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Is Bemidji a retail mecca? Bemidji now has two shopping districts - the downtown features local shops and services, and the "strip" along Highway 197/Paul Bunyan Drive on the north side of town has mostly national chains, including those at the Paul Bunyan Mall. The city of Bemidji plans to create a third business area with the development of 130 acres along the south shore of Lake Bemidji. And now, plans for the Pinnacle Village outlet mall at the intersections of U.S.
Will Pinnacle Village have an impact on retail businesses in town? City planners familiar with outlet malls said this fall that it could influence commercial development. "I'm not sure that the mall will have a major economic impact on Bemidji since you already have some of the big-box stores there," said Alan Cottingham, the planning director for the city of North Branch.
Bemidji just might have its own Grinch. The Bemidji Police Department has arrested Tanya Ann Allen, 30, of Cass Lake, on suspicion of stealing toys from the United Way Holiday Gifts for Kids program. Upon her arrest, numerous stolen toys were recovered in Allen's residence; they are planned to be returned to the United Way for proper disbursement, according to a press release from the Bemidji Police Department. Allen remains in the Beltrami County jail pending charges from the Beltrami County Attorney office, the release said. Bemidji Police began investigating reports on Dec.
If at first you don't succeed, try again. It took two attempts, but the Bemidji City Council did authorize the spending of $659,587 from the half-cent parks sales tax to pay for the purchase of three properties along the southeast shore of Lake Bemidji. The motion, by Councilor Nancy Erickson, initially failed on a 3-3 tie as Councilors Onen Markeson, Jerry Downs and Barb Meuers voted against it. But, on a second try - following another failed vote that would have authorized $481,669 to come from the sales tax - Meuers changed her vote and the motion passed 4-2. The council struggled to id
Where are the city's priorities? This was the question posed to the Bemidji City Council by resident Kathleen Gorick, who spoke during the public comment portion of Monday's meeting. Gorick was emotional during her presentation and addressed councilors by reading a prepared statement. She questioned the council's priorities in considering more than $13 million to purchase land along the southeast shore of Lake Bemidji while also considering a privatization of the wastewater treatment plant. Gorick, whose husband is an employee at the wastewater treatment plant, was referencing a City Counc
The public will have to wait a little longer before hearing the details of the events center proposal. The project team had planned to present components of the plan to the public and the Bemidji City Council this week, but has decided to wait until the first part of January. The target date had been mid- to late December as Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, said legislative finance committees begin prioritizing bonding requests after the holidays. "I know that negotiations are ongoing and all parties are committed to getting this done," Moe said Monday.
Authorities in Cass County are warning fisherman and other recreational enthusiasts that the ice conditions on Cass County lakes vary greatly. A number of vehicle, including snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, have broken through the ice in the past week, the Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a Monday press release. Those venturing onto the ice must be extremely cautions and aware of varying ice conditions, the release said.
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.
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.
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.