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 committee raising funds to commission a new Chief Bemidji statue is hoping to meet its goal of $70,000 by the end of the year.
BEMIDJI – Mariah Wolf, the Bemidji High School student who was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo after crashing her car Tuesday morning was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday afternoon. That’s an improvement from Tuesday, when she was listed in guarded condition. According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Wolf was found pinned in the cab of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck just after 7 a.m. Tuesday on Fern Lake Road Southwest. The truck was resting on its side against a tree.
BEMIDJI – A Bemidji High School student was airlifted to the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D. after crashing her car on the way to class Tuesday morning. The student, Mariah Wolf, was listed in guarded condition Tuesday afternoon, which means she’s conscious, her vital signs are stable and her indicators are favorable, said hospital spokesman Darren Huber.
NORTHERN TOWNSHIP – The town board on Monday passed the latest reassessments for the utility project on Birchmont Drive.
BEMIDJI – A district court judge dismissed claims from 13 landlords who argued the city owed them reimbursements following a recent change in the rental ordinance.
BEMIDJI – Bemidji is often referred to as a regional center. The Sanford Medical Center, Bemidji State University and the various county and federal agencies downtown act as large employers and contribute to the city’s sense of being a cultural and political focal point of the region. But there’s one thing they don’t offer the city: property tax revenues. “It’s … good news, bad news,” said John Hagen, director of the property tax division at the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
BEMIDJI – The attorney representing property owners in the Birchmont Drive assessments saga is raising questions about whether a planned closed-door meeting violates state open meeting laws. The city of Bemidji and Northern Township are holding a closed meeting Monday to discuss “threatened or pending litigation” involving the assessments.
BEMIDJI – VenuWorks and Bemidji State University have agreed on a new system for selling advertising in the Sanford Center. Under the agreement discussed Monday during a Sanford Center Advisory Board meeting, the director of sales and marketing for the Sanford Center, currently Cyrus Pansch, will take the lead in managing most advertising inventory for BSU athletics at the arena and elsewhere.
KELLIHER – A Beltrami County man was airlifted to a hospital after his arm was caught in an auger at Hedblad Saw Mill Tuesday. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an accident involving an auger just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. The man was freed from the auger and given first aid before authorities arrived, according to the release.
BEMIDJI – The public hearing on a 1 percent increase in gas and electric franchise fees went by Monday without any, well, electricity. No resident spoke for or against the increase during the city council’s regular meeting. But both Councilor Jim Thompson and City Manager John Chattin shared stories of people who called to voice their opposition to the increase to 4.5 percent of monthly gross revenues.