Bemidji City Council moves forward with Rail Corridor grant application

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council will move forward with a grant application for the Rail Corridor development.

This grant, a redevelopment grant from Minnesota DEED, if successful, will provide a million dollars for infrastructure improvements to the rail corridor, such as streets, sewer and water, with a fifty percent match from the city.

New Community Development Director Steve Jones recommends TIF, or tax increment financing, to fund the city’s match.

Bemidji Community Development Director Steve Jones

The city also approved a resolution supporting an application for 2020 bonds from the state legislature, to fund a water treatment facility at the Bemidji Airport to treat perflourochemicals, also known as PFCs or PFAs, in the city’s well fields. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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