Greater Bemidji declines City of Bemidji MOU

Greater Bemidji declined to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the City of Bemidji.

Ward 5 Council Member Nancy Erickson

During council reports in last night’s city council meeting, Ward 5 Council Member Nancy Erickson said she was not in favor of allotting money to any organization without a means of measurable accountability.

Another council member, Michael Beard of Ward 2, expressed his belief that the discussion was not appropriate in council committee reports at the end of the meeting because exact topics aren’t included on the agendas.

The letter, written by Executive Director Dave Hengel, states that an MOU would give the city of Bemidji greater influence than the other investors in Greater Bemidji.

Greater Bemidji Executive Director Dave Hengel

According to city attorney Al Felix, the MOU presented was a draft.

The council will approve their final budget on Monday, Dec. 16, and they will discuss Greater Bemidji at a work session Monday, Dec. 9.

The Truth in Taxation hearing will be held during the Monday, Dec. 2, council meeting.

The council, during the regular agenda, approved the 2020 amended fee schedule and held the first reading of a street vacation on 2nd Street Southwest.

View the draft MOU between the City of Bemidji and Greater Bemidji here: MOU City and GB


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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