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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.
After a nearly three-year absence, a restaurant is poised to again open at the former site of Union Station Restaurant. Villella's Bada Bing sports bar and restaurant is planned to open in early June. It also will be a nightclub and will host live music on the patio throughout the summer. "I love it here," said owner Chris Villella, who is opening Villella's Bada Bing along with co-owner Tracey Gardner. Villella's Bada Bing will actually be the second location for the sports bar and restaurant.
If SAC/WAC fees had been in place last year, there would be one fewer homeowner in Bemidji, Jerry Hamilton told the City Council Monday. Hamilton, the president of the Northwoods Habitat for Humanity, said that $2,675 in sewer and connection fees would have been enough to place home ownership out of reach for one family. "It's a very real concern for us," he said. The council on Monday approved the waiving of $1,239 in building, plan review and mechanical permit fees for the construction of a Habitat home at 1112 Roosevelt Road S.E., but did not support Habitat's request for the waiving of
The Cass County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect who was interrupted Monday while he was burglarizing a home, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. The homeowner interrupted the suspect when he returned to his home before noon Monday in East Gull Lake, according to the press release.
A new trail has been proposed for Bemidji that would run along the west shore of Lake Bemidji from Library Park to 29th Street. The Lake Bemidji West Shore Trail would be composed of on-road and off-road trails and sidewalks and would follow Lake Boulevard, go through the Bemidji State University campus and run along Birchmont Drive. On Monday, the Bemidji City Council will consider authorizing the first step in the process, which is design and engineering work.
David Wade Spires, 22, of Puposky, pleaded guilty on May 6 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim younger than 13 years old, a serious felony. His next court date is June 9. According to the criminal complaint, Spires was staying with a Puposky family in January 2007 after he had been released from a Norman County jail. Also staying at the home was a 4-year-old girl and her mother. Spires, who did not have a job, volunteered to baby-sit the girl while the mother was at work in Bemidji. The mother described Spires as a friend of the family.
An ultralight powered parachute aircraft crash-landed in an open field southwest of Park Rapids Wednesday evening, according to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office. Rickie Brunner, 53, of Sebeka, Minn., was piloting the ultra-light when it crashed at 6:22 p.m. Thursday about 4 miles southwest of Park Rapids in Straight River Townships, the press release said. Brunner was treated for minor injuries at St.
A 17-year-old boy shot himself during an early-morning police pursuit Thursday in Beltrami County, according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The boy, who has not been identified, is being treated at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, according to the press release. The incident, which began as a routine traffic stop at about 2:15 a.m. on the Highway 2 bypass, escalated when "a long rifle was pointed out of the driver's window at the deputy" when he approached the suspect vehicle, the press release said.