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Without the Friends of the Bemidji Library, there would be significantly less programming and fewer materials available for borrowing at the Bemidji library. "They are truly a remarkable, dedicated group of people," said Bemidji librarian Paul Ericsson. The Friends of the Bemidji Library is celebrating its 25th anniversary tonight with a celebration featuring author William Kent Krueger. "It's a nice way to acknowledge all of the people over the past years who have been part of the Friends of the Library," said Sharon Geisen, president of the Friends for the last two years. The organizatio
The six candidates running for three seats on the Bemidji City Council took part in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters Tuesday night. The candidates were posed two questions during the forum. The first, predictably, was about their stance on the events center. Two of the three races feature candidates on both sides of the issue. In Ward 1, Rachelle Houle is opposed and Kevin Waldhausen is in favor. Houle said she is strongly against the current plan.
The two candidates running for Bemidji mayor said they regretted that the election is focused solely on the events center. Mayor Richard Lehmann, who supports the events center, said voters could choose to vote for mayor based solely on their events center position. "Or, you can choose the person who can really lead us in the next two years and beyond," he said. Nancy Erickson, currently the Ward 5 councilor, agreed that it was unfortunate that it had become a single-issue race. "I'm uncomfortable that people are focusing on the events center issue and only on the events center issue," she
The deadline for those interested in partnering with the city of Bemidji for a hotel on the south shore was Tuesday. As of 4:30 p.m., the city had not received any proposals, according to City Manager John Chattin. Chattin said the city has contacted its consultant at Conventions, Sports & Leisure for insight on what its next steps should be. Chattin said staff, which suspected that interest may be negatively impacted due to the current economy, will assess its options.
The Bemidji City Council hired Kraus-Anderson for construction management of the events center after rejecting a motion to table the contract until mid-November. The motion on Monday to approve was 4-2 with Councilors Nancy Erickson and Roger Hellquist against. The motion to table failed 2-4 as Erickson and Hellquist voted in favor. Council Barb Meuers was absent. Hellquist, who made the motion to table the matter until after the Nov.
The proposed ordinance regulating outdoor wood-burning stoves has been tabled until Nov.
A public hearing is scheduled Monday night on the proposed ordinance governing wood-burning stoves. The council held the first reading Oct. 6.
The Bemidji City Council will be asked to approve the hiring of two businesses for events center work. Staff has recommended that Kraus-Anderson be hired for construction management services - and that local law firm Drahos, Kieson & Christopher be retained to provide legal services for the project. Kraus-Anderson was selected as the top choice for construction management of five that were interviewed. Twelve businesses submitted proposals to be the events center construction manager or owner's representative.
Richard Wayne Hanks, 28, of Ogema, was sentenced Monday for criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, a serious felony. He pleaded guilty to the charge July 29. Hanks was given a stay of imposition for 10 years and placed on supervised probation for 10 years. He must serve 54 days in jail as a condition of the stayed sentence.
Those who live outside of the city limits now have a way to show their support for the events center. Volunteers have undertaken a project to raise funds to help offset any deficits caused by the operations and maintenance needs of the facility. The project invites interested individuals, whether city residents or not, to pledge $100 a year for the next five years.