Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council tackled a lengthy agenda Monday, voting on subjects ranging from maintaining infrastructure to supporting private initiatives. Receiving full support from the council was a resolution to provide a certificate of support to officials at the Northern Dental Access Center in Bemidji. The NDAC has filed an application for financial assistance with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program for a parking lot expansion project.
BEMIDJI -- Supporters hoping to restore the historic Carnegie Library were given more time from the Bemidji City Council on Monday. The project to restore the 109-year-old building will now be rebid with the hope costs will be lower than previous figures.
BEMIDJI—A proposed $27 million wellness center and sports complex for Bemidji has been put on hold indefinitely, partly due to a lack of cooperation from the city, organizers said. But the city says they were never really involved in the project from the get-go.
BEMIDJI -- Supporters of an effort to save the historic Carnegie Library in Bemidji now say they want to restore the structure without actually moving it back from the street. That’s the option they plan to present Monday in a likely final proposal to the City Council to save the structure built in 1909.
BEMIDJI -- Construction on a new facility dedicated to treating cancer for Bemidji area patients is on track for completion in late July, with opening date of early September.
BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners received a briefing Tuesday on recent moves at the state Legislature to advance a proposed northwest Minnesota veterans home. Beltrami County officials, along with other regional leaders, have supported the proposed veterans home project for more than a decade. Currently, the project is one of three proposed veterans homes across the state, with the other two suggested for Montevideo and Preston.
BEMIDJI—The state of Minnesota is injecting close to $1 million into the Bemidji community to assist organizations in improving the area's workforce. In late April, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded 57 grants totaling $17.8 million across the state. The funding was provided by way of the state's Pathways to Prosperity Program.
BEMIDJI—With the goal of expanding business capabilities, the Bemidji Regional Airport Authority and Greater Bemidji Economic Development are creating a new group for community members to provide ideas and thoughts on local aviation.
BEMIDJI—Job seekers and business owners were able to connect Thursday and potentially fill open positions thanks to a collaborative hiring event. "Our employers have more than 500 jobs available. Some are seasonal for the summer, and others are long-term with permanent, full-time positions," said Deb Pfaff, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce president. "There are a variety of businesses and agencies hiring now and we're glad to be assisting them."
BEMIDJI—Area residents were able to ask questions and share ideas Tuesday on how the state will manage the deer population over the next decade. The meeting, taking place at Bemidji City Hall, is one of 35 scheduled by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources throughout April for feedback on its deer management plan draft. Before Bemidji, other northwest meetings took place in Fergus Falls, Park Rapids, Red Lake and Crookston.