BEMIDJI—The team putting together this year's TEDxBemidji event had a few ideas for what the theme should be, but settled on one they felt encapsulated Bemidji through the past decade. The theme was 'Momentum.' On Thursday, a variety of speakers discussed how momentum has impacted the community, and how it can help in different areas of life. "We looked into finding a theme and probably came up with 20 different words. Momentum was the one that won out," event co-organizer Tammy Schotzko said.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji City Council got the ball rolling Monday on some 2019 road construction projects. During the meeting, the council authorized city staff to begin developing a reconstruction project for 30th Street and the 2019 edition of the street renewal program. The latter is an annual city program that reconstructs various sections of Bemidji streets.
BEMIDJI—An ordinance amendment requiring new homes to be built with a paved driveway was a major topic at the Bemidji City Council's work session Monday. The requirement, proposed by the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, had been submitted for approval as part of a larger ordinance overhaul.
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.