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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.
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 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.
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.
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 victim of Friday morning's sports-utility vehicle rollover has been identified as 3-year-old Valencia VanPelt of Mahnomen. She was the daughter of Robert Van Pelt Jr. and Lynette Stone of Mahnomen. Valencia VanPelt 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 VanPelt, 27, of Mahnomen, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider a lower speed limit for Tyler Avenue. The speed limit would be reduced to 45 mph.
Area firefighters were able to practice their skills during a burn of a vacant house Saturday about 10 miles north of Bemidji. The homeowner contracted with the Bemidji Fire Department to have firefighters burn the house down for training purposes rather than pay the costs for demolition. It was the first such burn in Bemidji in at least six years. "It gives us real-life scenarios in a controlled environment," said Justin Sherwood, a career firefighter with the Bemidji Fire Department. More than 50 firefighters took part in the burn: about 20 from the Bemidji Fire Department, 25 from the B
The events center lease agreement between Bemidji State University and the city of Bemidji has been sent to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Bboard of Trustees for consideration. MnSCU will consider the lease during its Nov. 18-19 meeting in St.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office reports that authorities have found the body of Wilfred Kolden, 64, of Remer The body was found by ground searchers just after 9 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release from Cass County. His pickup was recovered Wednesday about 6 miles east of Remer in Chippewa National Forest; it appears that he was out bow-hunting for deer, the press release said. Kolden was reported missing last week after he had not been seen since Oct. 16. An autopsy is scheduled, but there was no sign of foul play.