Neilson Reise back on council agenda

The Bemidji City Council will discuss the future of the Neilson Reise Arena during their work session this evening.

While no formal action is typically taken during work sessions, City Manager Nate Mathews says staff is seeking council input after receiving word that the Bemidji Community Arena plans to open their new “Sanford Power” ice sheet for summer use.

The Neilson Reise has historically been used as a year-round facility, providing summer ice, but at this time the future of the arena is unclear.

Due to revenue uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a new sheet of ice in the Bemidji ice market and the absence of funding for the 54-year-old facility, it has not yet been determined if the Neilson Reise will remain closed temporarily or permanently.

The BCAC, according to Mathews’ memo, hopes “the city and school district as ice owners could cooperate, coordinate, and potentially directly or indirectly provide support to them this summer and in the short term.”

View tonight’s packet and access instructions for the meeting here.

 


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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