Local Government

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Downtown barricades here to stay this summer

The Bemidji City Council took no action to remove downtown barricades, meaning they’ll get to stay throughout the summer. The barricades are already established around some downtown businesses, allowing them to expand outdoor seating into public rights-of-way such as parking spaces. Since the state and the city are still under peacetime states of emergency amid…

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District continues to work toward slimming budget by reducing staff

The Bemidji Area School Board unanimously passed a measure that would reduce the budget for licensed staff by about $1.6 million. Human Resources director Jordan Hickman said these reductions were due to budgetary shortfalls, licensure issues, shifting enrollments and the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of the reductions are related to the closure of Central Elementary,…

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