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Mayor Richard Lehmann was on one side, BSU President Jon Quistgaard on the other. In the middle was a memorandum of understanding - and they both were signing it. It was a scene that, as recently as last week, seemed unlikely to happen. "This was in the best interest of the city and in the best interest of the university," Quistgaard said after Thursday night's work session. The City Council and Bemidji State University president agreed to a revised memorandum that commits BSU hockey to being the anchor tenant of the events center.
Supporters of a Bemidji skate park received a lot of vocal support on Tuesday, even if it wasn't financial - yet. The Bemidji Parks and Trails Commission heard an update from local skate park supporters Nate Dorr and Kathy DeKrey. Dorr is working with DeKrey, a Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission member, as a volunteer consultant on a goal of having a skate park constructed in Bemidji that would offer skateboarders a place to practice their skills. The Parks and Trails Commission agreed that a skate park would certainly be beneficial for the city, but stopped short of financially committing t
The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted to donate $1,500 to the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. The vote was 6-1 as Councilor Nancy Erickson opposed the donation.
City Manager John Chattin has received a "pretty good review" of his job performance after his first year with the city, according to Mayor Richard Lehmann. Lehmann said he sent job performance review evaluations to the City Council and staff members. Lehmann said there were a few minor things that he and Chattin has discussed. Overall, the review was "pretty favorable," Lehmann said. Chattin began working for Bemidji on Nov. 6.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Freedom Walk Joe Aitken told the City Council that the date of the annual freedom Walk in downtown Bemidji has been changed to Feb. 4 this year to encourage more participation. ACTION: No action was required.
Bemidji State University is continuing to explore its options. Representatives from BSU hockey, the athletic department, BSU Foundation and university administration met for nine hours Monday as the group began to consider its options for the future, said Andrew Bartlett, the associate director of communications and marketing at BSU, on Tuesday. Monday's meeting was just the beginning as the group continue meeting on Tuesday, Bartlett said. Officials are considering all their options and are paying particular attention to the financial viability of their options, Bartlett said. The Bemidji
Bemidji State University is continuing to explore its options. Representatives from BSU hockey, the athletic department, BSU Foundation and university administration met for nine hours Monday as the group began to consider its options for the future, said Andrew Bartlett, the associate director of communications and marketing at BSU, on Tuesday. Monday's meeting was just the beginning as the group continue meeting on Tuesday, Bartlett said. For the full story, see Wednesday's Pioneer.
The Bemidji Economic Development Authority authorized the sale of $14.5 million in bonds at a 4.3244 percent true interest rate during its Monday meeting. Myron Knutson of Public Financial Management told the EDA that the low bidder, of seven, was Northland Securities and Wells Fargo Brokerage Services L.L.C., which were bidding together as one group. "I'm pleased to see where the bids came in instead of where they could have been," said Mayor Richard Lehmann. Knutson earlier told the City Council that it could be looking at an interest rate around 5 percent. The EDA is selling the bonds t
A man has been charged in connection to Friday's shooting incident that led to the death of 27-year-old Dominic Needham of Red Lake. Curtis James Thompson, 32, of Leonard, was charged on Monday with a felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thompson remains in Beltrami County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000. His next court date is Jan. 28. If convicted of the charge, Thompson faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Needham died on Friday after law enforcement responded to an early-morning call about a shooting in Grant Valley Township.