BEMIDJI—Tuesday evening served as both a celebration of progress and another call to action for the local veterans home project. Dozens of people attended the Tuesday event, taking place at the Bemidji Eagles Club, including elected officials, former military service members and veterans home advocates. The event was scheduled to commend the work done by individuals over the past decade to secure funding from the state Legislature to help build the home in Bemidji.
BEMIDJI—The 2019 preliminary tax levy for the city of Bemidji was approved Monday, with the final version set for a decision in December. The Bemidji City Council approved a recommendation from staff to set the preliminary tax levy at an increase of 2 percent, resulting in a levy of $5,867,794. According to Finance Director Ron Eischens, the 2 percent increase is not required to meet 2019 budget needs. However, it does provide flexibility for the city to address upcoming issues.
BEMIDJI—The Shriners are back in town for its 22nd annual weekend event with multiple activities planned before the undefeated BSU football team takes on the University of Minnesota Crookston at Chet Anderson Stadium. The annual event is a collaboration between BSU and the Headwaters Shriners Club to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children—Twin Cities. In addition to raising money, the Shriners also host a free pediatric orthopedic screening clinic on an annual basis.
BEMIDJI—Man's best friend will take center stage this weekend during the eighth annual United Kennel Dog Show. Hosted by the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association, the event is scheduled with activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. Organizers expect to have about 100 dog handlers participate, said Ethan Larson, Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association vice president.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji City Council authorized staff to make adjustments to the preliminary 2019 budget and tax levy Monday. During a work session, the council was presented with proposed changes to the city's preliminary budget and tax levy, which will receive formal votes at the Sept. 17 meeting. Adjustments recommended by staff were largely related to personnel costs.
BEMIDJI—The Sanford Center Board of Directors extended a contract with the Bemidji Jaycees on Thursday allowing the annual Home, Sport and Travel Show to be held at the facility another year. The event is typically held in the spring and next year's event will be the 42nd annual show. After being housed in the John Glas Fieldhouse for several, years, the event moved to the Sanford Center in 2011, with the Jaycees signing a contract through 2012. In 2013, the Jaycees signed a five year contract through 2018, with the intent to renegotiate this year for another five years.
BEMIDJI—Proponents of the proposed Bemidji Veterans Home are conducting a major fundraising drive and are reaching out to governments, organizations and businesses alike. At the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Veteran Services Officer Scotty Allison said that so far the effort has raised $153,709, including a pledge from Roseau County. Along with those donations, the push for the veterans home also has a pledge of $1 million from the Board of Commissioners.
BEMIDJI—Beltrami County has a new set of guidelines to manage more than 140,000 acres of forest for the next decade. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the county Board of Commissioners approved the adoption of the 2018-2027 Forest Management Plan. "It's a guideline for our staff as they manage the county forests," District 3 Commissioner Richard Anderson said. "It has fewer pages than the previous plan, but deals with the same information in terms of how we manage our forests." According to a memo attached to the new plan, the goal of the document is to provide:
BEMIDJI—With Bemidji's growing population and more annexation coming in 2020, city officials are beginning to analyze what the impact will be on city utilities. The latest move for city staff is reviewing the capabilities of the wastewater treatment system. During the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday, City Public Works Director Craig Gray brought up the subject and requested funding for an evaluation.
BEMIDJI—Strong winds and early rain wasn't enough to put a damper on this year's Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, with the 13th annual event capping off with a successful Saturday.