Council to discuss end of emergency orders, downtown barricade seating, police advisory committee tonight

The Bemidji City Council will discuss the expiration of the governor’s peacetime emergency powers, as well as the city’s own executive order.

Before the special session in St. Paul ended, House Democrats agreed to end the governor’s order, which went into effect the next day on July 1.

The end of the emergency orders removes some of the flexibility allowing restaurants to serve alcohol within the barricades on downtown parking spaces.

The council will also discuss the formation of a police advisory committee, which, according to Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, will act as a liaison between the community and the police department, with the goal of improving public safety as well as increase transparency and trust.

The council will hold an open house before the meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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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