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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
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.
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.
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.
Wendell Rodney Blue, the suspect accused of stealing and subsequently rolling a Good Samaritan's car earlier this year, has pleaded guilty to charges associated with the incident. Blue, 36, of Redby, has pleaded guilty to felony theft of a motor vehicle; gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to testing; and misdemeanor failing to stop following an accident involving injury or death.
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.
Two events are planned this spring to help "green up" the city. Bemidji GreenUp is hosting a 1,000-tree giveaway this month and also plans to simultaneously plant 150 trees May 17 in celebration of Minnesota's sesquicentennial. "Both are exciting projects," said Nancy Erickson, a Bemidji city councilor and member of Bemidji GreenUp. Free seedlings will be available to city residents the afternoon of April 24 and all day Arbor Day, April 25, at Bemidji City Hall. Those who do not live within the city's limits are encouraged to stop by and see if there are trees available.