John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council is poised to approve the 2013 budget and property tax levy during Monday night’s meeting.
BEMIDJI – The finishing touches on the deal for a new hotel attached to the Sanford Center have not yet been finalized. The Bemidji City Council was scheduled to continue a public hearing Monday on the $400,000 contribution to the project from its revolving loan fund. The loan would be for the city-owned connection between the hotel and the Sanford Center. The terms of that loan constituted a business subsidy under city policy and state statute, triggering a public hearing.
A light snow is falling on a recent Saturday, as several families walk down the rows of trees at the Christmas Forest. “We might set a record today,” says John Hurlbert, as he hands out handsaws and helps customers tie down their selected tree to the top of their car.
BEMIDJI – Northwest Minnesota businesses came out of the recession very well, but that momentum may have stalled somewhat since.
BEMIDJI – Emi Totzauer stayed strong until the very end. Despite being told earlier this year that her colon cancer was terminal, Totzauer was determined to beat it. But Totzauer passed away Dec. 5, days after her 37th birthday. “She was just somebody that everybody seemed to like,” said her husband Dwayne. “She had a loving, caring heart for people.” That love throughout the community was evident in the plethora of flowers and gifts that overflowed her room at Sanford Hospital on her birthday, Dec. 1. Dwayne said at least 70 bouquets came in that day alone.
BEMIDJI – Local and state officials met Monday night to discuss the possibility of a fire district in the Bemidji area.
KELLIHER – Authorities are investigating an armed bank robbery that took place here Monday afternoon.
CASS LAKE – A community notification meeting has been scheduled one day before a level 3 predatory offender is scheduled to be released into rural Ten Lake Township. Gerald Lee Jones, 29, is being released into the area Dec. 18. According to a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office press release, he has a history of engaging in sexual contact with an adult female against her will. His address is listed as the 1100 block of Quill Lane Southeast in rural Cass Lake, according to the press release. Jones isn’t wanted by the police and has served his court sentence.
BEMIDJI – City officials are seeking public input on the future of Algoma Park.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce doesn’t support a hospitality tax at this time, the organization’s president Lori Paris said Wednesday.