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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.
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.
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.
Two 19-year-old Bemidji women have reported that they were kidnapped Sunday. According to the Bemidji Police Department, the women said that at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday they got into their car on the 700 block of 15th Street Northwest when a man who was hiding in the back seat of the vehicle threatened them with a knife. Once they crossed onto the Red Lake Reservation, the man got out of the car and walked away, the press release said.
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., stopped in Bemidji Monday afternoon to rally his supporters with less than a month to go before Election Day. "This is what it's about," said Coleman, speaking to a standing room-only crowd at The Cabin Coffee House and Café. "It's about what I can do for you." Coleman's appearance in Bemidji was one of six in northern Minnesota Monday -- he also stopped in Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Roseau, Crookston and Moorhead. Billed as an opportunity to discuss the economy and health care, Coleman mostly stuck to the economy.
With the current economy and "energy crunch," one resident questioned the City Council's consideration of an ordinance for wood-burning stoves. "I'm just wondering if that was a smart move," said Dave Lalone, who lives on 14th Street. The Bemidji City Council on Monday held the first reading of an ordinance that would govern wood-burning stoves. City Attorney Al Felix said staff expects that the ordinance will be modified before adoption, if it is approved. "A lot of folks are looking at alternative heat sources," Felix said. A public hearing on the ordinance, held in conjunction with the
Two boys were injured when the sport utility vehicle they were in rolled Saturday night on Beltrami County Road 15 at about 10:25 p.m. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office report, the 1995 Toyota 4Runner was traveling north on County Road 15 at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, struck the ditch approach and launched into the air. The vehicle rolled three times and landed on its wheels about 120 feet from the ditch approach.
A Motley man died Saturday after two all-terrain vehicles crashed in Cass County. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Charles H. Brown, 59, of Motley, died after the ATVs crashed southwest of Pine River. He was the driver of one of the vehicles. Steven J. Tholl, 56, of Motley, the other operator, also was injured in the crash, the Sheriff's Office said. The crash, which was reported at 6 p.m. Saturday on Cass County Road 28, remains under investigation.
A 44-year-old Deer River man died early Saturday morning when his motorcycle ran off the road in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol in Brainerd, Dennis Johnson was declared dead at the scene after the Harley-Davidson he was driving went off the road and hit a road approach on Highway 6, 8 miles north of Remer. Johnson was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was detected in his system, the State Patrol said. The crash was reported at 12:04 a.m. Saturday.