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Is a church simply a building where worshippers gather on Sunday mornings or can it be more? For People's Church, it means a home for the community. A place to not only worship, but to eat, to talk to friends. And also, a place to go when you have no where else to turn. "We're not a homeless shelter, we're a church," said the Rev. Bob Kelly, the pastor at People's Church. People's Church doesn't deny that it offers shelter for the transient and homeless, Kelly said. The church opened as a homeless shelter on Halloween Day, Oct.
A bomb threat at Bemidji State University indicated that something might take place at the university this week, according to local law enforcement. Graffiti found in late October or early November on Lake Avenue indicated a BSU threat and pointed to Thursday as the key date, said Bemidji Police Chief Gerald Johnson. The Bemidji Police Department determined that the threat was not credible, Johnson said. BSU did not have to consider suspending classes because classes are not currently in session; the university does not reconvene from semester break until Jan.
Mayor Richard Lehmann was on one side, BSU President Jon Quistgaard on the other. In the middle was a memorandum of understanding - and they both were signing it. It was a scene that, as recently as last week, seemed unlikely to happen. "This was in the best interest of the city and in the best interest of the university," Quistgaard said after Thursday night's work session. The City Council and Bemidji State University president agreed to a revised memorandum that commits BSU hockey to being the anchor tenant of the events center.
The event center project team, which consists of representatives from city staff, Headwaters Regional Development Commission and the design team, has developed funding strategies for the events center that do not rely on taxpayer dollars. No action has specifically been taken on the plans to date; however, the City Council has reviewed and discussed them. Building costs The full project, including the second sheet, was estimated at $75.5 for construction costs.
Supporters of a Bemidji skate park received a lot of vocal support on Tuesday, even if it wasn't financial - yet. The Bemidji Parks and Trails Commission heard an update from local skate park supporters Nate Dorr and Kathy DeKrey. Dorr is working with DeKrey, a Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission member, as a volunteer consultant on a goal of having a skate park constructed in Bemidji that would offer skateboarders a place to practice their skills. The Parks and Trails Commission agreed that a skate park would certainly be beneficial for the city, but stopped short of financially committing t
City Manager John Chattin has received a "pretty good review" of his job performance after his first year with the city, according to Mayor Richard Lehmann. Lehmann said he sent job performance review evaluations to the City Council and staff members. Lehmann said there were a few minor things that he and Chattin has discussed. Overall, the review was "pretty favorable," Lehmann said. Chattin began working for Bemidji on Nov. 6.
Bemidji State University is continuing to explore its options. Representatives from BSU hockey, the athletic department, BSU Foundation and university administration met for nine hours Monday as the group began to consider its options for the future, said Andrew Bartlett, the associate director of communications and marketing at BSU, on Tuesday. Monday's meeting was just the beginning as the group continue meeting on Tuesday, Bartlett said. Officials are considering all their options and are paying particular attention to the financial viability of their options, Bartlett said. The Bemidji
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Freedom Walk Joe Aitken told the City Council that the date of the annual freedom Walk in downtown Bemidji has been changed to Feb. 4 this year to encourage more participation. ACTION: No action was required.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted to donate $1,500 to the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. The vote was 6-1 as Councilor Nancy Erickson opposed the donation.