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A 15-year-old boy is in custody following a high-speed chase through downtown Bemidji. The boy led law enforcement personnel on a high-speed chase down Division Street West/Fifth Street Northwest after 9 p.m. Sunday. The chase ultimately ended about 9:30 p.m. when the boy, who had left the Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Center, crashed a stolen car into a tree outside of the Bemidji Fire Hall, according to Bemidji Police Sgt. Robert Lehmann.
Christmas came a little early for the Bemidji Fire Department. The Fire Department recently received new breathing equipment courtesy of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and supporting funds from the city of Bemidji and the Bemidji Pioneer Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief Association. Totaling about $120,000, the money allowed for the purchase of 33 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs, 33 back-up tanks and 46 breathing masks. The new equipment will be operational on Wednesday. Once in use, Bemidji firefighters will all utilize the same air packs as one another.
The Bemidji City Council will this week view the new site plans for the proposed events center. The council is expected to see the revised site plans during a 5:30 p.m. work session Tuesday at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the Sunken Island Room. The City Council had seen design plans and a site plan for the events center when it was proposed to be located in the downtown corridor. Tuesday, however, will offer a plan for how the facility will sit in the south shore area of Lake Bemidji, the new proposed location of the events center.
It's not a done deal yet. The Bemidji City Council held a public hearing and the second reading of an ordinance that would limit membership of the Parks and Trails Commission to city residents. No action was required at the meeting. The council will likely vote on the City Code amendment during its Dec.
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.
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.