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BEMIDJI — Cattails Bar & Grill sustained more than $30,000 in damage from a kitchen fire reported Sunday morning. The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the popular bar and restaurant just after 7:30 a.m. Employees detected a fire in a broiler, and when firefighters arrived on seen, smoke was exiting the building, with the fire spreading to the roof. Firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the fire, according to a press release from the department.
BEMIDJI — Things are about to get a lot more exciting at Bemidji Regional Airport as passerby might soon see lifesaving medi-vac helicopter flights taking off and classic World War II-era turboprops roaring in for repairs. Construction of a new hangar that will house Aircorps Aviation is currently under way, with plans for another hangar to house the Bemidji wing of Sanford AirMed to begin construction in the next several weeks. Bemidji Airport Authority Chairman Marshall Froyd was confident the airport’s growth would add some zest to Bemidji’s economy. "The airport right no
BEMIDJI — Julianne Ortman and Jim Abeler, GOP candidates aiming to grab Al Franken’s U. S. Senate seat were both wooing supporters Saturday night at the Beltrami County Republicans’ annual banquet. Ortman was accompanied by former Michelle Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish, who confirmed he is now Ortman’s campaign manager. As Minnesota Public Radio reported in April, Parrish described in a legal affidavit how Bachmann approved payments her campaign gave to Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson, who was later made the subject of an ethics probe.
BEMIDJI — Pine trees have been sprouting on Beltrami Avenue, but they’re a bit more durable than the kind of saplings you worry about deer nibbling as a snack. The curious new objects taking root are actually green, tree-shaped metal bike racks meant to encourage cycling in Bemidji.
BEMIDJI — Citizens of Bemidji got an additional chance to weigh in Thursday on a massive electric power line upgrade expected to take at least six years and $10.5 million dollars to complete. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board is in the process of deciding whether to grant Otter Tail Power Co. a permit for the project, which is intended to help Bemidji’s power grid keep pace with increased demand as the city grows. The upgrade would gradually take out about eight miles of above-ground 69 kV power lines and replace them with larger 115 kV lines from 2015 to 2021.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Public Library is planning on helping local citizens sign up for the new MNsure health insurance exchange, Branch Manager Paul Ericsson said Tuesday. The library will partner with Health Access MN Coalition, one of the 30 recipients of outreach/infrastructure grants from the MNsure program. Although the library may provide public computers for web signup and a space for coalition meetings, Health Access will be the entity providing person-to-person assistance in enrollment and not library staff, Ericsson said.
BEMIDJI — Greater Bemidji, a group dedicated to economic development in the rural areas surrounding the city, moved into the big leagues Friday as it voted to become part of the Greater Minnesota Economic Development Partnership; essentially a statewide version of the local group. Dave Hengel, Greater Bemidji’s executive director, said Monday the move to become part of the partnership was on a trial basis for one year. “We’re going to give it a shot for a year, see how it goes, and then kind of re-evaluate,” Hengel said.
By Zach Kayser firstname.lastname@example.org BEMIDJI — Beltrami County and the city of Bemidji may soon have new regulations that govern the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. Proponents of the new technology say it’s a less harmful way to get a nicotine fix and can help smokers kick the habit altogether. The U.S.
BEMIDJI -- Community members working to restore Carnegie Library near downtown Bemidji made the case Wednesday for $800,000 in state bonding money to be awarded to the project as they hosted state Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, and members of the House Capital Investment Committee. Committee chair Hausman and her colleagues made a stop at the more than 100-year-old library on their tour of area projects that have the potential to receive funding in next year's bonding bill.
BEMIDJI -- An intrepid expedition of 11 canoers set out into the mist overhanging Lake Bemidji State Park on Wednesday morning on the first leg of their 75-day, 2,300-mile journey down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.