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 – 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.
BEMIDJI – Two area legislators will lead Senate committees in the upcoming legislative session.
BEMIDJI – The Sanford Center could have a new executive director next week.
BEMIDJI – Minnesota is making progress toward its broadband access goals, but a new study suggests Internet speed could be an issue in rural areas of the state in the future.
BEMIDJI – The City Council will continue discussion on outdoor music coming from the Blue Ox Bar and Grill that has drawn complaints from area residents. The council voted during a work session Tuesday night to refer the issue to the Public Affairs Committee for a meeting possibly in February. That decision came after lengthy discussion on how to regulate music on the bar’s patio during the summer months.