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Bemidji is about to have company. Dave Hengel with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission has been working on coordinating the events center project since the Bemidji City Council signed an agreement with the HRDC on July 16. Hengel said dates have been set for visits from the House and Senate investment committees, which next year will review the city's bonding request for funding toward a multiuse events center that would feature Bemidji State University hockey as the anchor tenant and have about 10,000 square feet of events center space.
-- July 16: City Council retains Headwaters Regional Development Commission to be the events center project coordinator. -- June 25: City of Bemidji submits a request to the Legislature for funding, detailing plans for a $50 million events center and a request to have the state contribute $25 million toward the facility. -- June 14: Council approves a multiuse events center that would house Bemidji State University hockey and have about 10,000 square feet of events center space. -- June 4: Council votes in favor of a $50 million events center; city will request $25 million from the state.
Changes are anticipated at the former MnDOT building on Paul Bunyan Drive. The former Minnesota Department of Transportation facility now houses city and Bemidji Fire Department vehicles and provides office space for the North Star Chapter of the American Red Cross. MnDOT exchanged ownership of the building with the city of Bemidji on Nov. 15, 1999, in exchange for the city providing water and sewer lines to serve the new MnDOT building on U.S. Highway 2 West.
The death of a man whose body was found on Aug. 8 in a wooded area on the 6600 block of Nature Road Northwest was caused by suicide. According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, human remains were found hanging from a dead tree near a deer stand in Eckles Township after someone called to report having found a body. The body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, which conducted an autopsy and confirmed the identity Tuesday through dental records, the release said. The man has been identified as Daniel James Burnside Peet, 21, the release said.
Jeremy Allen Tate, 22, of Bossier City, La., was charged on Monday with third-degree assault, a felony. According to the criminal complaint, Tate "head-butted" and threw another Louisiana man out of a cabin at Birch Haven Resort in the early-morning hours of Aug. 10. The victim, Justin Chase Dauphin of Louisiana, was unconscious after the alleged assault, according to the complaint. The incident began when Dauphin, who was intoxicated, began throwing items around the cabin and "making a mess," the complaint said.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday decided to "hope for the best, plan for the worst," according to Mayor Richard Lehmann. City staff was directed on Monday to continue working toward a 2008 budget utilizing a 9.9 percent levy increase despite a shrinking amount of state aid. The city of Bemidji earlier this year was poised to receive $428,000 in Local Government Aid in 2008, but by vetoing the 2008-09 budget bill, Gov.
A moratorium is in place. The Bemidji City Council just had to decide if it wants to continue to support it. Councilors on Monday wrestled with what constitutes a donation. Bemidji Youth Baseball previously had requested that the city waive $714 in building permit fees for a $60,000 building project to improve the baseball field on the Bemidji State University campus near Bemidji Avenue. The City Council voted on Aug.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday discussed possible incentives to get residents to "green up" their lawns. Finance Officer Ron Eischens presented information about the current sprinkling program in place and a proposed change that may help residents with the costs associated with the program. The city now allows residents to pay $125 plus installation fees for a second water meter that accurately measures the water usage for sprinkling purposes.
Hypothetically, if a disaster occurs, what would your business do if the work force was cut by 40 percent? If there was no electricity? If your "go-to" person was incapacitated? Beltrami County hosted a seminar on emergency preparedness for businesses on Thursday. Speakers, borrowing a line from the Boy Scouts, urged the public to "be prepared." Linda Chattin with Beltrami County Public Health and Beryl Wernberg, the emergency management director for the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, led the session.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Nymore Days Street Dance The City Council considered a request to close Central Avenue Southeast from the Corner Bar to an alley past The Garden Grill & Pub, and Second Street Southeast between The Garden Grill & Pub and the Corner Bar on Sept. 7 to allow for a street dance and pig roast. Alcohol will be sold at the event, and wrist bands will be used to indicate whether people are of legal age to drink. The event is planned in tandem with the Bemidji State University football team's annual Shrine Game on Sept.