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The Bemidji City Council is eyeing the south shore. The council met during a 90-minute closed meeting on Monday to discuss the potential acquisition of land on the southeast shore of Lake Bemidji. City Attorney Al Felix offered a recap of the council meeting in which he stated that the council has directed City Manager John Chattin to negotiate with the property owners to acquire some, if not all, of the land on the southeast shore. The council is looking at all of the property on the southeast shore, but whether the city of Bemidji ends up buying "part of or all of it in the end" remains t
The Headwaters Regional Development Commission has changed its mind. The HRDC earlier this month said it would terminate its contract with the city of Bemidji as the project coordinator for the events center. However, Executive Director Cliff Tweedale said Friday he did not ask the HRDC's commission for permission to terminate the contract during its meeting Thursday as he previously had expected to do. Instead, Tweedale asked the commission for permission to allow him to terminate the contract if he deems it necessary at a later date. The 25-member commission supported Tweedale on his req
A Bemidji woman was killed and her husband and daughter were injured Thursday morning in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 2 at Railroad Avenue in Proctor, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Julie A. Christensen, 43, died when the eastbound minivan in which she was a passenger lost control when it hydro-planed on water over the highway. It crossed into the westbound lane and was struck broadside by a Chevrolet wagon. The accident happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. Kevin D. Christensen, 41, of Bemidji, the driver of the minivan, was listed in good condition at St.
Roy Booth had a busy weekend. He served as a moderator for five panels during Arcana 37, a St. Paul writing convention that focuses on mystery and horror writing. Arcana bills itself as a "convention for the dark fantastic." The guest of honor at the Oct. 12-14 event was George Clayton Johnson, the co-author of "Logan's Run" and screenwriter of TV episodes including some for The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. Booth, the owner of Roy's Comics & Games in Bemidji, is a playwright and author.
John McRae will be leaving the city of Bemidji's Park and Recreation Commission. The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously to have staff prepare an amended ordinance that requires members of that commission to live within the city limits. Appointments to the commission had not previously been restricted to city residents. The commission reviewed the issue during its Oct.
Paul Bunyan is going for a walk. The Bemidji City Council unanimously approved an unusual art project during Monday's meeting in which Paul Bunyan's footprints will depict a tour of a pair of art sites downtown. Paula Swenson of Bemidji submitted the request in which giant footprints will be stenciled on the roadway leading from the Paul and Babe statues at the waterfront to the former site of the Great River Gallery to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and then back to the waterfront. Giant nose and handprints will be placed on the windows of the buildings where Paul "stops" to l
The Bemidji City Council held a public hearing on Monday on the Bemidji Avenue/Highway 197 reconstruction project. One resident, John Carlson, asked for clarification on assessment charges for those who live on corner lots of Bemidji Avenue and nearby streets that underwent reconstruction already. "It appears we're paying for water and sewer twice," Carlson said. Mayor Richard Lehmann said residents on corner lots will only be charged once for each utility. City Engineer Craig Gray referenced Carlson's situation and said his property is scheduled to be assessed for water main improvements
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Bemidji Avenue project The City Council held a public hearing on the Bemidji Avenue/Highway 197 reconstruction project and considered ordering a resolution calling for the preparation of plans and authorizing the advertisement for bids. ACTION: The council voted unanimously to approve. Art project The City Council considered the proposal of an art project that would have giant chalk footprints leading from the Paul and Babe statues at the waterfront, to the former site of the Great River Gallery, to the Headwaters Scho
A makeover is planned for a local hotel. The Comfort Inn of Bemidji was recently purchased by a California businessman, Waleed Srour. Srour said Tuesday he plans to completely update and renovate the hotel, which features 61 rooms and suites. "We will make sure the property is very nice," he said. The renovations are planned to emphasize comfort for customers, he said. "Our focus will be on guest services and guest satisfaction," he said. Srour purchased the Comfort Inn from Gary Gangelhoff, who built the hotel in 1991. "(Srour) is a real sharp guy," Gangelhoff said.
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man who approached two children and offered to give them a ride. At about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a suspicious male on County Road 18, 4 miles west of Nevis. The man allegedly stopped his vehicle where two children were waiting for a Nevis School bus and asked them twice if they would get into his vehicle and offered them a ride.