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The celebration began moments after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the bonding bill. "This is a great day for Bemidji," said Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson. "This is a great thing for the city of Bemidji and Bemidji State University." While trimming more than $200 million from the Legislature's bonding bill, Pawlenty kept in place $20 million for Bemidji's events center.
If the Birchmont Drive project is to proceed, the Bemidji City Council will have to award the bid during Monday's meeting. The Northern Township Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on March 24 to approve the planned project that will expand utilities and reconstruct the roadway. Its recommendation was forwarded to the Bemidji City Council, which must award the bid on April 7 or they expire. The project affects both government entities as Northern Township is the local government unit that would call for the work, and the Bemidji City Council is the assessing unit. There are 216 parcels that wil
His goal has always been to keep Lake Bemidji clean. But now, after 35 years with the city of Bemidji, Tim Whiting, the superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Facility, is preparing for retirement. Officially, it will be 34 years and 11 months when he retires on May 2, Whiting noted. "The most satisfying thing is that I've worked to keep the lake clean," Whiting said. "That was always my first priority." Whiting, who was born in Bemidji, joined the city's workforce after graduating from Bemidji High School in 1970.
While the Bemidji City Council agreed that schematics depicted a beautiful building, it was split when deciding whether to give architects the OK to continue with their events center plans. On a 5-2 vote, councilors directed the design team Thursday night to continue refining preliminary plans and determine the costs of events center design options.
BEMIDJI -- A three-night planning process on the exterior design of the Bemidji events center will culminate tonight with a special City Council meeting. Architects from Leo A. Daly this week have presented potential designs to councilors and members of a design committee for the facility. Those concepts have been reworked during the week to include officials' preferences. They will, again, be tweaked today in preparation for tonight's meeting based on comments made during Wednesday's session.
John William Hillman, 33, of Nevis, has been ordered to remain in Itasca County Jail without bond. Hillman appeared in Itasca County District Court Monday in reference to a probation violation, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. Hillman is accused of violating his probation associated with previous conviction of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Whether Bemidji constructs an events center, convention center or both, having a hotel located next door is critical to the project's success, city officials said Monday. Councilors unanimously voted Monday evening to hire Bill Krueger from Conventions, Sports and Leisure to lead the city in an effort to recruit a hotel developer to complement the planned events center. While Bemidji awaits word on the fate of the Legislature's bonding bill, which includes $20 million in funding for the project, city officials noted that Gov.
A three-day planning process on the exterior design of the events center kicks off tonight at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Members of the design committee for the events center will meet with five architects from Leo A. Daly from 6-8 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday to discuss design plans for the facility. Architects will work at the hotel during the week to prepare preliminary designs based on the input of committee members. The meeting Thursday night will be a special City Council meeting.
The driver of the FedEx semi-truck/tractor trailer involved in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning has been identified as Robert Lloyd Breeze of Blackduck. Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Ann Cartwright of Bemidji died following the accident, which was reported at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Cartwright pulled in front of the semi truck when she turned from Birchmont Beach Road Northeast with the intent of heading south on Bemidji Road North, said Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.
The Pinnacle Village project is still looking at a late 2009 opening date, according to a spokesperson for Capital Growth Madison Marquette. CGMM is a national real-estate company based in Minneapolis that has partnered with local businessman Harry Takhar to develop the project. Pinnacle Village is proposed to be a two-phase project. The first phase is planned to consist of a 115,000-square-foot outlet center and a 170,000-square-foot big-box retailer.