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Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Tuesday: Library budget Kitchigami Regional Library Director Marian Ridge presented the 2008 Bemidji Public Library budget, which includes a 3 percent increase for the city of Bemidji ($101,284) from 2007. Bemidji's automation repair and replacement commitment for 2008 is an additional $7,715. ACTION: No action necessary. Bemidji Avenue project The City Council considered adoption of a resolution approving the feasibility report concerning the reconstruction of Bemidji Avenue and setting a public hearing for 7 p.m.
Marian Ridge, the Kitchigami Regional Library director, attended Monday's Bemidji City Council meeting to present KRL's 2008 budget - and to field questions from councilors. The city of Bemidji's library levy ($101,284) is 3 percent higher in 2008 than 2007.
Basics -- What is the proposal? The Bemidji City Council supports construction of a facility that would include an events center/hockey arena, a convention center and a second sheet of ice. The City Council supports three phases of construction, and is now only considering the first phase of the project, which is the $50 million events center/arena. -- Where would the events center/arena be located? The building would be located east of Irvine Avenue and south of Third Street adjacent to the railroad corridor. Parking would be constructed in four lots along the rail line.
The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board had requested that its three member entities contribute a total of $4,000 in seed money. But City Attorney Alan Felix recommended that the JPB's Joint Powers Agreement first be revised before any monetary contribution is made. The City Council discussed the JPB request during Monday's meeting. No action was taken. The JPB was formed to develop one set of zoning and subdivision ordinances for the city of Bemidji, Northern Township and Bemidji Township.
Councilor Onen Markeson may continue his efforts in establishing the Bemidji Sustainability Task Force. The Bemidji City Council on Monday unanimously approved the request without dedicating funding to the task force. Markeson learned of a similar effort in the city of Duluth during the League of Minnesota conference held earlier this summer. The goal of the Bemidji task force is to "formulate recommendations for the preservation and protection of the area's ecosystems and natural resources so that our use of natural resources is in balance for nature's ability to replenish them," according
The boil order for the city of Park Rapids has been lifted. The city received a boil order - in which residents were required to boil their tap water before use - on Saturday morning from the Minnesota Department of Health after fecal coliform, or E. coli bacteria, was found in the city's water supply, according to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.
Duane Columbus, a Bois Forte tribe member, nearly died when he was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade in 1969 in Vietnam. For 30 years he tried unsuccessfully to get benefits. But then he met Alan Ellenson. Ellenson, who then worked with Beltrami County, offered to help Columbus work toward getting benefits and assisted him in filling out paperwork. "I was hesitant," Columbus said, explaining that offers of help in the past hadn't produced any results. But this time it was different.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider the creation of a new city task force. Councilor Onen Markeson and City Manager John Chattin have been working together toward establishing a means to ensure the sustainability of the community's natural resources, according to an agenda report regarding the task force. The goal is to "formulate recommendations for the preservation and protection of the area's ecosystems and natural resources so that our use of natural resources is in balance for nature's ability to replenish them," according to the agenda report. The Bemidji Sustainability T
Derek Gustafson, 13, of Puposky, was listed in critical condition Thursday at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Derek was injured Tuesday evening when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving reportedly rolled on top of him when he swerved to avoid an animal. He was found Tuesday evening on the 10900 block of Harvest Road Northeast with his ATV turned over and its right floorboard lying across his abdomen, according to the police report. The AVT was pulled off Derek using a winch on another ATV, the report stated.
Buck Theodore Eide, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Sept. 24 to criminal vehicular operation of a motor vehicle resulting in great bodily harm, a serious felony. He requested a jury trial. Eide is accused of causing the July 7, 2006, motor vehicle accident in which Peggy Hook, 52, of Bemidji, was seriously injured.