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Has the $50 million events center cap been lifted? Councilor Nancy Erickson was surprised on Monday to learn that the city no longer was planning for a $50 million events center. City Manager John Chattin said the cap was lifted following a January meeting with Bemidji State University President Jon Quistgaard. "We don't have a $50 million project," Chattin said. Looking back, at the Jan. 10 work session, the council approved two motions.
The City Council didn't say no - but it didn't say yes, either. Bemidji city councilors on Monday voted 5-1 to again visit its moratorium on donations during its April 14 work session after the city was asked by the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area for a $10,000 donation toward its operational expenses. "I wouldn't be standing here if ...
Local officials will meet today with Gov. Tim Pawlenty as they continue the push for state funding for a Bemidji events center. A contingent of city and Bemidji State University officials and a businessman is meeting with Pawlenty at 2 p.m. today as the lobbying effort for the project continues. Funding for the proposed events center was included in both the House of Representatives and Senate bonding bills, at $20 and $22 million respectively.
The body of a missing 51-year-old man was found after 2 p.m. Sunday on the 6400 block of Grange Road Northwest. An autopsy is investigating the cause of death, said Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp. Terrance Robotnik, who was last seen Feb. 29, was reported missing on March 5 from the 9800 block of Grange Road Northwest, according to a report from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.
Crews responded to a fire at Dockside restaurant south of Northome just before 10 p.m. Saturday. Responding were the Itasca County Sheriff's Office and fire departments from Northome, Kelliher and Blackduck, according to Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure. People were inside the establishment at the time of the fire, but no one was injured, he said. The owner of the restaurant attempted to put out the fire himself, but was unsuccessful. The fire was reported to have started in a storage area in the building, Medure said. The fire remains under investigation.
The Bemidji City Council is expected to discuss the city's policy on meters that measure water usage for sprinkling. The council will convene for a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. Since residents are charged for sanitary sewer use based on the amount of their water usage, the city of Bemidji has offered a sprinkling "discount" - but the resident must pay for a second water meter that measures the water used for sprinkling.
A downtown is the fingerprint of the community, said Martin Shukert with RDG Planning and Design. Shukert and Cory Scott from RDG made a public presentation Thursday night explaining the process they are undertaking for Bemidji's downtown market study. The market study, which is expected to take about nine months to complete, will examine the traditional downtown and the south shore redevelopment area.
The south shore of Lake Bemidji is poised to undergo an AUAR, an in-depth study that has not been done before in the Bemidji area. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board on Wednesday approved a resolution calling for the completion of an Alternative Urban Areawide Review, or AUAR, which will examine the redevelopment area along the south shore of Lake Bemidji. An AUAR examines the issues that will affect a potential development such as environmental issues and impacts and traffic concerns.
Do not meet with Harry Takhar without legal representation present. This was the message from the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board to Mel Milender, its zoning administrator. Nancy Erickson, a JPB member and Bemidji city councilor, said Takhar himself is not the issue, but the pending lawsuit was concerning. "It wouldn't matter who the person is," she said. "I'm no lawyer - it just seems safer." Takhar in November was denied a conditional use permit by the JPB that would have authorized him to operate Justice Enterprises L.L.C.
Kevin Mahle, an investigator with the State Fire Marshal office, said the fire at Turtle Creek Saloon remains under investigation. Foul play does not appear to be a factor, he added. But, a final cause is not yet known, Mahle said. Turtle Creek Saloon, 273 Bemidji Road N.E., was heavily damaged Sunday morning in a fire reported by a passer-by at 5:07 a.m. Crews from the Bemidji Fire Department responded to the call and stayed on scene throughout the day to extinguish the fire and assist with the investigation.