Bemidji City Council to hear report on Jail Feasibility Study

The Bemidji City Council will hear a report from Beltrami County Administrator Tom Barry on the results of the Jail Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study on the county Jail during its Sept. 19 session.

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council will hear a report on the future of the Beltrami County Jail during tonight's meeting.

Beltrami County Administrator Tom Barry will provide the council with a presentation on the recent Jail Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study, which examined the condition and needs of the jail and what its future might look like.

Built in 1989, the Beltrami County Jail has been in a deteriorating condition for the past few years, and concerns about capacity and space have been raised by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

The Feasibility Study, which was commissioned by the Beltrami County Board in 2021 and was completed in the past few months, came up with six potential options for the jail moving forward. Some of those options included closing the facility, renovating it or building a new detention center.

Other business during tonight's meeting include considering a lease extension for the Bemidji Curling Club, and the first reading of an ordinance to adjust the membership of the city's Public Arts Commission.


The city council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. tonight, Sept. 19, at City Hall. The meeting can also be viewed on the city's website,

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