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When Mayor Richard Lehmann opens the events center forum Wednesday evening, representatives of Bemidji Cares will be among those voicing opinions and offering input. The forum will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Bemidji City Hall. Wednesday's town hall forum is one of a series of public input meetings to discuss the events center plans and the Nov. 7 ballot referendum, which will ask Bemidji voters for approval to extend the half-cent city sales tax to pay for construction of the events center. A half-cent sales tax went into effect Jan.
My husband, Doug, and I are relative newcomers to northern Minnesota. I didn't even know how to pronounce Bemidji until about seven years ago. So, the Pioneer's "Looking Back" books have provided me with a peek into the evolution of the city and the Bemidji area. Two years ago, the Pioneer published a pictorial history of the early years of settlement, 1895-1940.
Global warming may seem to have too much momentum for reversal. Not so, say Will Steger, polar explorer and eye witness to global warming, and J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director for Fresh Energy, an organization advocating transition to a clean energy system.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Infrastructure grant The council held a public hearing and considered a resolution on an application for a Minnesota Investment Fund Grant for the city to provide infrastructure to the new North Central Door factory currently under construction in the Bemidji Industrial Park. ACTION: Unanimous approval to adopt the resolution. Special use amendment The council considered a special use permit amendment for TrekNorth High School to expand from grades 9-12 to 7-12 as recommended by the Bemidji Planning Commission. ACTION
The Bemidji Sculpture Walk could come under the jurisdiction of the city Parks and Recreation Department in the near future. During the Monday City Council meeting, members of the Sculpture Walk Committee requested the change in jurisdiction. City Council members agreed to consider the request and discuss it with the Parks and Rec Commission. The Bemidji Sculpture Walk, which has expanded to also feature murals, was first organized in 1998 by Cate Belleveau and friends. The walk includes new pieces installed annually, on loan from artists.
From 9-year-old Tony's passion for baseball to Grandfather I. Doyle's love song celebrating 40 years with his wife, Mary, many aspects of life wind through the melodies of "Waiting On Sundown," a new CD produced by the Turner family. "It was really cool hearing things fall into place," said Steve Turner of the production by Bemidji Music Center. The center's Kirk Christman helped Tony; his parents, Doyle and Molly; uncle, Steve, and grandfather, I. Doyle, mix the sounds of the 10 original songs. Many of the songs developed from stories the family shared.
Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann said the Bemidji City Council has tentatively narrowed the field of candidates for the city manager's position to two, although "nobody has definitively been ruled out." He said he expects the City Council to make the final decision on Monday and declined to name the top finalists. The City Council met with and interviewed the candidates Friday and Saturday. The six finalists are: -- Bruce A. Bonebrake currently runs Bonebrake & Associates, a municipal code consultant business in Oswego, Ill.
Leo A. Daly with Widseth Smith Nolting will be the architect design team for the Bemidji Regional Events Center. The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously Monday night to accept the unanimous recommendation of the nine-member Bemidji Regional Events Center Task Force selection committee. The vote is subject to successful negotiation of a contract and fee amount with the architecture firm and receipt and execution of a contract with the state.
SHEVLIN -- Sometime about 1890, a group of settlers in what was then western Beltrami County built a school for their children. They constructed the building from dovetailed poplar logs and set it up about half a mile east of the Ebro Corner, north of what is now U.S. Highway 2. The one-room school served the neighborhood for a few decades, and then became the Popple Town Hall, said Tamara Edevold, director of the Clearwater County Historical Society.
The Bemidji City Council will consider applying for a grant to help fund Industrial park street, sewer and water projects. The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday in Council Chambers, City Hall, 317 Fourth St. N.W. The grant application for $350,000 the City Council members will consider would be to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for the Business Development Public Infrastructure program.