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The 10,000 square feet that was to be included for events center space in the proposed Bemidji events center have been removed, at least temporarily. The design team, led by Manos Ginis, the principal director of design at Leo A. Daly, presented "very, very preliminary" schematic designs to the Bemidji City Council on Monday. "It is a fine balance what we built and how much of it," Ginis said. The 10,000 square feet of events center space, or meeting rooms, was removed from plans to accommodate more suites for Bemidji State University hockey.
With about 40 pairs of eyes looking for his views on the proposed Bemidji events center, attorney Brian Schoenborn made his opinion clear. "I believe you can build a first-class building that is a shining light to the country right here -- and do it reasonably priced," said Schoenborn, a St. Cloud attorney with Leonard, Street and Deinard, which he said is the leading sports law firm in a five-state region. Schoenborn was invited to Bemidji by the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, which is acting as the project coordinator on the events center.
For those seeking more information about Bemidji's proposed regional events center, Monday will offer a day full of opportunities. Meetings are scheduled throughout the day as officials and experts will discuss project plans. The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall for a meeting with businesses, which also will be open to the public.
After officials thanked the National Guard for answering the call to serve in Iraq, local guardsmen expressed their appreciation of the community for its support of them - and their families. "It's really amazing," said Jamie Allen.
A 19-year-old Redby man was shot and killed Saturday morning by a Red Lake Department of Public Safety police officer, according to the FBI. The man was shot after he was observed to be pointing an AK-47 at the police officer, said Paul McCabe, an FBI spokesman. The incident remains under investigation, and an autopsy and forensic reports are still being completed, McCabe said. The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Red Lake Department of Public Safety.
Get out your lederhosen. The Bemidji City Council on Monday unanimously approved the first Oktoberfest festival, to be held Oct. 5-7 in downtown Bemidji. The Bemidji Jaycees, the event's sponsor, hope the celebration becomes an annual festival. The Jaycees, explained co-chair Char Blashill, have been planning the festival for about three years. Bemidji Jaycees even worked at the St. Paul Oktoberfest in preparation for the Bemidji festival. "It was fun," she said. "We wanted to bring it home." The City Council voted unanimously to approve the event.
"Powerful!! I will think about what I learned for (some) time." "Thanks to ASPEN I have a better understanding and will be able to make better and smarter decisions. Thank you!" Sentenced to the ASPEN of Minnesota program for usually alcohol- or drug-related offenses, participants often find they learn more than they expected, said Director of Programs Steve Andersen, a retired police officer. ASPEN stands for Alternative Sentencing Program and Education Networks.
Mike Spaulding seemed to have it all: his own business, a racing career and a devoted family. But an addiction to methamphetamine put everything in peril - and now he is working to get it all back. "I'm one of the lucky ones," he said. "My life was hell - but it could have been a lot worse." During the ASPEN of Minnesota program, a video featuring Spaulding's story is shown to participants.
The Bemidji City Council will consider on Monday a request from the Bemidji Jaycees to host the city's first Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 5-6. The agenda item originally was to be considered Aug. 6, but was postponed until the Aug. 20 meeting. The event is planned to be held in "portions of downtown," according to council documents. The Jaycees plan to sell alcoholic beverages to those 21 years old and up 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 5-6 and noon to 1 a.m. Oct. 6-7. Anyone under the age of 16 will be required to vacate the premises after 10 a.m. Wrist bands will be used to identify patrons' ages.
-- July 16: City Council retains Headwaters Regional Development Commission to be the events center project coordinator. -- June 25: City of Bemidji submits a request to the Legislature for funding, detailing plans for a $50 million events center and a request to have the state contribute $25 million toward the facility. -- June 14: Council approves a multiuse events center that would house Bemidji State University hockey and have about 10,000 square feet of events center space. -- June 4: Council votes in favor of a $50 million events center; city will request $25 million from the state.