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The events center design team is being watchful of the complex's total square footage as it tries to keep down the facility's construction costs. Except for one area. When the second sheet of ice was eliminated and the facility was compressed and realigned, the northwest corner of the facility emerged as a "very special spot," according to Steve Singer, a senior architect with Leo A Daly. This rounded area, referred to as break-out space, offers a view of Diamond Point Park across Lake Bemidji and is just slightly smaller than the footprint of Bemidji City Hall. "That's the space I'd want
The plans for a new Bemidji Burger King will be presented to the Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission during its regular meeting Thursday evening. Milo Holderbecker plans to construct a new Burger King on the former Midway Motel site and relocate the business from its current site at the intersection of Paul Bunyan Drive South and Second Street Southwest. To do so, Holderbecker has requested that the planning commission grant a variance request that would allow him to have 80 percent impervious surface coverage at the new site rather than the required 70 percent. The planning commission w
The Bemidji City Council has decided to at least pursue its options for tax-increment financing for development along the south shore of Lake Bemidji. The council unanimously voted Monday to enter into a contract with Stefanie Galey of Faegre & Benson, a Minneapolis law firm, in which Galey would provide advice and proposals on the use of TIF for redevelopment purposes. The cost for services will not exceed $10,000. City Manager John Chattin said a consultant would be needed to address the many issues that come with TIF, including whether it should be used for just commercial development or
A summer-long road project will begin Monday as Bemidji drivers will have to adjust to a planned detour for Bemidji Avenue. Bemidji Avenue North, also known as Paul Bunyan Drive and Highway 197, will be closed beginning Monday from Third Street to 23rd Street. Irvine Avenue is planned to be the detour route. Traffic will be directed there off of Second Street via America Avenue.
The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that it has "apprehended and detained" two juveniles in connection to the bomb threat made this week against Bagley High School. Due to their ages, data privacy laws prohibit the release of further information, the Sheriff's Office said in a press release. At about 7:52 a.m. Monday, the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office received a report of a bomb threat at Bagley High School, according to a previous press release from Clearwater County Attorney Jeanine Brand.
The projected deficit has dropped. That was the bottom line presented in a report to the Bemidji City Council from Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, the firm hired to complete an updated financial report on the Bemidji events center. In the report CSL reviewed three potential scenarios for the events center: Scenario One has the city operating both the events center/arena and convention center; Scenario Two has the city operating the arena and a private hotel operating the convention center; and Scenario Three has the city operating both a convention center and multi
Motion one: Eliminate monetary contributions to Habitat for Humanity, Bemidji Senior Center and Beltrami Humane Society. Moratorium would be continued. Vote: 3-4. Councilors Nancy Erickson and Roger Hellquist and Mayor Richard Lehmann voted in favor; Councilors Jerry Downs, Ron Johnson, Onen Markeson and Barb Meuers were opposed. Motion two: Keep moratorium in place as the city works to develop a possible list of criteria that would be used to screen nonprofit groups that would request a contribution from a fund that would be generated from liquor store profits.
The city of Bemidji has released the latest financial report done on the events center. Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure has reviewed three potential scenarios for the events center and developed financial projections for each possibility.
Just as the last batch of snow was finally melting away, the Bemidji area was pummeled with another snowstorm Thursday night. The Bemidji area received about 8 inches of snow between Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. Park Rapids got 7 inches while Red Lake Falls received just 1.5 inches.
Slick roadways contributed to a crash Thursday night involving a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy. The crash was the culmination of a 15-mile high-speed pursuit that started with a Bemidji Police traffic stop at Beltrami Avenue Northwest and Fifth Street Northwest. According to a police report, the suspect driver, later identified as a 17-year-old boy, became uncooperative during the 7:22 p.m.