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There soon will be fewer flashing red lights in Bemidji during the night - and it will nothing to do with the number of squad cars within the city limits. New sign rules will soon go into effect governing dynamic signs, or those that have the ability to flash or change text. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board adopted a new sign ordinance on a 6-1 vote Wednesday night; Jim Thompson was opposed. The new rules require that nighttime sign displays must not include animation while a message is being displayed. Each message must be displayed for a minimum of three seconds.
The vision for a redeveloped Bemidji is taking shape. Marty Shukert and Cory Scott of RDG Planning and Design presented their latest concepts to the Bemidji Downtown Development Authority Tuesday morning at City Hall. RDG was hired by the city earlier this year to conduct a visioning process for the classic downtown, the railroad corridor, the south shore of Lake Bemidji and the former Minnesota Department of Transportation property.
A Motley man died Saturday after two all-terrain vehicles crashed in Cass County. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Charles H. Brown, 59, of Motley, died after the ATVs crashed southwest of Pine River. He was the driver of one of the vehicles. Steven J. Tholl, 56, of Motley, the other operator, also was injured in the crash, the Sheriff's Office said. The crash, which was reported at 6 p.m. Saturday on Cass County Road 28, remains under investigation.
Two boys were injured when the sport utility vehicle they were in rolled Saturday night on Beltrami County Road 15 at about 10:25 p.m. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office report, the 1995 Toyota 4Runner was traveling north on County Road 15 at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, struck the ditch approach and launched into the air. The vehicle rolled three times and landed on its wheels about 120 feet from the ditch approach.
With the current economy and "energy crunch," one resident questioned the City Council's consideration of an ordinance for wood-burning stoves. "I'm just wondering if that was a smart move," said Dave Lalone, who lives on 14th Street. The Bemidji City Council on Monday held the first reading of an ordinance that would govern wood-burning stoves. City Attorney Al Felix said staff expects that the ordinance will be modified before adoption, if it is approved. "A lot of folks are looking at alternative heat sources," Felix said. A public hearing on the ordinance, held in conjunction with the
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., stopped in Bemidji Monday afternoon to rally his supporters with less than a month to go before Election Day. "This is what it's about," said Coleman, speaking to a standing room-only crowd at The Cabin Coffee House and Café. "It's about what I can do for you." Coleman's appearance in Bemidji was one of six in northern Minnesota Monday -- he also stopped in Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Roseau, Crookston and Moorhead. Billed as an opportunity to discuss the economy and health care, Coleman mostly stuck to the economy.
Two 19-year-old Bemidji women have reported that they were kidnapped Sunday. According to the Bemidji Police Department, the women said that at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday they got into their car on the 700 block of 15th Street Northwest when a man who was hiding in the back seat of the vehicle threatened them with a knife. Once they crossed onto the Red Lake Reservation, the man got out of the car and walked away, the press release said.
Children were sliding down the slide, swinging across the monkey bars and climbing a fake rock wall Saturday afternoon at Lake Bemidji State Park. It was a sight never before seen at the state park. The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park and park staff dedicated the new playground equipment on Saturday, officially opening it for public use. "We have finally accomplished what has been a vision for a very long time," said Earl Ockenga, past president of the Friends group. Anne Louise Sliney, a co-chairwoman of the Friends' playground committee, said this was the fifth playground she has help
The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance that would regulate the use of outdoor stoves and furnaces. If approved, the ordinance would require that outdoor wood-burning stoves and furnaces would first need a permit from the fire chief before being installed. They would be permitted for use from Oct. 1 to May 1, if the ordinance is approved. Additionally, the proposed ordinance states: -- Dense smoke and noxious fumes beyond reasonable quantities are considered a public nuisance. -- The wood burned may not be treated, processed, stained, finished or painted.
A 44-year-old Deer River man died early Saturday morning when his motorcycle ran off the road in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol in Brainerd, Dennis Johnson was declared dead at the scene after the Harley-Davidson he was driving went off the road and hit a road approach on Highway 6, 8 miles north of Remer. Johnson was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was detected in his system, the State Patrol said. The crash was reported at 12:04 a.m. Saturday.