Archives for February 2018

Council Awards Project to Reierson

The Bemidji City Council on Tuesday awarded a bid to Reierson Construction to handle its Street Renewal Program in 2018. The city plans to reconstruct six neighborhood streets, totaling 1.7 miles. This year’s program includes changing Bardwell Drive Northwest on the Anne Street loop from gravel to paved.

District 518 Lawsuit

A former employee of District 518 in Southern Minnesota vacated her position due to alleged personal mistreatment, while simultaneously filing a complaint against the district with the Department of Education. District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard confirmed Monday that a complaint has been filed. Read more at; bemidjipioneer.com.

CAIR Director to Speak at BSU

Executive director Jaylani Hussein of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will explore shared Minnesotan values in a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 103 of Bemidji State’s American Indian Resource Center.

3M to Pay MN $850 Million

3M will pay $850 million to settle a Minnesota lawsuit, claiming they contaminated water for at least five decades. The deal was announced hours after a trial over the suit was slated to begin on Tuesday. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson accused 3M of contaminating the state’s water by dumping millions of pounds of waste from the production of fluorochemicals used in its Scotchgard product

Bemidji’s State of the City

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht has declared the state of the city is strong, recognizing Bemidji’s win as Best MN Town for 2017 by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Along with this, Albrecht also noted the city’s recognition in Twin Cities Business magazine, an award from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association for the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground and the placement as a finalist for the Minnesota Brownfield ReScape awards.

Commissioners Adress Opiate Lawsuit Tonight

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners meet this evening at 5pm. Among the items up for discussion is the upcoming opiate-related lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors for their marketing behavior and negligence. It currently includes 12 Minnesota Counties and the Red Lake Nation. Commissioners added approval to pursue litigation to the consent agenda item.

Council, BEDA, State of the City Tonight

The Bemidji City Council meeting this evening begins following the roll call and Pledge of Allegiance with Mayor Rita Albrecht’s State of the City Address, followed by the regular council meeting. New business includes the 2018 Street Renewal Project. The Bemidji Econimic Development Authority meets after the City Council.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Reports

On Monday at 9:32pm, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 29-year-old Nona Parkhurst in the area of Court Avenue in Park Rapids. Parkhurst was reportedly taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. No additional information was made available.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault report Monday at 3:48am in the area of 18th Street SW in Bemidji, where the party in question was arrested for domestic violence. 63-year-old Wallace Arthur was taken into custody and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

During a traffic stop on Sunday at approximately 11pm in the area of Cardinal Road and Highway 2 NW in Bemidji, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 31-year-old Daniel Eason and 27-year-old Jamilyn Fairbanks related to two outstanding warrants.

35-year-old Jessica McDonald was issued a citation by Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday at 4:49pm in the area of Irvine Avenue and Capricorn Lane NW in Bemidji during a traffic stop for failure to observe a stop sign.

Lakes Music Fest Feb. 25

The Lakes Area Music Festival announced the repertoire and performers to be featured in the 10th anniversary season, with an Italian-themed event titled “Celebrating 10″ at the Luminary Fern event space at the Northern Pacific Center, Sunday February 25th at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $25.

Bipartisan FARM Act

A bipartisan group, including Senators Klobuchar and Smith of Minnesota, have introduced a bill which would make agricultural operations exempt from reporting livestock waste emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, which governs hazardous Superfund sites.