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In order to accommodate an October 2010 opening for Bemidji State University hockey, the Bemidji City Council will need to consider some options regarding the construction timeline for the events center. Architect Paul Richards from Widseth, Smith, Nolting presented the council with a timeline for the events center project and overall south shore redevelopment during a work session Monday night. The events center will require 24 months for construction, he said.
As Mayor Richard Lehmann touted the cooperative effort in supporting the events center, a dozen students from Bemidji State University were down in St.
There might be a foot of snow outside, but for some people it's time to start thinking about the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. The third annual festival, which features dragon boat races on Lake Bemidji near the waterfront, is scheduled for July 31 through Aug. 2. Early registration for this year's festival runs through March 1. Team registration normally costs $750, but early entrants save $100.
A Bemidji native has won first prize in a division of the World Press Awards. Ariana Lindquist, a 1990 graduate of Bemidji High School, topped the arts and entertainment division of the World Press Awards. Her photo, taken in Shanghai, China, captures a girl dressed in an anime costume.
What makes a building Bemidji-esque? Members of the events center's Design Review Committee on Tuesday identified design elements that represent Bemidji during a meeting with Leo A. Daly representatives. It was the first meeting of the Design Review Committee, which was formed to work with the design team to develop an events center building that better represents the Bemidji community. A previous proposal from Leo A. Daly depicted a modern building that would be constructed of metal paneling, brick and glass.
For the second time in two weeks, the Bemidji City Council tabled a vote on a proposed events center committee. The council voted 4-3 last week to postpone a decision until Tuesday night on a Steering Committee whose members would work with City Manager John Chattin on events center issues.
John Chattin will again ask the Bemidji City Council to approve the formation of a Steering Committee to help facilitate the events center project. The City Council meets in a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bemidji City Hall.
Brett Anthony Wheeler, 40, and Dawn Marie Wheeler, 37, were arraigned Thursday in Hubbard County District Court for fifth-degree possession of an illegal drug. A $3,000 bond or $300 cash bail was set for both. The Wheelers were arrested at about 3 p.m.
Pinnacle Village Shoppes remains on course for a spring groundbreaking. An Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the project is now available for review and comment at Bemidji City Hall. A site plan in the EAW depicts a possible layout including a row of about 25 retail shops. Scattered throughout the development are 13 standalone buildings representing eight restaurants, four junior big-box stores and one big-box store. "We're in conversations with a lot of different (businesses)," developer Harry Takhar said Friday.
Of more than 400 crashes on Highway 197 in a three-year period, more than 100 involved injuries. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is examining a six-mile stretch of Highway 197/Paul Bunyan Drive/Bemidji Avenue to consider whether there are too many accesses on the roadway, which may contribute to a higher-than-average number of crashes. MnDOT has hired Alliant Engineering Inc. to complete the access management study. While a public open house will be held Feb.