City Council Recap: October 7

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council approved all agenda items during their meeting last night, with the exception of a “Strengths Wise” proposal that would have cost $4,000 for a half-day workshop, as well as additional costs per participant.

City Manager Nate Mathews was advised to find an alternative way to assess the council’s strengths, with councillors Ron Johnson and Nancy Erickson expressing they believed the Gallup-style test would be a waste of money.

The council approved lot maintenance assessments, the Bemidji Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association pension benefit, a feasibility study for the 2020 street renewal project and a Birchmont Drive feasibility study.

The council was able to sell some of their existing bonds yesterday for $4.89 million, which represents an actual savings of about $621,000.


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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