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For nine years, the Rev. Carol Cruise asked God to choose someone else. He didn't. And so, on Jan. 1, 2002, she took one step forward, one of the many she will need to take to complete her goal of walking around the perimeter of the United States. In December 1992, Cruise's right leg was amputated due to an injury. Doctors performed 15 surgeries trying to save the leg, but eventually there were no other options. The night before the amputation, she prayed. "I told God I wanted to be a better person, not a bitter person," said Cruise, of Canton, Ohio.
Arlan James Stately, Jr., 35, address unknown, was charged Thursday with the alleged assaults that occurred Tuesday evening at Wal-Mart. Stately was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, felony theft, and first-degree criminal damage to property. According to the criminal complaint, Stately attempted to leave Wal-Mart with a shopping cart full of merchandise when the store's security alarms were activated. A Wal-Mart store employee asked to see his receipt, but Stately allegedly ignored him and walked out of the store. The employee followed him, again asking to see his receipt.
The Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board recently gave its OK to the final Menards' plan according to the recommendations from the Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission. "Menards is very excited about the project and becoming part of the community," said Troy Bronk, Menards' attorney. City Planner Curt Oakes said Menards and the city still are finalizing the details of the developer's agreement, but the project has received a green light. While the board gave the project the go-ahead last week, so to speak, Bronk said the project really can't move forward without a signed agreement. "Without
The Beltrami County Attorney's Office is considering charges against a man accused of assaulting two men Tuesday evening at Wal-Mart. He also is suspected of theft and damaging property. He is scheduled to be charged by 11 a.m. today, according to the County Attorney's Office. According to the police report, an assault was reported at 7:28 p.m. Tuesday at Wal-Mart. The incident allegedly began when a man attempted to leave the store and set off the security alarms.
A touching tribute was erected Wednesday in front of Bemidji Fire Hall in honor of the nine firefighters who died battling a blaze Monday in South Carolina. The men who died were fighting a fire at a furniture store warehouse, according to the Associated Press. The AP identified the firefighters as William "Billy" Hutchinson, 48, Mike Benke, 49, Louis Mulkey, 34, Mark Kelsey, 40, Bradford "Brad" Baity, 37, Michael French, 27, James "Earl" Drayton, 56, Brandon Thompson, 27, and Melven Champaign, 46. It was the largest loss of firefighters' lives since the Sept.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Property exchange The council considered trading property. The city would give up Norton Avenue between 23rd Street and Paul Bunyan Drive. Pat DeMarchi, the adjacent property owner on the west, would get the land and the city would retain easements for the utilities in place.
Bemidji city councilors on Monday agreed that they just don't yet know what the future of the regional events center will be. The City Council on Thursday decided to support a $50 million multiuse events center that would house Bemidji State University hockey and about 10,000 square feet of events center space.
The Bemidji City Council will hold a public hearing on the city's capital improvement plan during Monday's meeting. As part of the CIP, the council likely will approve issuing general obligation bonds to fund a portion of the new public works facility. The City Council convenes at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers at Bemidji City Hall, 317 Fourth St. N.W. The City Council on April 30 voted to award the construction contract for the new public works building to Kraus-Anderson.
What can you buy with $50 million? Not as much as you might think. The Bemidji City Council Wednesday night voted to move forward with plans to construct a multiuse regional events center, sans a convention center and a second sheet of practice ice for Bemidji State University hockey. While the plan does not detail a specific blueprint of the building - design plans still need to be developed - it includes an events center that also would serve as a hockey facility and 10,000 square feet of conference space.
The Bemidji City Council Monday night directed staff to consider a 2008 budget utilizing a 9.9 percent levy increase - although councilors would have preferred to consider no increase at all. The city of Bemidji had been earmarked to receive $428,000 in Local Government Aid in 2008, but by vetoing the state tax bill, Gov.