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When the Russian village was asked this year to present a gift to the Peace Site at Concordia Language Village, it selected flowers. The reasoning was that flowers are similar to peace in that they require patience, time, and tending to grow. During each rededication program, one of the 14 Concordia Language Villages is asked to add something to the Peace Site. This year the Russian village, Lesnoe Ozero, was selected.
Three years ago Paul Girouex stepped off the airplane in Bemidji with one dozen flowers in his hand, got down on his knee and proposed to Kristine Stark. Stark, 39, and Girouex, 35, will wed today on July 7, 2007 - or as many are calling it, 07-07-07. "I wanted the perfect day to marry the perfect guy," said Stark about selecting her wedding date. Similarly, after deciding to delay their wedding one year, it didn't take Krista Jonsten and Chris Scanlan very long to select a date. "We realized that next year [this year] is '07 - and July is a number 7 as well," Jonsten said.
Anita Carlson was murdered 20 years ago - and police still don't know who did it. Carlson, 22, was working the late shift at Pete's Place West on U.S. Highway 2 west of Bemidji on June 30, 1987. Customers reported last seeing Carlson around 11 p.m. that night. The next day, the morning manager discovered the store in disarray and Carlson's car still parked behind the store. Six days later, on July 5, her body was found in a remote section of woods off State Highway 89 a few miles from the convenience store.
Melvin Mitch Wilson, 25, of Blackduck. was charged on Friday with third-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to the criminal complaint, a Beltrami County Sheriff's Department officer was driving along County Road 15 on Thursday when he passed an abandoned vehicle and saw a man walking north on Irvine Avenue. The office asked the man, later identified as Wilson, where he was headed and if he would like a ride.
Dennis Wilbur Marquardt, 25, of Bemidji, was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree assault, a felony, for an incident that occurred on Saturday. According to the criminal complaint, Marquardt's family members contacted police to ask for their assistance in getting him some help. When police located Marquardt in the Paul Bunyan Mall parking lot, he allegedly threatened to commit suicide and said, "There are some (expletive) people I might want to hurt." For the safety of the public, police officers decided to take Marquardt to North Country Regional Hospital, the complaint said. But
Bemidji City Manager John Chattin last week was elected to the League of Minnesota Cities' board of directors. The election took place during LMC's annual conference, at which Bemidji also was honored as a "City of Excellence" by the LMC. "I consider it quite an honor to be able to serve on the board," Chattin said. Chattin said a person indicates an interest to serve on the board, submits an application and résumé, and is then interviewed by the nominating committee.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Alley vacation The council held the second reading of an ordinance that would authorize the city to vacate an alley between Grant and McKinley avenues southeast and Third and Fourth streets southeast.
Voting unanimously to postpone consideration of a second feasibility study on the proposed regional events center, the Bemidji City Council on Monday said it needed answers to questions that councilors have been asking for some time. Mainly, what would Bemidji State University's role be in the proposed facility? Until the council better understands what a partnership would entail, members were unwilling to approve a second study. "We need to take this one step at a time," said Councilor Barb Meuers. City Manager John Chattin said the design team currently is planning the facility to meet t
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest boating days of the year. Thus, the U.S. Coast Guard is reminding people to take extra caution over the holiday - and, especially, reminding boaters and passengers to wear their life jackets. "Life jackets are the No. 1 way that American's 77 million-plus boaters can protect themselves," according to a pres release from the Coast Guard. Minnesota ranks No. 7 in U.S. states, tied with Missouri, in the number of boating fatalities, the release said. According to the Coast Guard, Minnesota and Missouri each had 24 boating fatalities in 2005.
The Bemidji City Council is expected to discuss Monday night whether to retain Conventions, Sports and Leisure International to conduct another study on the proposed events center. In November 2006, Wayzata-based CSL released a feasibility study on the events center, but the study then was based on a multipurpose facility that had the capacity to hold sporting events, entertainment events, conventions, conferences, exhibitions and recreation events.