Neilson Reise on the agenda for the Public Affairs Committee

Bemidji’s Public Affairs Committee is set to meet Monday to discuss the Neilson Reise COVID preparedness plan.

This has been a topic of some contention in recent City Council meetings.

During the Sept. 14 meeting, the council directed staff to prepare this plan.

The governor’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, as outlined in the executive order 20-99, include indoor sports facilities, and exercise facilities, as closed to members of the public.

The arena has been closed since March 16th due to COVID concerns, and the reopening costs would include a minimum of $5,000 for outside contractors, and would take 3-4 weeks for ice to be put in and for the facility to prepare for opening.


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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