Doesn't this seem like déjà vu? The Bemidji City Council Monday voted to create a committee to examine and suggest changes to the city's rental ordinance. The committee was named after more than 30 landlords, tenants and real estate agents objected to newly proposed rental rules, which would have increased the frequency and cost of rental inspections as well as implemented a $1,000 conversion fee to change a home from owner-occupied to a rental property. The committee will be composed of three city councilors, three landlords, three tenants and the city's building inspector, building offici
Cheer: Bemidji grads celebrate success Congratulations to the 317 Bemidji High School graduates. The first class to celebrate commencement at the Sanford Center processed Saturday to the traditional strains of Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March." The amazing statistic about the class is the $1.5 million the members collectively earned in scholarships. Cheer: 'Town of Titles' Some of the names Bemidji has adopted are a little quirky, but all of them are fun.
Bemidji area residents will have a notable chance this summer to significantly contribute to cancer research. We're acquainted with the annual Relay For Life fundraiser that seeks financial donations and pledges to the American Cancer Society and the organization's research funding. This year, the American Cancer Society will partner with the Beltrami County Relay For Life July 23 to enroll as many people as possible in a long-term Cancer Prevention Study-3. Previous studies have proven the link between cigarette smoking, and later, second-hand smoke to cancer.
Cheer: Celebration of excellence The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce recognized businesses and individuals that have enhanced the community during the seventh annual Awards of Excellence ceremony last Thursday. Kirk Malkowski is Ambassador of the Year, and MedSave Family Pharmacy, Northwoods Landscaping and Recreation, Urban Essence and SevenDays Design were honored for entrepreneurship and healthy workplaces. In addition, the Chamber honored 21 businesses and their employees for giving at least 2 percent of their pre-tax earnings to charity.
Every 10 years when the results of the U.S. Census come around, congressional and legislative districts have to be redrawn to more or less balance the population in each district. About 650,000 people live in each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts. That means urban and suburban districts will be geographically tiny in comparison to the vast rural districts with sparse populations. Traditionally, the redistricting process has turned up political heat as politicians hope to give one party or the other some kind of advantage.
Cheer: Area graduates looking forward Graduation from college is both a jumping off point and a time to take a deep breath and consider options. As a three-college town, Bemidji always celebrates graduations in a big way. With Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College and Oak Hills Christian College, the weekend was a gala time.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to hold loggers to their word. A few loggers in Beltrami County couldn't fulfill their contract obligations because the early snows and heavy cover during the 2010-2011 winter prevented the ground from freezing adequately to support the massive machinery needed for harvesting timber.
Cheer: A masterful performance A fitting end to the Legacy Destination Weekend was heard and appreciated by people who came from Bemidji and environs Sunday when the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, the Bemidji Chorale, the Bemidji Choir (Bemidji State University), soloists, actors from Theatre B from Fargo and survivors from Terezin told the story of Rafael (Rafe) Schaechter in "The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin." Cheers to BSO?Music Director Beverly Everett for spearheading the effort to bring Murry Sidlin's production to Bemidji, and to the event's sponsors: the Neilson Foundation, Region 2
The Bemidji School Board's resounding "Yes" Monday to the Students First Initiative pilot project proposal sets in motion a bold new experiment in guiding youngsters to meet their potential and develop into competent adults. Students First, which is set to begin this summer, puts the Bemidji School District in the forefront of meeting students' needs in many dimensions - academically, socially, emotionally and personally. Originating with "Bemidji Leads!" and facilitated by Beltrami Area Service Collaborative and Headwaters Regional Development Commission, the Students First Initiative will
Cheer: Pen pal project links generations Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, 60 students at Northern Elementary School have honed their skills by writing letters to senior citizens, who, of course, write back. This exchange is a delight for both elder and younger folks. Everyone likes to receive mail. Some have expressed concern than in this age of texting, Twitter and Facebook, actually writing by hand thoughtful messages is a lost art.