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A man has been charged in connection to Friday's shooting incident that led to the death of 27-year-old Dominic Needham of Red Lake. Curtis James Thompson, 32, of Leonard, was charged on Monday with a felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thompson remains in Beltrami County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000. His next court date is Jan. 28. If convicted of the charge, Thompson faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Needham died on Friday after law enforcement responded to an early-morning call about a shooting in Grant Valley Township.
A public hearing on the plans for Nymore street improvements will be held during Monday's City Council meeting. The council in December approved a feasibility report for paving of eight sections of gravel roads in Nymore: Wilson Avenue (between Third and Fourth streets), Kay Avenue (Second to Third streets), Gould Avenue (Second to Fifth streets), Richards Avenue (First to Fifth streets), Stoner Avenue (Fourth to Fifth streets), Fifth Street (Gould to Lake avenues), Miles Avenue (Fourth Street to Roosevelt Avenue) and McKinley Avenue (Third to Fourth streets).
Mayor Richard Lehmann truly believes there will be an events center in Bemidji five years from now. "The city is poised for it," he said. But, whether Bemidji State University hockey will be a partner is not yet known. "My hope is that we can still work with BSU," Lehmann said.
Whether BSU was given another 10 days or 30 days, it wouldn't have mattered, City Manager John Chattin said on Friday. A day after Thursday night's council meeting during which the Bemidji City Council voted 6-1 to deny Bemidji State University President Jon Quistgaard's request for an extension on a potential events center commitment, Chattin said any commitment from BSU would have been non-binding anyway. The council, too, struggled on Thursday to accept new wording in a proposed memorandum of understanding that was intended to commit the university to the events center project. The most
Ron Johnson maintained that the Bemidji City Council voted to save BSU hockey, not kill it. "What we did was keep it alive," he said. Johnson, one of six City Council members who voted in favor of a $50 million events center, said the vote kept the possibility of a new Bemidji State University hockey arena afloat. A smaller arena might not be able to hold athletic offices, a second sheet of ice or a weight room, but the design team may still be able to incorporate suites and allow for seating of up to 4,000 spectators, Johnson said. For BSU, the suites are a necessity, BSU President Jon Qu
Jon Quistgaard stood before the Bemidji City Council and pleaded for two more weeks. Saying that he was unable to commit Bemidji State University to the events center project until at least Jan. 15, BSU's president begged the council for more time. The council denied his request.
Neither the city nor Bemidji State University has, to date, defined its level of commitment to the events center project. But, the breadth of their dedication will finally be revealed during a 5:30 p.m.
An offer from the National Guard Armory has resulted in a temporary home for local skateboarders. Sgt. Seth Martell has made indoor space available at the Armory for use as an indoor skate park for local enthusiasts.
Nate Dorr is on a mission. Again. In the mid-1990s, the Bemidji resident was loosely involved with a local effort supporting a Bemidji skate park. Ten years later, he's advocating for the same skate park. Dorr, 31, is now working with the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission as a volunteer consultant to encourage the construction of a free, public skate park that would be constructed in Bemidji. "The only agenda I have is to get a skate park built in Bemidji," Dorr said. The campaign in the '90s resulted in Smart Skate, a privately run indoor skate park that is now closed.
The Bemidji Fire Department has given La Ceiba, Honduras, some much-needed Christmas presents. Fire Chief Dick Sathers last week drove to Maple Grove, Minn., to deliver about 12 full sets of clothing, helmets and boots that will be delivered to La Ceiba to be used by local firefighters. The donated Bemidji gear no longer meets the standards of the National Fire Protection Agency.