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A melody of moos, neighs and cock-a-doodle-doos rang out from the barns at the Beltrami County Fair as multitudes of animals arrived Thursday. "Today is entry day for the livestock," Vern Holzhueter of Bemidji said Thursday while working in the poultry barn. Holzhueter, who is the poultry barn superintendent and a Beltrami County Fair board member, said the animal judging began Thursday with goats, rabbits and pigs.
With a desire to strengthen their classrooms at Bemidji Middle School, Doug Johnson, Matt Menne and Mark Studer made a commitment. The three teachers, who are part of the school's Sigma Pod, decided to sign up together for the "Developmental Designs for Middle School" workshop offered this week at BMS. The workshop is part of a weeklong summer institute at the school for elementary and middle-school teachers.
Set your marks, the third annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival is ready to set sail. The festival begins today. Team practices will run from 5-9 p.m., a food court will be open from 5-10 p.m. and a beverage and entertainment tent will be open from 5-11 p.m.
The Rako Street neighborhood in Bemidji may expand. The Bemidji City Council met Monday night with Tim Flathers of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission to discuss a potential partnership between the two entities to create a mixed-income residential subdivision on 13 acres owned by the city. The council voted 5-2 Monday night to direct city staff to work with the Headwaters Housing Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the HRDC, to develop a concept for the project for the council's consideration prior to Aug.
Twenty-five years ago, Blackduck woodcarver Jim Schram and a few of his students carved up a new tradition - the Blackduck Woodcarvers Festival. The festival celebrated 25 years Saturday with about 50 woodcarvers from across Minnesota and Iowa displaying, demonstrating and selling their handiwork, including Schram. Across the street from the festival, Blackduck Community Education held its annual craft fair, which started 16-17 years ago.
The Bemidji City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the conference room at Bemidji City Hall, 317 Fourth St. N.W. The council will consider an interim site development contract with Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates Inc. for site work design services for the south shore development. The council will also discuss the potential of the city developing a partnership with Headwaters Housing Development Corp. to create a mixed-income residential neighborhood along Rako Street.
The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously this week to approve a lease agreement allowing T-Mobile to lease space on the city's 15th Street water tower to locate wireless antennae equipment for delivery of wireless telephone and related services in the Bemidji area. According to a memo to the council, the city currently has three existing wireless/telecommunication lessees or users on the tower.
The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a resolution authorizing a controlled deer harvest this year in Ward 5. According to the resolution, the current deer population density in Ward 5 is about 45 deer per square mile. The city's Deer Management Plan, adopted in August 2004, calls for a reduction of the herd to a "reasonable carrying capacity of 15-25 individual animals per square mile." The plan found that Ward 5 residents have experienced substantial property damage and loss, due both to car-deer collisions and the destruction of trees and landscaping vegetation.
The Bemidji City Council has approved a liquor license for the new Sparkling Waters. On Monday, the council voted unanimously to approve the license requested by Doug and Reva Howe for the restaurant being constructed at 824 Paul Bunyan Drive S., the location of the former Bonanza.
Several businesses around Bemidji were burglarized with pizza, candy and beverages among the items stolen, according to reports made Tuesday to the Bemidji Police Department. An owner of UpNorth Mississippi Landing LLC reported to police at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday that the marina was burglarized between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The marina is on the 300 block of Railroad Street Southwest. The owner said he discovered some boats in the slips were entered, according to the report. He said a boat belonging to him was damaged and items were taken from it.