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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.
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.
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.
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.
A picture is worth a thousand words. After reviewing a visual of plans for the new Burger King, the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board overruled the recommendation from its joint planning commission and granted a variance allowing for less pervious surface at the site than the zoning ordinance requires.
The Parks and Trails Commission on Tuesday decided to allocate $150,000 in sales-tax dollars toward the construction of a Bemidji skate park. Its recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration during a future council meeting. The parks commission's decision was months in the making as local skate park supporters first pitched the plan to the commission in November.
Rick and Justin Whittington approached the Lake Irving boat access Saturday morning not expecting to find a parking space. They were worried for nothing as parking was pretty plentiful at the boat landing near the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Whether it was caused by the late ice-out or wet, cold conditions Saturday, Rick Whittington said the number of anglers was down Saturday morning. "There's usually 40-50 boats out here," he said, motioning to the dozen or so boaters on Lake Irving Saturday afternoon.
While anglers from the southern parts of the state might choose to delay a planned fishing trip to the area for a few weeks due to the late ice-out, the DNR expects that many local anglers will find their way to open water for today's 2008 fishing opener. "Local folks who are familiar, who know the area, will find places to go," said Gary Barnard, area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Jay Allen Lutgen, 20, of Bemidji, has pleaded guilty via an Alford Plea to third-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion, a serious felony. The charge was amended from first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under the age of 13, also a serious felony.