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A 45-year-old Columbia Heights, Minn., man died Monday after hunting about 8 miles north of Akeley, according to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office. Aaron Yund was found lying on the ground by his deer stand, according to a Hubbard County press release. Yund's brother Timothy Yund of Andover, Minn., called 911 at 5:28 p.m. Monday after finding Aaron Yund on the ground near his deer stand. A provisional autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St.
City Park is the next Bemidji park that will be renovated and redesigned using the half-cent sales tax. Design concepts are underway; several options are expected to be presented to the Parks and Trails Commission later this month. Local disc golfers are among those seeking improvements at City Park. Softball players, skaters and bikers, and skiers have also offered input. "It's pretty exciting," said Carl Hall, a local disc golfer who practices almost daily. "It will be nice to have a face lift at the park." The budget for the park renovation is $3.25 million.
From beginner to professional in eight years. Carl Hall, 24, of Bemidji, started learning to play disc golf in the spring of 2000.
A visual of the Bemidji regional events center continues to come into focus. The 191,000-square-foot building has not changed in terms of layout, but the design team continues to specify the materials that will make up its appearance. Bill Merrill and Steve Parker with Leo A Daly were in town since Tuesday, meeting with city staff, the Design Review Committee and, Thursday night, the Bemidji City Council. Merrill said the project is still on track for a January 2011 opening and within the budget of $46.5 million for the building and $8.8 million for site improvements. Kraus-Anderson, which
John Robert Winkler, 26, of Bemidji, on Oct. 31 pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct (with a victim aged 13-15 when he was at least two years older than the victim). Two other counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (with victims aged 13-15 when he was at least two years older than the victims) will be dismissed at sentencing, which is scheduled Jan. 17. Third-degree criminal sexual conduct has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The case is being tried before Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof. Winkler on Dec.
Upon the completion of a long and contentious campaign season, some are now calling for a unified city. And, Greg Negard thinks he just might be the person to do just that. Four members of the Bemidji City Council were elected into office on Tuesday. Re-elected were Mayor Richard Lehmann and Ward 3 Councilor Ron Johnson. Negard and Kevin Waldhausen, political newcomers, were elected to their first terms in office. Lehmann, Johnson and Waldhausen all have been vocal supporters of the events center, an issue that has divided the community.
The Ours to Serve House of Hospitality actually got more than it requested. The nonprofit applied for a $1 million grant from the Minnesota House Finance Agency, which fulfilled the request in the amount of $1,070,000. The money will be used to construct a new homeless shelter that will have the capacity of serving six families, or up to 26 people, in need of shelter. "This is the greatest project I have ever worked on," said Rebecca Hoffman, the executive director of Ours to Serve.
Events center supporters are celebrating today. All three city candidates in favor of the current plan were elected Tuesday as voters chose to keep Mayor Richard Lehmann and Ward 3 Councilor Ron Johnson in office and add Kevin Waldhausen to the seven-member City Council as the Ward 1 representative. "I am really excited to continue moving the community forward and continue working with the community," Lehmann said early this morning. Also elected to the City Council was Ward 5's Greg Negard, who is opposed to the events center project. "I am very, very pleased," Negard said upon hearing th
The victim of Friday morning's sports-utility vehicle rollover has been identified as 3-year-old Valencia Van Pelt of Mahnomen. She was the daughter of Robert Van Pelt Jr. and Lynette Stone of Mahnomen. Valencia Van Pelt died Friday morning after the SUV she was riding in rolled over about one mile north of Bemidji, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The accident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Irvine Avenue near Fern Street. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Keisha Van Pelt, 27, of Mahnomen, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.
The most exciting point of Monday night's Bemidji City Council meeting was when Councilor Barb Meuers announced that Ours to Serve House of Hospitality has been awarded a $1 million grant. The shelter had applied for the state grant in order to construct a larger shelter. Plans include 5,500 square feet of space on the main floor, amounting to room for six families, or up to 26 individuals in need of shelter.