City council, Rotary, partner for Bemidji’s parks

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council approved two memorandums of understanding with the Bemidji Rotary Club during their meeting last night.

Supervisor of Parks and Recreation Marcia Larson hopes to build a nature playscapes-type playground at North Country Park next summer, and has partnered with the Rotary Club to raise funds for it.

The project may also be eligible for various grants from the DNR.

Some council members wondered if it was the right time to invest more money in parks, due to the city’s water issues, but others, such as freshman council member Emilie Rivera, felt it was important to invest in the community’s kids.

Emilie Rivera, Ward 4 Council Member

The MOU was approved, and a separate motion was made to cap the city’s contribution at $50,000. 


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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