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The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board is poised to begin hiring its own staff. But in order to do that, the city of Bemidji and Northern and Bemidji townships need to begin allocating some dollars toward the JPB's operations. Even before that happens, however, the Joint Powers Agreement needs to be revised. The original Joint Powers Agreement did not address operational and administrative matters, nor did it address an annual budget or funding formula. In the last two months, a JOB committee has been meeting to address those concerns.
The Bemidji Economic Development Authority will hold a public hearing on Monday on its intent to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $14 million to establish an economic development district. The public hearing will take place immediately following the Bemidji City Council meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
A Dec. 8 fire at Oak Hills Christian College began because of improper disposal of ash. The college is not alone. According to Fire Chief Dick Sather, many wintertime fires are due to ash that is discarded into a flammable containers. "Ashes from the fireplace should never be placed in plastic or cardboard containers," Sather said.
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office is reminding motorists to allow for more time in their travels, to carefully approach intersections, and to use caution while driving. The highways are definitely becoming slippery this morning. Also, windy conditions will continue to decrease visibility. The Sheriff's Office asks motorists to please slow down and use common sense in these winter driving conditions.
Wendell Joseph Graves, 22, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of making terroristic threats with reckless disregard for risk and obstruction of the legal process by interfering with a peace officer. The charges stem from an incident Monday night in which Graves allegedly barricaded himself in an apartment and threatened to shoot police if they came in. The incident started at 11:25 p.m. when law enforcement personnel were called to the 1000 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest in regards to a fight.
The drivers of the two vehicles that collided Tuesday afternoon at U.S. Highway 71 and Beltrami County Road 23 are doing pretty well. Kalli R. Mostad, 28, of Bemidji, was listed in good condition Wednesday at North Country Regional Hospital. Deborah A. Lund, 43, of Blackduck, was treated and released at the hospital on Tuesday. Mostad was driving a red Toyota Matrix on County Road 23 at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when she entered Highway 71 near Turtle River and failed to yield to a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Lund, who was traveling north on Highway 71.
No charges have been filed against a Bemidji middle school teacher following an incident that involved a knife at the school. According to the Beltrami County Attorney office, middle school science teacher Denise Black was investigated following an incident in which she cut a cake using a knife. Law enforcement personnel did not believe a crime occurred, and the Beltrami County Attorney office concurred. School officials did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
The city of Bemidji is considering several options to avoid generating a sewer fund deficit in 2011 and beyond. Revenues in the other utility funds, sewer and water, are expected to decrease in the future and smaller cash reserves will be available, but the decline will not lead to levels below industry standards, according to a November report from Public Financial Management, Inc. The Bemidji City Council already has taken some action to try to address its depleting sewer fund, including the adoption of new sewer and water access charges.
The city of Bemidji plans to spend more than $13 million to purchase the property along the south shore of Lake Bemidji. A purchase agreement with the largest landowner in the area, Shore Quest L.L.C., was signed Monday afternoon as the Bemidji Economic Development Authority agreed to purchase 106.48 acres for $11,770,000. "We're moving ahead," said City Manager John Chattin. Combined with the purchase agreements in place for three other properties, the cost of all 129.13 acres is $13,085,528. The property, and the cost, breaks down as follows: -- 106.48 acres from ShoreQuest for $11,770,
The Bemidji Economic Development Authority met in a closed session Friday to discuss the purchase of property. The EDA voted unanimously at the close of the meeting to approve a proposed purchase agreement for more than 100 acres of land owned by ShoreQuest L.L.C.'s John Zacher along the south shore of Lake Bemidji. The details of the purchase agreements were not released during or following the meeting.