Mayor Prince delivers first State of the City address

Mayor Jorge Prince delivered his first State of the City address.

The annual speech is required by city charter, and while Prince has only served since January, he credited much of the last year’s accomplishments to the previous mayor and council as well as the work of city staff.

Prince discussed the year’s response calls by the police and fire departments, new construction in the city, as well as the pandemic’s challenges over the last year.

Prince also touched on the Sanford Center, which has been essentially closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

While closed, the Sanford Center has partnered with the United Way of Bemidji Area to help with food distribution programs, such as Backpack Buddies, which provides non-perishable, easy-to-prepare meals to children.

“The single largest financial challenge is placing the Sanford Center on sound financial footing,” said Prince.

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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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