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BEMIDJI-- If there is a bright side to the bitterly cold weather this week in Bemidji, it is green in color. Auto mechanics, towing services and plumbers all saw a boost in business as they fielded call after call to deal with dead batteries and frozen pipes. AAA set a new record for daily service calls in Minnesota on Monday with 3,000 motorists seeking help during the frigid weather, a spokesperson said Tuesday.
BEMIDJI -- The recently opened Buffalo Wild Wings has created a wild west of a parking situation, according to city officials. Craig Gray, public works director, said the city has received “a number of complaints” from residents of nearby 24th Street about restaurant patrons blocking driveways and mailboxes with vehicles. Residents have also complained of people using private driveways to turn around.
BEMIDJI — In Minnesota, some cities may as well count off dollars as well as inches when it snows. The city of Duluth’s snow removal costs may end up being as much as $1 million over budget by year’s end.
BEMIDJI --- Representatives of the city of Bemidji as well as from Bemidji and Northern Townships met Monday at Bemidji Town Hall in Bemidji Township to talk about joint planning and annexation, but the discussion quickly devolved into an argument.
BEMIDJI -- Myron Frans, Minnesota’s revenue commissioner, stopped in Bemidji on Monday to showcase the city and Beltrami County as examples of “rebuilding the partnership” between state and local government. Alongside Mayor Rita Albrecht, Frans emphasized how the increase in state money toward Bemidji had helped the city avoid any increase in its property tax levy for 2014. About one in three Minnesota cities plan to have no increase in their property tax levies or have reduced them for 2014, according to data from the state Department of Revenue.
BEMIDJI — The ongoing conflict over annexation between the city of Bemidji and Bemidji Township is going to go on a little bit longer. Arbitrator David Meyers issued a ruling Thursday in an effort to resolve whether a May 31 mediation agreement between the city and township was valid. Meyers ruled all of the mediation agreement to be “in full force and effect” with the exception of the provision that would release Bemidji Township from the annexation agreement and joint powers agreement it signed in 2004 with the city and Northern Township. However, the two sides took away vastly
BEMIDJI — An expansion of the city’s ordinance regulating the sale of tobacco to include e-cigarettes had its first public trial by fire Monday before the Bemidji City Council.
BEMIDJI — Vandals again have targeted the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.
BEMIDJI — A bill to allow regular bus service in Bemidji may soon be in the works at the state Capitol. Bemidji city officials discussed the possibility of the state allowing regular bus service at a transportation forum with Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, chair of the House Transportation Finance Committee, and Reps. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji and Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette.