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Since the 1980s, three secular nonprofits have reached out to help people in poverty needing emergency services. The Bemidji Community Food Shelf opened in 1982, Ours to Serve House of Hospitality began sheltering homeless people in 1985 and the Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen Inc.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will vote on a resolution directed at Gov. Mark Dayton and area legislators during the 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, meeting at the County Administration Building. The resolution would urge the governor and members of both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate to solve their public policy, ideological and financial disagreements and produce a balanced state budget before July 1.
The second phase of the Minnesota Department of Transportation state Highway 197 and U.S. Highway 71 project will get underway Monday, June 20, between Carr Lake Road and Beltrami County Road 2. Project Supervisor Larry Randall said the project is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 2. Josh Weikert, project manager, said traffic will be switched to the east lanes Thursday, June 23. The east half of the Horace May Elementary School parking lot will be removed and turned into a frontage road. At the Cenex and Pete's Place driveways south of U.S.
Bemidji State University members told state officials Wednesday that the 14 percent cuts to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system projected in the budget proposed by Republicans would cause disastrous damage. "I don't think we should be cutting at all," said Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter. "We don't think 6 percent (cuts) is a good thing. We think 6 percent is an acceptable thing given where we are." Morrow was joined in a swing around the MnSCU system Thursday with Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St.
The Republicans and Democratic Farmer-Labor members of the Minnesota House and Senate, along with Gov. Mark Dayton, remain in stand-off mode on the biennium budget. Dayton, backed by the DFLers, insists on adding to the income tax of the richest 2 percent of the state's population in order to raise revenue. The Republicans remain dug in on $34 billion in expenditures and no additional taxes. Without an agreement before July 1, state government will shut down, a state of affairs neither side favors. Sens. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, and John Carlson, R-Bemidji, and Reps.
In 1988, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources launched a ban on winter spearing of northern pike on Cass Lake. The ban was originally set to expire after 10 years, but it remains in force. Last year, a fish and game bill to lift the ban passed the Minnesota House and Senate, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed it. This year, the bills to lift the spearing ban are sponsored by Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, and Sen.
With the state budget deadline for government shut-down looming, Senate and House Republican leadership met with Gov. Mark Dayton Monday to negotiate a compromise. If the governor and state legislature fail to reach agreement in special session by the end of June, there will be a government shutdown and programs such as Bemidji State University summer classes and state highway projects will come to a halt. "Special sessions are not rare; shut-downs are," said House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood. He and Rep.
The Opus Group submitted the only bid package for purchase of the 40 acres of county-owned land on Middle School Road Northwest. Beltrami County Board Chairman Joe Vene opened the sealed envelope during Tuesday's County Board meeting. However, The Open Group paperwork made no mention of a bid, just an expression of interest in continuing the process by submitting the phrase "purchase price to be determined." The Beltrami County Board on May 3 authorized advertising for sale the property, which includes the Bemidji Youth League Baseball and Bemidji Youth Soccer playing fields.
As their photos displayed in rotation on the Sanford Center scoreboard, the 317 graduates of the Bemidji High School Class of 2011 processed to the applause of family, friends and faculty Saturday morning. Bemidji School District Superintendent James Hess greeted the seniors and advised them to network rather rely solely on individuality. "If you build strong relationships based on trust and respect, they will take you far," Hess said. However, he added a warning about being careful about what the students post on the various social network sites. The student speakers were Eugene Strowbrid
The Beltrami County Board on May 3 authorized advertising for sale 40 acres of county-owned land on Middle School Road Northwest. The ad ran May 15, May 22 and May 29 in the Pioneer, and the deadline for submission of bids is 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. Commissioners will open the sealed bids during the regular meeting, which will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the County Administration building, 701 Minnesota Ave.