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Neither the city nor Bemidji State University has, to date, defined its level of commitment to the events center project. But, the breadth of their dedication will finally be revealed during a 5:30 p.m.
Nate Dorr is on a mission. Again. In the mid-1990s, the Bemidji resident was loosely involved with a local effort supporting a Bemidji skate park. Ten years later, he's advocating for the same skate park. Dorr, 31, is now working with the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission as a volunteer consultant to encourage the construction of a free, public skate park that would be constructed in Bemidji. "The only agenda I have is to get a skate park built in Bemidji," Dorr said. The campaign in the '90s resulted in Smart Skate, a privately run indoor skate park that is now closed.
An offer from the National Guard Armory has resulted in a temporary home for local skateboarders. Sgt. Seth Martell has made indoor space available at the Armory for use as an indoor skate park for local enthusiasts.
The Bemidji Fire Department has given La Ceiba, Honduras, some much-needed Christmas presents. Fire Chief Dick Sathers last week drove to Maple Grove, Minn., to deliver about 12 full sets of clothing, helmets and boots that will be delivered to La Ceiba to be used by local firefighters. The donated Bemidji gear no longer meets the standards of the National Fire Protection Agency.
The two adults who were sickened by carbon monoxide poisoning have been identified. Charles Eugene Bartz, 66, and Catherine Mary Brewster, 53, both of Pennington, were taken to two Minnesota hospitals Saturday for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning. Brewster was treated and released at North Country Regional Hospital for bruises she sustained in a fall while vacating the residence, according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.
The Bemidji Police Department will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 at City Hall to inform the public about a Level III sex offender who is expected to be moving into Bemidji. Anthony Michael Bishop, 37, was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1991 in Hennepin County, according to the State of Minnesota. The Bemidji Police Department issued a press release on Wednesday detailing its intent to hold the public meeting to alert the public about Bishop.
The woman who died Saturday morning in a car crash at the junction of U.S. Highway 2 and state Highway 32 has been identified as 30-year-old Kelly Blomquist, 30, of Thief River Falls. Blomquist died in a two-vehicle crash about 11 a.m. Saturday at the Marcoux Corner, the junction of highways 2 and 32, about 14 miles east of Crookston, according to the State Patrol. Blomquist was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Cameron Chisholm, 31, of Thief River Falls, the State Patrol said. Following the crash, Chisholm was taken to Riverview Hospital in Crookston with non-life-threatening injuries.
A new Bemidji-based company is trying to improve wireless service throughout the city. Enterpoint L.L.C.
Members of the Bemidji Pioneer Firefighters Relief Association will have access to increased pension funds starting next year. The association appeared before the Bemidji City Council on Monday requesting permission to increase pension benefits from $4,150 per year of service to $5,100. With approximately 20 firefighters looking on from the audience, the council voted 4-2 to authorize the increase.
Is Bemidji a retail mecca? Bemidji now has two shopping districts - the downtown features local shops and services, and the "strip" along Highway 197/Paul Bunyan Drive on the north side of town has mostly national chains, including those at the Paul Bunyan Mall. The city of Bemidji plans to create a third business area with the development of 130 acres along the south shore of Lake Bemidji. And now, plans for the Pinnacle Village outlet mall at the intersections of U.S.