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 — An illegal burning of one homeowner’s allergy irritants covering his lawn resulted in his neighbor’s garage catching fire Sunday evening. Bemidji firefighters were called to the 7700 block of Hunter Drive Northeast, on the north side of Lake Bemidji, at 5:33 p.m. Sunday for a grass fire.
BEMIDJI — A proposal to for an apartment building on the city’s south shore will be considered Monday by Bemidji city councilors. The Bemidji Economic Development Authority, which is made up of city councilors, will hear from the Headwaters Regional Development Commission’s development director Aaron Chirpich. He previously described the apartment as "high-end." After the proposal is presented, the meeting will be closed to discuss potential land sale offers. During the regular city council meeting at 7 p.m.
BEMIDJI — Growing up in Bemidji, Courtney Aitken Gifford made a lot of memories in the city’s parks and on its playgrounds. She wants kids today, no matter their physical abilities, to be able to have that same chance. She and several other locals are launching a fundraising campaign today to build an inclusive playground at Paul Bunyan Park. That playground will be specially designed so kids with disabilities, as well as able-bodied kids, can access the equipment. That will mean a hefty price tag, however.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was sentenced Thursday for assaulting a woman with a shotgun. Brian Gordon Graves, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank to 21 months in federal prison on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of domestic assault by a habitual offender, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He was convicted Jan. 31.
Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls: Theft 7:06 a.m. Thursday, 1200 block of Fourth Street Southeast. A subwoofer was taken from a vehicle. Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls: Burglary
BEMIDJI — Construction on a Habitat for Humanity house on Gemmell Avenue Southwest will begin soon. Northwoods Habitat for Humanity cleared a final hurdle Wednesday night when the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board unanimously approved several variances allowing them to build on a vacant substandard lot. Gemmell Avenue is located on the northeast side of Lake Irving. Habitat requested variances to build a small two-bedroom home on almost a 6,000 square foot parcel, less than half of the 15,000 square feet normally required in that residential zone.
BEMIDJI — A Bemidji non-profit is seeking the court’s opinion on its permit request to a local township board. Restore House Inc., a state-licensed chemical dependency treatment home, was denied a conditional use permit in March by the Helga Township board.
BEMIDJI — The city’s charter commission wants to change the procedure for filling vacancies on the Bemidji City Council. The commission discussed amending the charter to trigger a special election if a council vacancy is declared 181 days or more before a general election.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji Township voted unanimously to approve a mediated settlement agreement with the city of Bemidji Tuesday night. The settlement agreement allows the township to leave the orderly annexation and joint powers agreements that it, along with the city and Northern Township, adopted in 2004. The mediation is contingent on approval by the Bemidji City Council and the Bemidji Township Board.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was indicted in federal court Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in May. Avery Wade Schoenborn, 24, allegedly “engaged in a sexual act with the victim, who was incapable of declining participation in the act,” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The May 7 incident took place on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. If convicted, Schoenborn could spend the rest of his life in prison.