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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.
The six people vying for seats on the Bemidji City Council appealed to voters during a debate Tuesday in which the events center continued to be the hot topic of the evening. Sponsored by the Citizens for an Informed Electorate, the debate offered a unique opportunity in that the candidates each were allowed to ask their opponents one question. In Ward 1, Rachelle Houle asked Kevin Waldhausen how he would fund the events center if projected revenue sources did not materialize. Waldhausen said it already is known that the city will receive $20 million in bonding dollars and $42 million throu
Everything leads back to the events center. Even when asked about non-events center questions during a debate Tuesday night, Bemidji mayoral candidates Nancy Erickson and Richard Lehmann always seemed to get back to the biggest topic on hand. The moderator for the debate, Bemidji Pioneer Opinion Page/Political Editor Brad Swenson, even split the questions from spectators into two piles, but the events center was on everyone's minds. Lehmann, who has been mayor for the past eight years, highlighted what he believed were the benefits of the events center and south shore redevelopment, saying
A & E Produce had 17 pistols and one shotgun stolen in a burglary that occurred Saturday, according to a press release from Clearwater County. The burglary was reported at 10:23 p.m. when owner Arnie Erickson returned to the business after a brief absence, the press release said. Anyone with information regarding the burglary is encouraged to contact the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office at 218-694-6226.
The vision for the south shore continues to become more tangible. Paul Richards with Widseth Smith Nolting on Monday presented the planned unit development to the Bemidji City Council for feedback. The PUD will continue to be refined and revised before being submitted to the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board for consideration in November, he said. Richards said staff compared the current plan to a preliminary planning effort that was done in 2001-2002 on the south shore. "It's really amazing how close it is," he said. The PUD includes the planned events center, parkland and reside
Ronald David Mann, 51, of Cass Lake, was sentenced Thursday in Cass Lake District Court for felony second-degree murder of his father, Ivan Mann. Ronald Mann was sentenced to 15 ½ years in prison. Ivan Mann, 74 at the time of his death, was found dead near his home Aug. 22, 2007. An autopsy report listed his cause of death as manual strangulation accompanied by blunt force trauma to the head. Neighbors expressed concern about Ivan Mann's welfare when they had not seen him for a while and asked law enforcement officers to check on him. A search warrant was executed.
Bill Hensley is getting one more one last chance. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board Wednesday night unanimously voted to have staff conduct one more surprise inspection of Hensley Auto Supply before Nov. 15 - and if the business is not completely meeting the terms of its conditional use permit, the CUP will be revoked and the business will have to close. "It's not 96 percent compliance; it's not 97 percent compliance; it's 100 percent compliance," said JPB member Richard Lehmann.
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.