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Herman Pater, 95, of Hines, died Wednesday afternoon in a crash involving his all-terrain vehicle and a passenger car, according to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Thief River Falls. Pater was headed north on the shoulder of Highway 71 in Hines at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when he crossed directly in front of a 1991 Honda Accord driven by 26-year-old Shannon Knutson of Tenstrike, the State Patrol said. Pater was pronounced dead at the scene. Knutson was uninjured in the crash.
Fight democracy with democracy. This was the message from Dr. Carl Seemann, who hosted a meeting at his Hilltop Animal Hospital Wednesday night for area residents opposed to the planned utility expansion and road project for Birchmont Drive. About one dozen residents attended, representing 10 properties that would be assessed for utility work associated with the project.
The 19-year-old woman who died following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday has been identified as Jennifer Ann Cartwright of Bemidji. Cartwright died following a crash involving a FedEx semi-truck/tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The crash was reported at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Birchmont Beach Road Northeast and Bemidji Avenue North, the Sheriff's Office said. Cartwright was the driver and sole occupant of the passenger car.
A 19-year-old Bemidji woman died Wednesday following a crash involving a FedEx truck and a passenger vehicle, according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The crash was reported at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Birchmont Beach Road Northeast and Bemidji Avenue North, the press release said. The woman who died was the driver and sole occupant of the passenger vehicle.
A request from Birchmont Drive residents has spurred the Bemidji City Council to reconsider its policy for sewer and water connection fees. The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to offer residents a longer grace period to connect to the city's sewer and water systems without facing SAC/WAC fees. Under the new policy, residents would have two construction seasons from the time they are eligible to connect to the sewer and water systems without facing a SAC/WAC fee. Residents who already have access to sewer and water systems still have until Jan.
If a private company can operate the treatment plant for less, why can't the city? City Manager John Chattin rhetorically posed this question on Monday as he recommended that the city of Bemidji continue to operate its Wastewater Treatment Facility, but do so more efficiently. "If People Service can do it, I believe we can do it," Chattin said. The city of Bemidji, at its request, has received four proposals from private companies interested in taking over operation of the treatment plant.
The city of Bemidji could save about $100,000 annually if it contracts with a private firm to operate the Wastewater Treatment Facility. But those savings would likely come at the cost of city employees' jobs. The Bemidji City Council will meet in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall to discuss the proposals from four private firms interested in operating the city's treatment plant.
The Bemidji City Council does not appear to be moved by the request of Birchmont Drive residents objecting to the city's implementation of sewer and water access charges. Birchmont Drive residents are facing up to $21,000 in assessments if a planned utility improvement project is approved by the Northern Township Board of Supervisors on Monday. In addition to the assessment charges, residents also would face a $1,830 fee for new sewer customers and an $845 fee for a new water connection through the city's SAC/WAC charges. However, residents who connect to sewer and water prior to Jan.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Boys & Girls Club Leonore Potter, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, requested $10,000 in city funds for operational costs. ACTION: The council voted 5-1 to discuss its moratorium on donations during its April1 4 work session. Councilor Nancy Erickson was opposed. Sprinkling The council considered a staff recommendation for sprinkling discounts.
A 75-year-old Gully man died Tuesday due to a car accident that occurred just before 5:30 p.m. that day at Highway 75 and County Road 2 in Clay County, according to the State Patrol in Detroit Lakes. The victim, Gordon Benson, was driving east on County Road 2 in a 1993 Chevrolet pickup when he failed to yield to a 1999 Ford pickup that was headed south on Highway 75, the State Patrol reported. The Chevrolet struck the Ford broadside.