The Bemidji regional events center is being scaled down. Throughout the past three weeks, the events center design team has developed strategies and approaches to bring the project within budget, according to an update by Leo A. Daly. The architectural firm will present a scaled-down facility to city staff, community representatives and Bemidji City Council members at a special work session from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday at Bemidji City Hall. "They modified the schematic design to try to lower the cost," City Manager John Chattin said.
Brainstorming this week for the future of downtown Bemidji included a pedestrian overpass from the Second Street area to the Lake Bemidji waterfront. The city of Bemidji and RDG Planning & Design of Omaha, Neb., held a series of design workshops during the week at Bemidji City Hall to facilitate a visioning process for the redevelopment of the downtown. The city hired RDG Planning & Design in March to complete a market study and conduct a master planning process that would concentrate on the downtown area and Midway Drive corridor as well as the connection to the south shore. Based on the p
Bemidji Avenue North is scheduled to fully reopen today after a nearly three-month reconstruction project. "Our completion date was Aug. 11 and we're ahead of schedule," said Andy Wagner, project manager for Ulland Brothers Inc., the general contractor for the project. "Everything went really well." If it doesn't rain, Wagner said crews will finish striping Bemidji Avenue North, also known as Paul Bunyan Drive and State Highway 197, this morning.
Fixing an erosion problem at the future site of Pinnacle Village Outlets is complete, developer Harry Takhar said Wednesday night. Takhar had been cited by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the erosion, a condition to which he says has now been complied. "We've done what was required," Takhar said in a telephone interview. "I will call them (MPCA) tomorrow (Thursday) and send them pictures." He suspects an onsite inspection also from Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board officials as well. "Erosion does happen," he said.
The city of Bemidji and RDG Planning & Design of Omaha, Neb., are holding a series of design workshops this week to facilitate a visioning process for the redevelopment of downtown Bemidji. Two workshops were held Tuesday and a third workshop is planned for 6-8 p.m.
One summer day in 1984, about 100 vintage autos mostly dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, rolled onto the old Beltrami County Fairgrounds for the first Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club Car Show. Twenty-five years later, the annual event has grown into a showcase of more than 200 vintage autos, many from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. "It's just a whole different look now," said Dodie Solheim, who is co-chairing the show with her husband, Jerry, and several other club members. On Sunday, the club will hold its silver anniversary show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bemidji High School.
One finding of a deficiency emerged from the audit of the city of Bemidji's financial statements for 2007. "This year, we had a finding in internal control," said Sandy Nelson, a certified public accountant with the Bemidji-based Miller McDonald Inc. On Monday evening, Nelson reviewed the audit with the Bemidji City Council.
The Minnesota Math and Science Teacher Academy locally launched the first of nine teacher centers focused on improving math and science instruction and learning. Assistant Commissioner Karen Klinzing of the Minnesota Department of Education joined area educators Tuesday at Bemidji State University to launch the Thief River Falls-area Teacher Center. "We are very excited," Klinzing said. "This is the first of the nine to start the courses for the summer." According to the MDE, the academy is the result of Gov.
After more than a decade, Don Day is back on the campus of Bemidji State University as the new director of the American Indian Resource Center. "I'm delighted," said Day, who started the position Tuesday. "It's like coming home." Day, who grew up in Walker and is a BSU graduate, worked at the university as the director of Indian Student Services from 1983 to 1997.
With the release of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II scores, area school officials are reviewing the data to assess student proficiency in math and reading. The Bemidji School District outperformed the state in reading, but remained below the state in math, said Kathy Palm, director of curriculum and administrative services for the Bemidji School District. She said 57.76 percent of the school district's students show proficiency in math and 71.6 percent show proficiency in reading.