Public listening session may need to be held online

The Bemidji City Council may not be able to hold the Listening Session August 10 at the Sanford Event Center due to the increasing numbers of COVID in this area.

According to a memo in the packet for tonight’s meeting, Sanford Center meetings and events for August have tentatively been canceled. The listening session was announced in the wake of demonstrations against police brutality.

Chief of Police Mike Mastin has said he is supportive of a citizen advisory board for the police department, and the listening session would be to gather public input on what that board should look like.

The council, during their meeting tonight, will also discuss a mask mandate.

The mandate, should it be approved, would be an amendment to the city’s local emergency proclamation, which is underway until the council decides to end it.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Beltrami County, as of Sunday, at 100 cases of COVID-19.

Read more about items on the council’s agenda, and instructions to access the online 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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

© 2020 HBI Radio Bemidji, LLC d/b/a Paul Bunyan Broadcasting 502 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area