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Curt Oakes did his job so well he no longer has one. Oakes, the Bemidji city planner, played a key role in the development of the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, which has essentially led to the elimination of the city planner position, a job Oakes has held for the last 16 years. "I've really enjoyed it here," Oakes said.
Bemidji State University students are making their mark at the Capitol. Today, BSU Student Senate President Cody Nelson will travel to St. Paul to hand-deliver 5,000 letters, written and signed by BSU students, in support of the proposed events center.
The events center needs a hotel partner, city officials said Monday. City Manager John Chattin said there is interest, citing several calls he has received from hotel and motel developers inquiring about the project. But the city has not, to date, had a plan in place on how to move toward negotiating an agreement. "We need to establish a process to deal with this," Chattin said during Monday's work session. The city already is working with Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports and Leisure for a study on the projected cost for operations and maintenance of the facility.
In order to accommodate an October 2010 opening for Bemidji State University hockey, the Bemidji City Council will need to consider some options regarding the construction timeline for the events center. Architect Paul Richards from Widseth, Smith, Nolting presented the council with a timeline for the events center project and overall south shore redevelopment during a work session Monday night. The events center will require 24 months for construction, he said.
As Mayor Richard Lehmann touted the cooperative effort in supporting the events center, a dozen students from Bemidji State University were down in St.
There might be a foot of snow outside, but for some people it's time to start thinking about the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. The third annual festival, which features dragon boat races on Lake Bemidji near the waterfront, is scheduled for July 31 through Aug. 2. Early registration for this year's festival runs through March 1. Team registration normally costs $750, but early entrants save $100.
A Bemidji native has won first prize in a division of the World Press Awards. Ariana Lindquist, a 1990 graduate of Bemidji High School, topped the arts and entertainment division of the World Press Awards. Her photo, taken in Shanghai, China, captures a girl dressed in an anime costume.
What makes a building Bemidji-esque? Members of the events center's Design Review Committee on Tuesday identified design elements that represent Bemidji during a meeting with Leo A. Daly representatives. It was the first meeting of the Design Review Committee, which was formed to work with the design team to develop an events center building that better represents the Bemidji community. A previous proposal from Leo A. Daly depicted a modern building that would be constructed of metal paneling, brick and glass.
For the second time in two weeks, the Bemidji City Council tabled a vote on a proposed events center committee. The council voted 4-3 last week to postpone a decision until Tuesday night on a Steering Committee whose members would work with City Manager John Chattin on events center issues.
John Chattin will again ask the Bemidji City Council to approve the formation of a Steering Committee to help facilitate the events center project. The City Council meets in a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bemidji City Hall.