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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
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
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 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.