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Construction of a skate park in Bemidji is included in the goals of the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission for its 2007-08 year. Jackie Hess, vice president of the BYAC, offered the commission's report during Tuesday's City Council meeting. She outlined the accomplishments of the BYAC during 2006-07 and offered the group's top three priority goals, which include leading a youth-intensive process to design and build a skate park. Councilor Ron Johnson was supportive of the BYAC's goal to locate a skate park in Bemidji.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Tuesday: BYAC update Jackie Hess, the vice president of the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission, offered a summary of the 2006-07 year and presented the commission's goals for 2007-08, which include getting a skate park built in Bemidji. ACTION: No action necessary. Public expense policy The council considered adopting a chart that would outline whether an expense, such as a donation or fee waiver, would be legitimate. ACTION: On a 6-1 vote, the council voted down a motion that would have adopted the chart with amendments.
Mi casa es su casa. The Bemidji City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal offering to house the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board offices in Bemidji City Hall at a rental rate of $12 per square foot with 3 percent annual increases during the lease term, which is proposed to be at least five years. Under the proposal, the city would pay for the JPB's heat, air-conditioning, electric, water and sewer, and also provide Internet service. The JPB would be able to use the city's phone system.
The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide that allegedly occurred on Monday. According to a press release, the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at about 8:15 p.m. Monday from Paul William Warren, 86, of rural Mahnomen County. During the phone call, the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office Dispatch heard at least one gunshot after Warren stopped speaking, the release said. When deputies arrived at Warren's home several minutes later, they found Warren and his wife, Doris Oma Warren, 86, dead in the living room, the release said.
All of the events center plans - including the long-term "dream" - will be presented to legislators when they visit Bemidji later this month. The Bemidji City Council on Monday told the Headwaters Regional Development Commission to present legislators with both the current plan for an events center/arena and its long-term desire to also have a complex with a second sheet of ice and a convention center. The City Council has voted in support of a $50 million events center/arena. Half of the funding for the project would come from the half-cent sales tax.
Markus Matthew Moe, 19, of Bemidji pleaded guilty Tuesday to a serious felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 14-year-old girl. Moe will next appear in court Oct. 22, with the charge defined as sexual contact with a victim between the ages of 13 and 15 when the perpetrator is more than 24 months older than the victim. The Bemidji Police Department was called about 11 p.m. June 13 to North Country Regional Hospital to a complaint of sexual assault.
More than 20 people called the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office Tuesday regarding mail that may have been stolen from them Aug. 24. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office said several people had called to report the possible theft of their mail, and the calls were still coming. A Beltrami County citizen reported Friday that he had found a large quantity of mail near his residence.
If you care about the environment, is it hypocritical to drive around in a car promoting that message?
Ronald Mann, 50, of Cass Lake, was arraigned Tuesday for felony second-degree murder in Cass County District Court. Bail was set at $500,000. His next court date is Friday. Ronald Mann is accused of murdering his 74-year-old father, Ivan Mann, whose body was found on Friday in a wooded area near his home in Wilkinson Township. According to the criminal complaint, Ronald Mann killed his father following an argument.
Bemidji State University and the city of Bemidji are still negotiating an agreement in which the university would serve as the anchor tenant of the events center, Mayor Richard Lehmann said Monday. "They are working with us," he said. Lehmann's comments were made during a special Bemidji City Council work session that unveiled preliminary design plans of a multiuse events center for downtown Bemidji. He was responding to a comment from Bemidji resident Lisa Boulay, who challenged BSU officials in attendance to "show us you're committed." While the City Council previously voiced support fo