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BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemidji has hundreds of thousands of dollars in un-earmarked money. Emerging from 2013, the city's general fund has a surplus of $270,114, city finance director Ron Eischens told City Council members at a budget work session Monday. The council voted unanimously Monday to follow the finance department's recommendations and divvy up most of the surplus. About half went back into the city's general fund, per city policy.
BEMIDJI -- The months-long process of replacing former Bemidji Regional Airport director Harold Van Leeuwen came to an end Wednesday. Karen Weller, who was serving as interim director, was chosen to hold the position permanently at the Airport Authority Board meeting. Van Leeuwen stepped down in December to take a consulting job in Tennessee. "It's exciting, very exciting," Weller said Thursday.
BEMIDJI -- In a response to a lack of skilled workers in Bemidji, local businesses are acting with the local Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Technical College Foundation to give new money for training more people from Bemidji to work in the automotive and construction industries. The "Trade Up at Northwest Technical College Scholarship" will give $1,000 scholarships to 10 youth from Bemidji high schools to help them learn a trade at NTC, officials announced Friday. Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce President Lori Paris said the concern voiced by member businesses has started to adopt a
BEMIDJI -- The annexation lawsuit between Bemidji Township and the City of Bemidji, ongoing since 2012, was thrown out of court Thursday. Ninth District Court Judge Paul T. Benshoof ruled in favor of the city and ordered the lawsuit be dismissed with prejudice, essentially preventing it from being filed again.
BEMIDJI — The city selected from competing building contractors and design firms to award bids for several high-dollar road and infrastructure construction projects at Monday’s City Council meeting. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of aid money and tax revenue will be spent on projects that include utilities improvements to Lake Avenue, Irvine Avenue and Thirtieth Street.
BEMIDJI -- About 200 people came out Saturday morning to run in the 2014 Shamrock Shuffle 5K/10K Run/Walk in downtown Bemidji. The race began and ended at City Hall downtown. Shamrock shuffler Nancy Buckentin, who's participated every year since the inaugural race, explained that although she's not Irish, she does it simply because it's "something to do." Here’s a look at some of the top finishers, with name, age and time: 10K
BEMIDJI -- Musician and filmmaker Gary Burger of Turtle River died early Friday, family and friends said. He was 70. A multifaceted artist, Burger achieved international fame as lead singer and guitarist for The Monks, a prototype punk band that gained prominence in the mid 1960s and opened for artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Troggs and The Kinks.
BEMIDJI — Opposition from local officials and state legislators has snuffed out a plan to fund the proposed Bemidji Area Fire Department through charging a fire protection fee, at least for the time being. During a Feb.
BEMIDJI-- In winter in Minnesota, if you want to bring people together, you hold an ice fishing tournament.
BEMIDJI -- About 50 households have reported frozen pipes so far this winter to the city as unusual cold extends deeper in the ground, Todd Anderson, Bemidji water and sewer superintendent, said Monday. Although above-freezing temperatures are predicted for part of next week, the air temperature isn’t going to have much effect on the frost in the ground, he said. “It can be 40 degrees tomorrow and the frost is still going to go down in the ground more,” Anderson said.