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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.
Three land use requests have been made to the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission in association with plans for the Bemidji regional events center. A condition use permit, a height variance and a rezone request will all be considered during the Joint Planning Commission's meeting Thursday night. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Bemidji City Hall. Also on the agenda are: -- A condition use permit for a storage garage at 1919 Fifth St. S.E.
The "Night We Light" festivities may lose some of its sparkle this year. Fundraising for the event has not yet met expenses - which means the fireworks may be canceled. "It's such an important event to the community," said Lori Paris, executive director of the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce. "I think people really look forward to this every year." As of Tuesday afternoon, the shortfall was at about $7,500; fireworks cost $2,500. The First City of Lights Parade starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in downtown and is followed by the Lighting of the Pines at the waterfront.
Four people were involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident early this morning in Bemidji. Three occupants were ejected from the vehicle and taken to North Country Regional Hospital. The crash was reported at 12:32 a.m. today on Lake Avenue Northeast near Mill Street Northeast. Emergency responders attended to the accident scene and found that the engine compartment of the truck also was on fire.
A 26-year-old Red Lake man was indicted Tuesday in federal court in connection with the Sept. 18 death of another Red Lake man. Donald Joseph Sumner Jr. was charged Nov. 18 with one count of involuntary manslaughter, according to a press release. Sumner's indictment alleges that on Sept. 18 he did knowingly and unlawfully kill Daniel DeFoe without malice, the press release said.
The Bemidji City Council has again chosen to continue a public hearing on outdoor wood-burning stoves and furnaces. Councilors agreed with City Attorney Al Felix, who suggested Monday night that the hearing again be continued to allow for more public input. The public hearing is now scheduled for Dec.
The Bemidji City Council and the Bemidji Economic Development Authority both approved a lease agreement between the two entities. The lease, which has no money involved, allows the city to use land on the south shore development - which the BEDA owns - for the events center and associated parking. "In order for the city to leverage the $20 million from the state (bonding dollars), the city needs to control the land," explained City Manager John Chattin. City Attorney Al Felix noted that the lease is a 50-year lease, due to the state's requirement that it be 125 percent of the facility's lif
A proposed lease agreement for the events center is on the agenda for both the Bemidji City Council and Bemidji Economic Development Authority meetings Monday night. The council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall; the BEDA will convene after the regular council meeting. The lease does not have any money involved. State bonding dollars require that the land for the events center be controlled by the city of Bemidji.
The Bemidji City Council is set to continue the public hearing on the proposed wood-burning stove ordinance. The hearing will be held during the council's regular meeting at 7 p.m.
Scientifically speaking, Erik Ludwinski should not be alive today. Three times he has fought the same cancer. He twice has beaten it and is winning a third battle today. "Even the doctors say it's a miracle," said Erik, 23, a Bemidji State University junior majoring in computer information systems. Erik has Stage IV neuroblastoma, a cancer of the bone marrow.