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 long-term effects of the settlement between the city of Bemidji and Bemidji Township have yet to be seen. But it’s already having an impact on the governing body that makes planning and zoning decisions for three local governments. John Steffenhagen, the Edina-based attorney for Bemidji Township, said township board members aren’t participating on the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, where they have two seats.
BEMIDJI — Northern Township board supervisors want to talk to their joint planning partners. Board supervisors asked their legal counsel Jason Kuboushek about the ramifications of the city and Bemidji Township’s mediated settlement agreement, and their options going forward, during a work session Monday night. The mediated agreement allows Bemidji Township to leave the annexation and joint powers agreements the three governmental bodies adopted in 2004. While the settlement itself has been approved by the city and Bemidji Township, Northern Township still would have to approve ame
BEMIDJI —A new apartment building is slated for the city’s south shore. A Grand Forks, N.D., developer will pay the city of Bemidji about $350,000 for a piece of land near the Sanford Center, contingent on the signing of a negotiated purchase and development agreements. Representatives of Northridge Hospitality Management came before the Bemidji Economic Development Authority on Monday night with their proposal. They anticipate constructing a four-story building with 50 to 60 units, mixing efficiency, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units.
BEMIDJI-- A new apartment building is slated for the city’s south shore. A Grand Forks, N.D. developer will pay about $350,000 for a piece of land near the Sanford Center, contingent on the signing of a negotiated purchase and developers agreement. Representatives of Northridge Hospitality Management, based in Grand Forks, N.D., came before the Bemidji Economic Development Authority Monday night with their proposal.
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.