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The city of Bemidji has proposed a levy increase of 9.9 percent for 2008. During a Truth in Taxation hearing at Bemidji City Hall Monday, Finance Director Ron Eischens explained the levy increase and answered questions from the City Council. One resident attended the hearing, but did not ask questions or address the council. The City Council will adopt the final budget during its Dec. 17 meeting.
Bemidji City Hall has a new addition, thanks to Kathy Kippley. Kippley has donated a long, red-and-black banner to City Hall. The banner is about eight feet long and has "Bemidji" sewn lengthwise on it. Atop the banner is an emblem featuring the waterfront's Paul and Babe. The banner was hung in the Council Chambers on Nov. 19. "We feel so honored to have found a home for the Bemidji banner in the City Council Chambers," Kippley said in a write-up about the project.
Cautiously optimistic. That seemed to be the most common reaction among residents who viewed the proposed site plans for the south shore of Lake Bemidji. The design team unveiled the site plans during a City Council work session on Tuesday, and a public open house was held Wednesday to showcase the plans to residents. "I think it's very impressive," said Janice Dagen of Bemidji, who said she has been in favor of the events center - but not always the location, and likes the south shore site much more. The council's decision to move the events center to the south shore was a good idea to Ch
The site plan for the south shore of Lake Bemidji certainly has Bemidji's "city as a park" theme in mind. Of the 130 acres planned to be purchased in the area, parkland is now proposed to cover about one-third of the land. The design team hired to develop plans for the proposed events center unveiled site plans on Tuesday during a City Council work session at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Manus Ginis, the principal director of design with Leo A.
The Bemidji Police Department has announced that Capt. Daryle Russell will retire on Friday. According to a press release, Russell first joined the department in October 1980, and has been a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and captain, a position he has held since 2001. Filling the captain position will be Sgt. Robert Lehmann, who has been with the Bemidji Police Department since Sept. 1, 1982. Lehmann was promoted to sergeant on Dec.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.