City council will canvass special election votes today, Tuesday meeting preview

The Bemidji City Council will meet this coming Tuesday at 6 p.m. as City Hall will be closed on President’s Day, but the agenda includes the swearing in of newly-elected at-large member Dan Jourdain as well as Mayor Jorge Prince’s first State of the City Address.

Other items on the agenda include considering the 2021 Police Advisory Committee Council Work Group and a resolution setting a public hearing for the Highway 71 and Anne Street intersection on April 5.

The council will also discuss VenuWorks’ bills and the upcoming 5th Street reconstruction project.

The council will also convene this afternoon to canvass the special election votes.

According to city documents, special election day voter turnout ranged between 6 and 14 percent among the wards with an 11 percent turnout average.

There were 8,400 registered voters in the city as of Tuesday, with only 935 turning up at the polls and 358 voting absentee.


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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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