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 – City officials held a forum Tuesday night to hear feedback from residents about the parking situation near Bemidji State University. But no citizens came to voice their opinion.
BEMIDJI – The Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday affirmed the conviction of a man who claimed a police informant enticed him with sex in order to buy drugs.
BEMIDJI – Small craft breweries have been on the rise in Minnesota in recent years, a wave of popularity that has recently reached the shores of Lake Bemidji. Bemidji Brewing Co. started selling its beer at Brigid’s Irish Pub in the last few weeks, a milestone that was years in the making. The brewery’s three members have seen what craft beer scenes in other states have to offer, and what Minnesota could look like in the future.
BEMIDJI – The hiring of Curtis Webb as the new Sanford Center executive director was years in the making. Webb, who was named to the top job at the two-year old facility Monday, previously worked for Global Spectrum Facility Management. That company competed for the contract to run the Sanford Center before it opened in 2010. Webb became familiar with the area and may have become the center’s director had Global Spectrum won the contract. But ultimately VenuWorks won out. Come Jan. 2, however, VenuWorks will be Webb’s new employer as he leads the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI – A deal to construct a Country Inn and Suites next to the Sanford Center could be finalized soon.
BEMIDJI – The Sanford Center will have a new executive director at the beginning of the year. The Sanford Center Advisory Board recommended Curtis L. Webb for the position Monday morning. The Bemidji City Council then approved the recommendation Monday night. Webb is currently the general manager at Ralston Arena in Ralston, Neb. That facility, which opened last month and is home to the United States Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers, is similar in size to the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council will discuss a proposal from area residents for a solar-powered lighted crossing sign and marked crosswalk at the intersection of 15th Street and Minnesota Avenue. The intersection is a busy one for kids who go to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area or youth football practice, according to a letter submitted to the city council.
BEMIDJI – The July 2 windstorm that devastated the Bemidji area happened months ago, but public safety officials say its effects could be felt in the future. The storm produced wind speeds of about 80 mph, damaging or knocking down thousands of trees in the region. While some of the downed trees have been cleaned up, there are still some damaged trees standing. That’s a concern this winter, when wind and snow could cause braches and trees to fall on power lines, said Chris Muller, assistant emergency management director at the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.
BEMIDJI – Area business, education and government leaders met Friday morning to discuss their priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
BEMIDJI – Hundreds of job-seekers filled the George W. Neilson Convention Center at the Sanford Center Thursday night for the Bemidji Regional Job Fair.