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Make it cheaper. That was the direction from the Bemidji City Council to its events center design team. "That's what you've got to do," said Mayor Richard Lehmann. The Leo A Daly design team presented revised schematics of the exterior and interior of the events center complex during a special work session Wednesday night at City Hall. The revised plans cut already 13,000 square feet from the footprint that was presented in April - but the now 227,000-square-foot complex is still over budget. The exact cost of what has been proposed is not yet known.
A 17-year-old Pine River boy and 20-year-old Longville man have been arrested for allegedly starting fires in Cass County. According to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the two were arrested around 3:30 p.m.
The city of Bemidji has received five letters expressing an interest in developing a hotel to accompany the events center project. The city has hired Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure to have Bill Krueger lead an effort in recruiting a hotel developer to the project. Krueger sent letters to 150 prospective developers to gauge their interest in the project.
A severed fiber line caused problems for telephone users Tuesday in the Bemidji area. It appears that those with landlines - actual land-based telephone lines - are able to call other landlines while cell phone users are able to contact other cell phones. However, landlines do not seem able to contact cell phones and cell phones cannot contact landlines. According to Paul Bunyan Telephone, a Qwest fiber south of Lake George was cut and it was being fixed. The cut fiber was impacting service to some cell phones and landlines.
The Bemidji Regional Airport Commission agreed last week to cover a funding gap for providing a law enforcement officer at the airport for each commercial flight. While the city of Bemidji receives some grant funding from the Transportation Security Administration to cover a portion of those costs, the city of Bemidji has been eating the leftover cost of $15 per flight, according to City Manager John Chattin and Police Chief Gerald Johnson. They asked the airport commission on Wednesday to pay the difference for the remainder of this year while exploring other options for the future. "I don
The city's new public works building will strengthen relationships between city employees, two department heads said Tuesday. "Our efficiencies are going to improve because everybody is under one roof," said Public Works Director Andy Mack.
After receiving nearly 400 survey responses and hosting eight focus groups in two days, Martin Shukert and Cory Scott have learned quite a bit about downtown Bemidji - mainly, that the community would like to see improved connections. Shukert and Scott, representing RDG Planning & Design, were in town Monday and Tuesday to lead several community meetings on the challenges facing downtown Bemidji. Shukert and Scott are working on a market study that will examine the traditional downtown and south shore redevelopment area. The focus group discussions were the second step in the process.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect who was interrupted Monday while he was burglarizing a home, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. The homeowner interrupted the suspect when he returned to his home before noon Monday in East Gull Lake, according to the press release.
After a nearly three-year absence, a restaurant is poised to again open at the former site of Union Station Restaurant. Villella's Bada Bing sports bar and restaurant is planned to open in early June. It also will be a nightclub and will host live music on the patio throughout the summer. "I love it here," said owner Chris Villella, who is opening Villella's Bada Bing along with co-owner Tracey Gardner. Villella's Bada Bing will actually be the second location for the sports bar and restaurant.
If SAC/WAC fees had been in place last year, there would be one fewer homeowner in Bemidji, Jerry Hamilton told the City Council Monday. Hamilton, the president of the Northwoods Habitat for Humanity, said that $2,675 in sewer and connection fees would have been enough to place home ownership out of reach for one family. "It's a very real concern for us," he said. The council on Monday approved the waiving of $1,239 in building, plan review and mechanical permit fees for the construction of a Habitat home at 1112 Roosevelt Road S.E., but did not support Habitat's request for the waiving of