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Ward 2 Special Election may be complicated

The Bemidji City Council will discuss the Ward 2 vacancy and how to fill it during their meeting this evening. Mike Beard resigned two weeks ago, citing health concerns as his reason for immediately stepping down. According to a memo from city manager Nate Mathews, with phase 3 of the orderly annexation of Northern Township,…

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Council to consider declaring a vacancy in Ward 2

The Bemidji City Council will consider declaring a vacancy and ordering a special election to fill former council member Mike Beard’s position. Last week, Beard resigned, effective immediately, citing health concerns as his reason for stepping down. Beard represented Ward 2. The council, during their meeting Monday evening, will also hold a public hearing on…

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Council plans big asks for the MN legislature

The city of Bemidji is planning some big asks for this session in the Minnesota legislature. During the meeting last night, they met with Bradley Peterson, who represents the law firm Flaherty and Hood. Peterson and the council discussed the differences between a local option sales tax and a food and beverage tax. The council…

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City council to consider final budget approval

The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to consider approving their final budget and levy this evening. According to city documents, the preliminary levy adopted in September was $6.12 million, an increase of over 250,000, or 4.3 percent, from 2019. According to city finance director Ron Eischens, the statewide average levy increase was 7.5 percent, and…

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City Council meets for work session

The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to discuss several items during their work session this evening. They will first hear a recreation update, then move on to a Greater Bemidji discussion. Recently, Greater Bemidji declined to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the city council, citing in a response letter that such an agreement…

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City Council approves SAC & WAC Moratorium

The Bemidji City Council approved a two-year moratorium on sewer and water access connection charges, commonly referred to as SAC and WAC, during their meeting yesterday evening. According to City Manager Nate Mathews, the moratorium, as well as a SAC and WAC loan deferral program, is designed to promote development on the city’s in-fill lots,…

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City Council Meeting 09/16

By: News Intern Katherine Jones BEMIDJI-Bemidji City Council met last night for a regular meeting. They discussed the approval of funds for city projects 19-10 and 19-12, both of which were approved.  The floor was open to the public for the reading of city ordinance number 115, but no one approached the stand. The public…

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City Council and County Board Meetings

By: News Intern Katherine Jones BEMIDJI- Beltrami County Board of Commissioners and the Bemidji City Council are scheduled to meet this upcoming week.  At the city council meeting, they are set to discuss a resolution that will approve the preliminary 2019 Tax Levy Collectible in 2020. They will also be considering quotes for a sanitary…

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