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Mayor Richard Lehmann presented the second annual State of the City address Wednesday afternoon at City Hall as he highlighted the city's accomplishments in 2007 and outlined expectations for 2008. "The city of Bemidji has secured its place as a regional center," said Lehmann as he opened his address. The city has made its mark on both the state and the nation, drawing such "dignitaries" as U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar, he said.
Without the governor's support, the road to legislative bonding for the proposed events center is going to be more difficult, an area legislator said Tuesday. The proposed Bemidji events center was not included in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's capital projects bonding proposal, which was released Monday. "I'm sure it's very difficult for the people who have been working very long and hard on this project and have seen it through its ups and downs," said Sen.
The Bemidji Heritage Preservation Commission is looking to have more of an impact on the city it serves. The HPC has asked the City Council to allow it to take steps toward becoming a Certified Local Government, which would strengthen the HPC's role in identifying, evaluating and protecting local historical resources. As explained by HPC member Cindy Serratore, the commission could begin to provide guidelines for the public. If, for instance, a homeowner of an older property was considering tearing off the front porch to spice up the appearance of the residence, he might refer to the guidel
Bemidji State University President Jon Quistgaard's Sunday presentation to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is said to have gone "very well." Bill Maki, the vice president for finance and administration at BSU, was not at the presentation, but had been in contact with Quistgaard since Sunday's 30-minute presentation to the WCHA board. "President Quistgaard reported back that he felt the meeting went very well," Maki said. The meeting concluded in a positive position that seemed to be beneficial for BSU and WCHA schools, Maki said. The details of what was presented, or any possibl
A 36-year-old Rogers, Minn., man died Sunday morning after his vehicle went through the ice on Leech Lake. Bradley Erikson, 36, of Rogers, was found around 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the ice on Leech Lake, according to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Erikson was unresponsive and was suffering from exposure, the release said. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids, where he was pronounced dead later Sunday morning. Erikson had been camping with a friend in the Sand Point area of Leech Lake and had left Walker sometime after 1 a.m.
Crews with Minnesota Energy Resources responded Monday to a gas leak outside the Bemidji Post Office on Fifth Street Northwest. The gas leak had been temporarily repaired by 4 p.m., although Minnesota Energy remained on the scene Monday afternoon, according to press releases from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. All streets have been reopened.
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.
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.
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.