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Events center costs are coming in higher than expected. The construction estimates from Cost, Planning & Management International, Inc., were received by the city of Bemidji this week, and they showed a more expensive events center complex than budgeted. In a 73-page report, CPMI detailed construction estimates for the events center based on materials needed. The report estimates the project at more than $63 million. "Not the good news that we were looking for, but it is too soon to assess the full impact of the study," Chattin wrote in his weekly newsletter to city officials. The cost of
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office has located Lisbeth Rogers. The 27-year-old Bemidji woman was reported as missing June 30 to the Sheriff's Office. According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, Rogers was located with the assistance of Red Lake Tribal Police officers and spoke with a Beltrami County investigator. She said she has been safe and staying with friends, the release said. - Bethany Wesley
Bemidji skate park supporters are working toward securing a $1,000 Go Overboard Challenge grant from Burton Snowboards. The grant is administered through Youth Venture, a nonprofit that supports youth-led organizations that strive to create benefits for their schools and communities. On Tuesday, the Bemidji Skate and Bike Association and other skate park supporters gathered to make a virtual presentation by telephone to a Youth Venture selection panel, which included Hannah Teter, an Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding. Members of the Skate and Bike Association explained to the Youth Vent
An inmate at the Beltrami County Jail attempted to commit suicide Sunday evening, but was saved thanks to an alert fellow inmate and a quick response from jail staff. According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, the 26-year-old woman attempted to hang herself by a sheet in her cell just before 8 p.m. Sunday, but a nearby inmate alerted jail staff after hearing strange noises in the woman's cell. Jail workers found the woman and were able to intervene and get her medical help, Hodapp said.
An inmate of the Beltrami County Jail attempted to commit suicide Sunday evening, but was saved thanks to an alert fellow inmate and a quick response from jail staff. According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, the 26-year-old woman attempted to hang herself by a sheet in her cell just before 8 p.m. Sunday, but a nearby inmate alerted jail staff after hearing strange noises in the woman's cell. Jail workers found the woman and were able to intervene and get her medical help, Hodapp said.
The Bemidji area boasts numerous trails for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. But outdoor enthusiasts are especially applauding a move by the state Legislature to finally complete the area's most popular trail, the Paul Bunyan Trail. The Paul Bunyan Trail runs from Bemidji to Brainerd. Or it is supposed to.
A friend in 1966 introduced Dick Lueben to what would become one of his favorite wintertime hobbies. "He brought over one of those new fangled things called a snowmobile," Lueben said.
Harry Takhar was driving through Bemidji in 2002 thinking about the project he wanted to build but couldn't because of an inability to find an appropriate site. He had been considering areas such as Grand Forks, Fargo, southern Minnesota and Iowa, but hadn't thought about Bemidji - until he saw a "for sale" sign off of U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 71. "I'd been trying to find a large area where something like this could happen, and one day I was driving by and saw the for sale sign that had probably been there for three and a half or four years," Takhar said.
The bulk of national retail stores have chosen to open along the west side of town. According to former Bemidji city planner Curt Oakes, the segregation of national stores from the traditional downtown was less a planned zoning initiative than just the natural evolution of development. "It was about the only option for (national chains) because that's where the open space was," he said.
A suspect was arrested by a Beltrami County investigator Thursday morning after a pursuit through residents' lawns. The incident began at about 6:45 a.m. after the investigator observed a vehicle traveling north on Irvine Avenue on the southbound shoulder, according to Sheriff Phil Hodapp. The investigator attempted to stop the vehicle, but the male suspect immediately fled, prompting a pursuit along Town Hall Road Northwest into area neighborhoods and through residents' yards, Hodapp said. The pursuit ultimately ended about 7 a.m.