A visioning process for redeveloping downtown Bemidji and beyond continued this week with ideas ranging from having a pier at the waterfront to building a parking garage. Marty Shukert and Cory Scott of RDG Planning and Design returned to Bemidji this week to continue working on designs for the community. The city hired the firm from Omaha, Neb., to prepare a market study and draft a redevelopment plan for the downtown, Midway Drive corridor and south Lake Bemidji areas. On Wednesday morning, Shukert and Scott met with members of the Downtown Development Authority to share some of the emerg
After much debate, the Bemidji City Council will pursue a contract with Leo A. Daly for professional services for the Bemidji Regional Events Center. The council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to authorize a contract with the architectural firm for professional services. Voting in favor were Mayor Richard Lehmann and Councilors Jerry Downs, Ron Johnson and Onen Markeson. Voting in opposition were Councilors Nancy Erickson, Roger Hellquist and Barbara Meuers. Leo A. Daly proposed providing professional services for the project with fees totaling about $5.09 million.
A little more than three years ago, Ron and Nancy Gladen's granddaughter received diagnosis of a brain tumor. At the wish of their granddaughter, the Bemidji couple escorted her to Disney World in Florida compliments of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Inspired by the experience, the Gladens, whose granddaughter, Michaela Hanson of Avon, Minn., is now 12 and cancer free, decided to become volunteers with Make-A-Wish. "We are just privileged to be able to do this," Ron said. About every five weeks, a wish is granted in the Bemidji area through Make-A-Wish, Ron said.
One of several balloons attached to a new Polaris Ranger off-highway vehicle captured the occasion with the words, "It's your day. Celebrate." In the passenger seat was Sarah Taylor, and it was her day.
Bound by levy limits for the next three years, the Bemidji City Council has directed city staff to explore a way to use bonding to address deteriorating street conditions in the city. The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously Monday night to give city staff permission to prepare a plan for the city to issue general obligation bonds to pay for street projects. City Finance Director Ron Eischens, who outlined the city's proposed 2009 budget at a council work session Monday night, said significant spending requests were deferred or eliminated while shaping the proposed budget, including $700,0
Concordia Language Villages began as the dream of Gerry Haukebo. On Friday, Haukebo returned to the language and cultural immersion program he founded nearly 50 years ago. "It's a thrill to be here," he said while attending Concordia Language Villages' International Day.
Though far away from the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Kiyo Akasaka found delegations representing different countries discussing global issues near Bemidji. On Friday, Akasaka, under-secretary-general for communications and public information for the United Nations, attended Concordia Language Villages' International Day. Twice each summer, Concordia Language Villages holds International Day for villagers and the public at its Turtle River Lake site.
A project to expand the Bemidji Industrial Park took a step forward this week as did two projects to develop two trails in Bemidji. On Monday night, the Bemidji City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution accepting a bid of about $2.05 million by Arcon Construction of Harris, Minn., and awarding a contract to the construction company for the Bemidji Industrial Park expansion project. The council also unanimously approved resolutions accepting a bid and awarding a contract for the construction of the Midway East/West Railroad Trail and authorizing City Engineer Craig Gray to enter
The Bemidji City Council narrowly accepted the state Legislature's permission to extend the city's half-cent sales and use tax for the Bemidji regional events center. The council voted 4-3 Monday night to adopt a resolution approving the special legislation authorizing the sales and use tax extension. Mayor Richard Lehmann and councilors Jerry Downs, Ron Johnson and Onen Markeson voted in favor of the resolution.
The Bemidji City Council has cleared the way for two Sept. 5 outdoor events designed to benefit two nonprofit groups. On Monday night, the council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution approving a temporary off-premises liquor permit for an outdoor festival at Corner Bar.