Bemidji City Council to discuss Rail Corridor

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to once again discuss the Rail Corridor during their meeting Monday.

According to city documents, the city’s next step in the project is applying for a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development redevelopment grant.

This grant can be used for the acquisition, demolition and infrastructure improvements required for the Rail Corridor, and the grant application is due in August, with a grant project size of up to a million dollars.

During the last round of grants in early spring, the city opted not to go forward due to some council members’ apprehension of committing the city to a 50 percent match of that million dollar grant amount. 


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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