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Connectivity is the key to an integrated Bemidji downtown, according to planners. Marty Shukert and Cory Scott of RDG Planning and Design presented their draft plans for downtown during a public meeting Monday night at City Hall. Shukert, who led an hourlong presentation and a question-and-answer period, said the city has lots of potential. The downtown study area includes the traditional downtown; the south shore of Lake Bemidji; the isthmus, or the link between the two along Paul Bunyan Drive; the railroad corridor and the former Minnesota Department of Transportation site. Calling the s
Two men were injured in two separate single-vehicle accidents Thursday evening. Eugene Richardson, 73, of Cass Lake, suffered serious injuries when his 2006 Hyundai Accent ran off the road on state Highway 371 south of Cass Lake and struck a tree, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol out of Brainerd. The accident was reported at 6:50 p.m. Richardson suffered internal bleeding from the stomach area, but the injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening, according to the State Patrol. He was taken to St.
The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of all three requests Thursday night associated with the south shore development. The JPC voted to recommend approval of a zoning change, approval of a conditional use permit and approval of a height variance. JPC members voted 9-2 to recommend the zoning change. Commissioners Janie Moberg and Jan Heuer were opposed to the recommendation; Commissioner Steve Newby was absent.
There will be a Bemidji skate park. Supporters this week received a $100,000 grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation. "We are really excited," said Nate Dorr, a volunteer who is helping with the effort. "That was really generous of them, and it was a huge chunk of money for us." While fundraising is far from over, the grant gives supporters enough funds to construct a park. "We're going to get a park built," Dorr said.
Two men were injured in two separate single-vehicle accidents Thursday evening. Eugene Richardson, 73, of Cass Lake, suffered serious injuries when his 2006 Hyundai Accent ran off the road on Highway 371 south of Cass Lake and struck a tree, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol out of Brainerd. The accident was reported at 6:50 p.m. Richardson suffered internal bleeding from the stomach area, but the injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening, according to the State Patrol. He was taken to St.
Spending money locally not only benefits local businesses, but it helps area residents and nonprofit groups. That was one part of a message given by Minnesota 2020 during a Thursday press conference at Kelsey's Jewelry in downtown Bemidji. Minnesota 2020, a think tank based in St. Paul, is traveling around the state this week as it releases its second annual Made in Minnesota report. "With Minnesota in a recession and the economy getting worse, Minnesotans have a decision to make," said Minnesota 2020 founder and board chair Matt Entenza.
The public process for the land-use issues for the south shore development has begun. The Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board is the public body that controls the land-use plans for the city of Bemidji and Bemidji and Northern townships. Its Joint Planning Commission on Thursday during a six-hour meeting that ended after midnight held three public hearings in connection with the south shore development.
Curtis James Thompson, 32, of Leonard, was sentenced Nov. 17 in Beltrami County District Court to 134 months in prison for first-degree manslaughter, a serious felony. He had pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to both the manslaughter charge and a felony charge of being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm. For the firearm charge, he was sentenced to 60 months in prison, to be served concurrently with the manslaughter sentenced. For both, he received credit for 319 days served. He must pay $138 in fines and restitution was reserved. The charges stem from a Jan.
Events seem to be falling into place for Bemidji State University hockey. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees on Wednesday gave approval to BSU to continue negotiations on a lease for the use of the Bemidji regional events center, which is planned to be the home for BSU hockey. Additionally, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's executive committee has decided to consider lifting its moratorium on expansion in January. The events center has been planned to accommodate BSU hockey while meeting the standards for WCHA admittance.
The United Way fall campaign surpassed last year's amount of money raised. In all, the United Way raised $410,105.16 in community pledges this year. Last year, the drive raised $406,769. "In a year of economic uncertainty, the Bemidji community stepped up, giving what they could to help those less fortunate," said Ashli Bowen, executive director of the United Way of Bemidji Area. Funds raised through the campaign help support 31 local nonprofit agencies in the Bemidji area. About 140 people attended Tuesday's night victory dinner at the Hampton Inn & Suites.