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 - After months of waiting, a proposed hotel attached to the Sanford Center appeared to clear one last hurdle this week. Councilors agreed to give developers of the Country Inn & Suites, Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties International, 90 days to secure their finances for the $16 million project during an April 16 meeting in exchange for $50,000. Tripp Snyder, Bay Ridge chief executive officer, said after that meeting he was "100 percent" sure they'd meet the deadline. And up until Friday afternoon, it wasn't clear whether or not that would be the case.
BEMIDJI — A 63-year-old Laporte man died after a rollover crash Thursday night in Hubbard County. Ronald C. Muller was driving a 2006 Cadillac DTS north on Hubbard County Road 45, along the State Highway 200 detour. The car left the road, struck several trees and rolled, ejecting Muller, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The incident was reported just after 11 p.m. Thursday. Muller was the sole occupant of the vehicle, according to State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow.
BEMIDJI -- The removal of three large trees, a side effect of the adjacent renovation to Bemidji State University's Chet Anderson Stadium, drew ire this week from those who wanted to preserve the pines. But by Thursday afternoon, little more than a few stumps, limbs and branches remained sitting on the field.
BEMIDJI -- Demolish, acquire, build. Those are three seemingly simple steps that a new program will follow in order to provide homes to low-income families in Bemidji. The Headwaters Regional Development Commission is launching a new program in which it provides funds to demolish vacant dilapidated homes. Northwoods Habitat for Humanity will then buy the vacant lot to build a new home.
BEMIDJI -- Despite recent health issues that included a stroke three years ago, Jim Miller never stopped doing what he loved. That was evident this past Easter, when he joined friends and family in playing a few songs on his guitar. "He wasn't feeling very well but we put a guitar in his hands and we ended up playing a couple tunes," said his wife Kristi Miller. "It was really fun." On Saturday, the local singer and songwriter known for his roles in the local bands Known Only Locally and Blew Munday passed away at the age of 66.
BEMIDJI -- Despite concerns from some the community would lose a tree older than the college campus it sits on, a Bemidji State University representative said the tree must come down in order to complete improvements to its football field. Three trees sit on the west end of the Chet Anderson Stadium, where crews now are replacing the natural grass with a synthetic turf. One of the trees is more than 100-years-old, said Caitlyn Schuchhardt as she sat under the large white pine Tuesday. An online petition to save the trees had almost 100 signatures by Tuesday evening.
BEMIDJI -- Nevermind. The Bemidji City Council had planned to meet with representatives of Northern and Bemidji townships behind closed doors Wednesday night to discuss a mediation agreement that would release Bemidji Township from the three governments' annexation pact. But on Tuesday, Northern Township Board chairman Mike Kelly said they have requested they instead have an open meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Northern Town Hall.
BEMIDJI -- A busy intersection on the north side of town will be closed today for crews to install a culvert. The intersection of Anne Street Northwest and Bemidji Avenue North will be closed, according to an email from Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Beryl Wernberg. Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route and avoid the area.
BEMIDJI -- It appears representatives from the city of Bemidji and the two townships involved in an annexation agreement will meet Wednesday night. But what specifically will be discussed remains unclear, and likely will remain that way for those standing outside of the closed-door meeting. "There's no agenda that I've seen," Mayor Rita Albrecht said during a Monday night work session.
BEMIDJI — This year has been a busy one for the city’s south shore redevelopment project. Already, city councilors have agreed to sell land for townhomes and a high-end apartment building in the area near the three-year-old Sanford Center. But at the same time, they’ve sold that property for less than they once thought they could get. City officials originally anticipated receiving $350,000 per acre for the 2.67 acre lot where the apartments are slated to be built.