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The city will hire a consultant after all. The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted unanimously to move forward toward retaining Wayzata-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure for two components of events center planning. CSL was retained at a cost of $30,000 to perform a second analysis of the proposed Bemidji events center. The study will essentially be an update of the 2006 feasibility study. CSL will also likely be hired to serve as a consultant in lease negotiations between the city and Bemidji State University.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall may come to Bemidji next spring. The Bemidji City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider a request to allow the waterfront to showcase the traveling wall April 2-7, 2008. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall is a half-size replica of the full memorial in Washington, D.C.
Don't be too surprised if you see more hunters out today than in recent years. Minnesota's firearms deer-hunting opener is today, and Mark Cook, owner/manager of Bluewater Outdoors, said he would estimate that there are more hunters this year than in the past. "I would say there is more interest," he said.
More new reading materials. More new DVDs, CDs and audio books. More hours of service. These were the top three items that Bemidji Public Library patrons marked as the most needed improvements to their local library. A handful of people attended Thursday's follow-up meeting on the Kitchigami Regional Library System's strategic planning process.
"A double blow." That's what Patrick Donnay, president of the Downtown Development Authority, called Wednesday's announcement that the events center would be proposed to be located on the south shore and not downtown. The city not only canceled a redevelopment strategy for downtown, but it also is advocating for what will likely create a competing business district, Donnay said. "I represent the downtown businesses, and for us, this is a double blow," he said. Officials on Wednesday pledged that they would work with the downtown businesses to identify a revitalization plan for downtown.
A relocation to the south shore of Lake Bemidji has resurrected the events center project. Mayor Richard Lehmann announced Wednesday that the city of Bemidji has made an offer to purchase nearly 130 acres of land from ShoreQuest owner John Zacher and neighboring landowners in order to locate the events center on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. Negotiation are continuing, so the price of the offer is not public, Lehmann said. Officials stressed that the project would have died had a new location not been chosen. "If the City Council didn't make this decision, (the proposal) was stalled," s
After more than two weeks of speculation, answers on the proposed events center are expected this afternoon. The city of Bemidji has announced a press conference for today at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. It is open to the public. City Manager John Chattin confirmed Tuesday that the press conference will address the events center. Details of what will be covered were not offered. The city has held two closed-door meetings this month to discuss the potential acquisition of property on the south shore of Lake Bemidji.
The city of Bemidji will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the proposed events center project, City Manager John Chattin said today. The press conference will be held in the Council Chambers at Bemidji City Hall. It is open to the public. Meanwhile, the Bemidji Woolen Mills is hosting a "Downtown Regional Events Center Dedication" at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Freedom Defenders War Memorial, located at the south end of Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.
The battle between Harry Takhar and Bemidji Township continues. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend denial of a conditional use permit that would have allowed Takhar to operate offices of Justice Enterprises L.L.C.
A lot can change in two weeks. The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce two weeks ago held a meeting in which the business community expressed unanimous support of the proposed events center. During a follow-up meeting on Wednesday, that support was questionable. So what changed? The council now is reportedly considering relocating the events center project from downtown to the south shore of Lake Bemidji, according to Chamber of Commerce President Mike Smith. The City Council has met twice since Oct. 15 in closed sessions to discuss the potential purchase of land.