopting of a resolution approving a cooperative agreement with Minnesota Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of Bemidji Avenue from Third Street to 23rd Street.
A new program aims to convince existing businesses to branch out from their current sites and plant new locations in our region. GrowBemidji is a three-year business-recruitment program that will strive to find quality, non-retail companies that will locate in the greater Bemidji area. "It's probably the largest business-recruitment effort ever undertaken by the county or the city," said Larry Young, the executive director of the Joint Economic Development Commission.
Markus Matthew Moe, 19, of Bemidji, was sentenced Tuesday for third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He pleaded guilty to the charge Aug. 28. He was sentenced by Judge Paul Benshoof to 36 months in prison and given a stay of execution for 15 years. He must serve 90 days in jail and pay or work off a $300 fine. As a condition of the stayed sentence, Moe must register as a sex offender, complete outpatient sex offender treatment, complete individual therapy, take all of his prescribed medications, not use the Internet or possess sexual materials.
The Bagley American Legion was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. The unknown suspect got away with approximately $1,800 in cash, according to a press release from the Bagley Police Department. An employee reported that she had been robbed at gunpoint by a male wearing a blaze orange face mask. Officers with the Bagley Police Department and Clearwater County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of a burglary at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, the press release said. The suspect is described as 6-foot tall to 6-foot-3, having a slender build, and around 20 to 25 years old.
Icy road conditions were a factor in two personal-injury accidents in the Wednesday night. Two Bagley residents were injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident which occurred at 8:24 p.m. on U.S. Highway 2 east of Shevlin when the 1989 Ford Ranger they were in went into the ditch and rolled. Tina Cloud, 46, of Bagley, was driving the pickup on icy roads with strong crosswinds, according to the State Patrol report. Both Cloud and a passenger, Robert Stevens, 53, of Bagley, needed to be extricated from the vehicle.
An attentive employee driving along Clearwater County Road 3 near Clearbrook detected an oil leak in a pipeline system Tuesday morning. Two lines of the pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, were closed on Tuesday due to the small leak, said company spokesperson Larry Springer. The "pinhole leak" was detected about 6 a.m. by an employee who could smell oil in the area, Springer said. Two lines were quickly shut down while the company investigated which line was leaking oil, Springer said. Once the leak was located, the second line was reopened Tuesday afternoon.
John Chattin and Al Felix faced a firing squad armed with questions Wednesday. Chattin, the Bemidji city manager, and Felix, the city attorney, attended a meeting hosted by the business community to answer questions about the proposed events center.
The Bemidji Economic Development Authority approved the purchase of the North Central Door property Tuesday night. The 10-acre parcel is in the 130 acres that the city intends to purchase along the south shore of Lake Bemidji.