Local Government


Beltrami County Board hears series of updates in work session

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners reviewed the proceeds of tax forfeited properties within the county during their meeting Tuesday. Richard Moore with Natural Resources reported over $772,000 in apportionment proceeds. According to statute, these proceeds must be invested in areas such as county economic development, timber development, acquiring and maintaining county parks, with funds…


Bemidji City Council welcomes seventh and final member after a year of vacancies, tables motion to award bid to Reierson Construction

The Bemidji City Council welcomed the seventh and final member of the Council after a year of vacancies. At-large member Dan Jourdain, a member of the Red Lake Nation, was sworn in Monday, with a brief drum ceremony that followed. The council now has two Indigenous members, as Jourdain joins Ward 1 member Audrey Thayer,…


Bemidji School Board moves ahead with proposal to close Central Elementary, reconfigure other buildings

The Bemidji School District will continue to look at the cost saving measures of reconfiguring three district buildings. The board passed a resolution unanimously that would direct staff to examine the school boundaries for neighborhood schools as the district plans to move students and most teachers out of Central Elementary, the district’s longest-running school. The…


UPDATED: Bemidji School Board to consider closing Central Elementary, Paul Bunyan Center

The Bemidji Area School Board will once again look at more ways to cut the district’s budget, and once again there are petitions circulating to stop the cuts. A proposal included in the school board packet includes closing Central Elementary School, the district’s oldest school, and moving these students into other K-3 neighborhood schools. In…


Neilson Reise back on council agenda

The Bemidji City Council will discuss the future of the Neilson Reise Arena during their work session this evening. While no formal action is typically taken during work sessions, City Manager Nate Mathews says staff is seeking council input after receiving word that the Bemidji Community Arena plans to open their new “Sanford Power” ice…


Beltrami County Board discusses potential joint meeting with City of Bemidji

During the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners’ Work Session, commissioners discussed a potential meeting, tentatively planned for next month, with leaders of the county seat, Bemidji. Commissioner Jim Lucachick said they would need plenty of time for the meeting, with five commissioners and seven council members, he anticipated a meeting like this lasting at least…

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