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Paul Bunyan is going for a walk. The Bemidji City Council unanimously approved an unusual art project during Monday's meeting in which Paul Bunyan's footprints will depict a tour of a pair of art sites downtown. Paula Swenson of Bemidji submitted the request in which giant footprints will be stenciled on the roadway leading from the Paul and Babe statues at the waterfront to the former site of the Great River Gallery to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and then back to the waterfront. Giant nose and handprints will be placed on the windows of the buildings where Paul "stops" to l
The Bemidji City Council held a public hearing on Monday on the Bemidji Avenue/Highway 197 reconstruction project. One resident, John Carlson, asked for clarification on assessment charges for those who live on corner lots of Bemidji Avenue and nearby streets that underwent reconstruction already. "It appears we're paying for water and sewer twice," Carlson said. Mayor Richard Lehmann said residents on corner lots will only be charged once for each utility. City Engineer Craig Gray referenced Carlson's situation and said his property is scheduled to be assessed for water main improvements
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Bemidji Avenue project The City Council held a public hearing on the Bemidji Avenue/Highway 197 reconstruction project and considered ordering a resolution calling for the preparation of plans and authorizing the advertisement for bids. ACTION: The council voted unanimously to approve. Art project The City Council considered the proposal of an art project that would have giant chalk footprints leading from the Paul and Babe statues at the waterfront, to the former site of the Great River Gallery, to the Headwaters Scho
A makeover is planned for a local hotel. The Comfort Inn of Bemidji was recently purchased by a California businessman, Waleed Srour. Srour said Tuesday he plans to completely update and renovate the hotel, which features 61 rooms and suites. "We will make sure the property is very nice," he said. The renovations are planned to emphasize comfort for customers, he said. "Our focus will be on guest services and guest satisfaction," he said. Srour purchased the Comfort Inn from Gary Gangelhoff, who built the hotel in 1991. "(Srour) is a real sharp guy," Gangelhoff said.
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man who approached two children and offered to give them a ride. At about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a suspicious male on County Road 18, 4 miles west of Nevis. The man allegedly stopped his vehicle where two children were waiting for a Nevis School bus and asked them twice if they would get into his vehicle and offered them a ride.
In the smorgasbord of items before the Bemidji City Council, the events center may be the main course, but it's not the only dish, Mayor Richard Lehmann said Monday. "We have a lot on our plate," he said. The council chambers at Bemidji City Hall were nearly at capacity during Monday's council meeting, during which two people addressed the council. Michael Beard with J.C.
Monday may prove to be a key date for the events center project -or maybe not. The council is not scheduled to take any action on the events center during the 7 p.m.
The Bemidji City Council has a full agenda for Monday's 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is asking permission to footprints throughout the city on Nov. 1. The "Art Attack!" event is planned to bring attention to the Great River Gallery and the school. The giant, stenciled, chalk footprints would begin at the Paul Bunyan and Babe statue, go down Third Street, stop at the former great River Gallery, then continue along Minnesota Avenue to the Headwaters School for the Music and Arts.
Keith Nathan Head, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent on Oct. 8 to a charge of kidnapping (unsafe release), a serious felony. His next court date is Dec. 18. Head is accused of kidnapping a former girlfriend, holding her against her will and assaulting her. According to the criminal complaint, the Bemidji Police Department received a call on Sept. 6 about a woman who was trying to escape from a man in a vehicle in the 1900 block of Delton Avenue Northwest. Police responded and located the suspect vehicle, which turned into a driveway.
BSU hockey can't wait another year, according to hockey officials who attended Wednesday's business meeting on the proposed Bemidji events center. City Councilor Jerry Downs on Wednesday said the city is working with Bemidji State University to try to reach a lease agreement on the proposed events center. He would prefer to delay the project one year rather than continue forward without a specific proposal, Downs said. "You can't put a square peg in a round hole," he said. "We're not going to force this project." If questions are still unanswered by Dec.