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A 17-year-old Pine River boy and a 20-year-old Longville man have been arrested for allegedly starting fires in Cass County. According to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the two were arrested at about 3:30 p.m.
Ours to Serve House of Hospitality annually turns away 600-1,000 people in need of emergency housing. But the nonprofit has plans for a new, expanded shelter that would more than triple the number of beds now available. Executive Director Rebecca Hoffman said Ours to Serve is working toward securing a state grant that would allow for the construction of a larger facility. The current shelter, located on Irvine Avenue Northwest across from the Bemidji Post Office, is certified for six beds. "It's not big enough.
Six pounds of marijuana were confiscated following the execution of a search warrant seven miles south of Ball Club in rural Cass County, according to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. A 30-year-old Grand Rapids man was arrested about 10 a.m. Thursday following the search, according to the press release. He remains in Cass County Jail pending charges. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Sheriff's Office, Itasca County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Rapids Police Department.
A 17-year-old Pine River boy and 20-year-old Longville man have been arrested for allegedly starting fires in Cass County. According to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the two were arrested around 3:30 p.m.
Make it cheaper. That was the direction from the Bemidji City Council to its events center design team. "That's what you've got to do," said Mayor Richard Lehmann. The Leo A Daly design team presented revised schematics of the exterior and interior of the events center complex during a special work session Wednesday night at City Hall. The revised plans cut already 13,000 square feet from the footprint that was presented in April - but the now 227,000-square-foot complex is still over budget. The exact cost of what has been proposed is not yet known.
The city of Bemidji has received five letters expressing an interest in developing a hotel to accompany the events center project. The city has hired Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure to have Bill Krueger lead an effort in recruiting a hotel developer to the project. Krueger sent letters to 150 prospective developers to gauge their interest in the project.
A severed fiber line caused problems for telephone users Tuesday in the Bemidji area. It appears that those with landlines - actual land-based telephone lines - are able to call other landlines while cell phone users are able to contact other cell phones. However, landlines do not seem able to contact cell phones and cell phones cannot contact landlines. According to Paul Bunyan Telephone, a Qwest fiber south of Lake George was cut and it was being fixed. The cut fiber was impacting service to some cell phones and landlines.
The Bemidji Regional Airport Commission agreed last week to cover a funding gap for providing a law enforcement officer at the airport for each commercial flight. While the city of Bemidji receives some grant funding from the Transportation Security Administration to cover a portion of those costs, the city of Bemidji has been eating the leftover cost of $15 per flight, according to City Manager John Chattin and Police Chief Gerald Johnson. They asked the airport commission on Wednesday to pay the difference for the remainder of this year while exploring other options for the future. "I don
The city's new public works building will strengthen relationships between city employees, two department heads said Tuesday. "Our efficiencies are going to improve because everybody is under one roof," said Public Works Director Andy Mack.
After receiving nearly 400 survey responses and hosting eight focus groups in two days, Martin Shukert and Cory Scott have learned quite a bit about downtown Bemidji - mainly, that the community would like to see improved connections. Shukert and Scott, representing RDG Planning & Design, were in town Monday and Tuesday to lead several community meetings on the challenges facing downtown Bemidji. Shukert and Scott are working on a market study that will examine the traditional downtown and south shore redevelopment area. The focus group discussions were the second step in the process.