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 city’s budget was the topic of discussion at the city council meeting Monday night.
BEMIDJI – As one holiday ends, the preparation for another has begun. A week after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and perhaps before all the leftovers could be polished off, area residents have been out picking out their Christmas trees.
GRANT VALLEY TOWNSHIP – A house fire caused more than $24,000 worth of damage Sunday afternoon, but no injuries were reported.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council will hold its truth-in-taxation hearing Monday night during its regular meeting. Residents are invited to the public hearing to express opinions on the city’s budget and property taxes. The meeting comes two weeks before the council is scheduled to adopt its final budget and property tax levy for 2013.
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.