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The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted 5-1 to contribute an additional $36,000 toward the expansion of a water basin in the Tyler Estates development.
New signs at Diamond Point Park will explain the history of the region and the park. The Bemidji City Council on Monday approved the purchase and installation of 19 interpretive signs to be placed throughout the park. Seven signs will be situated at the main park building, six along the walkway, and three at the Outdoor Program Center. Fossil Graphics will make the signs at a cost of $13,681 and Gordon Construction will provide hardware and labor at a lost of $1,654.
The Lake Bemidji waterfront offers a view of the lake, a sloping hill, a fishing pier - and the opportunity to see geese and their droppings.
The final leg of Debra Davis' journey into public life happened in the spring of 1998. As a high school librarian, she left work one Friday as a man and returned the following week as herself, a woman. "The man (was) never to be seen again - if he ever existed," Davis said. Davis, a librarian at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, is transgender male to female, which means she was born a male but identifies herself as female.
The city of Bemidji has learned that it will receive $1.2 million to expand its industrial park by about 68 acres. The money, in the form of a federal grant, will go to the city of Bemidji and the Bemidji Development Corporation, which owns the land. "It's a big deal," said Charlie Naylor, the president of Bemidji Development Corporation.
Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, acknowledged on Tuesday that the lack of a regional events center in northern Minnesota could work to Bemidji's advantage. Hausman, the chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, was in town along with other committee members as they reviewed Bemidji's regional events center proposal.
Every year the Blandin Foundation board of trustees visits a different part of Minnesota for the annual retreat. Thanks to board member Jim Bensen, former Bemidji State University president and "Bemidji Leads!" chair, the Blandin Foundation came to Bemidji this week for its first time. The Blandin Foundation's mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota.
Nancy Erickson's patience is running out. "I'm losing my zest here," City Councilor Erickson said during Monday's meeting. The Bemidji City Council for weeks has been told to expect, at the least, a statement from Bemidji State University President Jon Quistgaard regarding BSU's intentions concerning the proposed Bemidji events center before legislators visit the city to consider its bonding request. Members of the Capital Investment Finance committee in the House of Representatives arrive this afternoon to hear Bemidji's proposal and tour the site of the proposed facility. And Quistgaard
The Bemidji City Council on Monday again will discuss the events center. During each regular council meeting the council receives updates from the Headwaters Regional Development Commission on its work regarding the events center. Additionally on Monday, the City Council is expected to name a committee that will meet with Bemidji State University regarding negotiations. The City Council is currently supporting a $50 million facility, which would include an events center that also would house BSU hockey.
While driving along Becida Road, you're in Schmitt territory. John and Christine Schmitt came to the area in the late 1800s. They purchased 137 acres of land and homesteaded in 1898. Their grandson, Charles Schmitt Jr., said it was quite possibly the first farm on the Mississippi. Not only is the house still standing, but it still is being lived in - now by John and Christine's great-great-great--grandson Ryan Martin, whose two children represent the sixth generation to use the home. John and Christine were German, but they met in Wahpeton, N.D., after coming over separately from Europe.