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29th October 2014
On an autumn day with a hint of winter, the thought of Christmas was in the air. The Chippewa National Forest, in partnership with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Choose Outdoors, hosted a public cutting ceremony for the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 88-foot tall white spruce. Approximately 500 attendees, including 170 local school children, gathered to witness the once in a generation event. Minnesota Logger of the Year Jim Scheff had the honor of cutting the tree. Instead of letting the tree fall, two massive cranes carefully lowered it onto a specially designed flatbed trailer with one of kind cribbing to support the trunk and not crush the branches. The total truck and trailer length is over 100-feet long! After the Tree was secured on the trailer, the team from Chippewa National Forest and students from Itasca Community College began the arduous process of preparing the tree for the initial leg of its journey to Bemidji State University where it will be wrapped for travel to Washington, D.C. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make more than 30 stops as it travels through local communities, Minnesota and the Midwest on its way to Washington, D.C. The tree lighting ceremony will be scheduled in early December.
29th October 2014
The Bemidji Police Department has a new addition to the team. Officer Jessica Gage was sworn in this week as a Police Officer for the City of Bemidji. Officer Gage will undergo a fourteen week field training program. The program is designed to teach new officers the geography of the city, policy and procedures specific to the City of Bemidji and related technology. It also provides an opportunity to immerse new officers into the law enforcement career in a more controlled environment while providing a method for evaluation. Officer Gage is a 2008 Criminal Justice graduate of Bemidji State University. Her past experience includes employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.
24th October 2014
How would you minimize or address the homeless problem in Bemidji? What is your plan to bring the Sanford Center into a profit generating program? These were two of the questions posed to Rita Albrecht and Jorge Prince at a Mayoral debate last night at Bemidji High School. About 50 people attended the debate, the second in three days that Prince and Albrecht participated in. The debate was hosted by the Bemidji High School AP Government and Politics class. The final question of the night asked what inspired the candidates to run for mayor? Albrecht said that volunteering on city committees helped her see that there is a way to make a difference in the community. Prince said that running for mayor wasn’t an easy decision because there is so much going on in the business that he runs, but the biggest motivator for him has always been the people of Bemidji. Last night’s debate was recorded and will be shown on ISD 31 Channel 90 at a later date.
24th October 2014
To promote awareness and support for the United Way of Bemidji Area, officers of the Bemidji Police Department will be growing beards. The visual display will be a reminder to the community of the growing needs of our area and the importance of organizations like the United Way of Bemidji Area. Many groups choose to donate through promotions like causal Friday attire. Unfortunately, police officers don't get a causal dress option. Therefore, from October to February 2015 male officers that donate to the United Way of Bemidji Area will be allowed to grow beards and female officers have chosen to carry colored handcuffs.
The before picture....
Pictured left to right; Officer Justin Erickson, Officer Nick Whichello, Officer Greg Zimbelman, Officer Tom Charboneau, Officer Zack Ruport, Officer Andrew Burford, Officer Randy Moyer and Officer Bidal Duran.
(not pictured; Officer Tabitha Carrigan, Detective Michelle Leffelman, Detective Mike Solheim, Sergeant Jaeger Bellows, Officer Ryan Riley, Admin Assistant Carol Lauderbaugh, Crime Analyst Char Sether, Chief Mike Mastin)
22nd October 2014
Bemidji City Hall Council Chambers were packed last night for a candidate forum. The forum was divided into two segments, the first hour for County Commissioner and County Attorney candidates and the second for those running for Bemidji City Mayor and City Council. Candidates for county and city posts responded to questions from the audience of about 75 people on a wide range of topics and issues. While every candidate was given the opportunity to answer every question - there were a lot of questions from the audience directed specifically at the candidates for Beltrami County Attorney. When asked what makes her the better candidate - Annie Claesson-Huseby said its her experience in the Beltrami County Attorney’s office. Her opponent, David Hanson, said that he has all the experience required for the position and makes him stand out is that he is from Bemidji. One of the questions posed to the candidates for Bemidji City Mayor and Council Member at Large was what they felt was the most important issue currently before the council. Mayor Rita Albright said pending litigation was on the top of her list. Jorge Prince said that he feels the most important issue relates to the financial future and stability of the city. The league of Women Voters Bemidji Area sponsored last night’s forum and they are sponsoring another tonight Bemidji City Hall. State Representative candidates will face questions beginning at 7pm. Mayoral candidates will meet again on Thursday evening at 7pm for a debate at Bemidji High School.
22nd October 2014
Bemidji Fire Department responded to a house fire in Eckles Township on Tuesday morning. The fire, which was reported at 11:27 AM by a passerby, was located in the 6400 block of Eckles Rd NW. Upon arrival Bemidji Firefighters found the home completely engulfed in flames. Seven firefighters used on e Fire Engine and two Water Tenders on the scene. No injuries were reported, however the home and its contents were a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation, however it appears to be accidental in nature.
21st October 2014
Motorists on Middle School Drive will be asked to slow it down a little more during high traffic times in the area of the Bemidji Middle School crosswalk. The Bemidji City Council passed a motion Monday night, approving a school speed zone in the area of the Bemidji School crosswalk. This school zone will require motorists to reduce their speed to 25 miles per hour on Middle School Drive between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. City staff has been working with Bemidji School District officials to make the crosswalk safer and more visible. A traffic study was completed that found that a school speed zone in the area would be warranted.
21st October 2014
Target Corporation has awarded the City of Bemidji Police Department $1500 for the purchase of new digital cameras and equipment. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin says that the Police Department routinely takes photographs at calls for service. These calls include, but are not limited to accidents, animal impounds, assaults, burglaries, domestic violence, property damage, search warrants, welfare checks and crime scenes. Photographs are used by Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab technicians, Officers, Detectives, Social Services, Prosecution and many more to assist in successful prosecution of criminal acts. The Bemidji Police Department sought funding from the Target corporation through a recent grant opportunity for the purchase of new Digital SLR cameras, lenses, SD cards and Pelican cases.
15th October 2014
On Monday, October 13, 2014 the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, represented by Dispatch Supervisor Beryl Wernberg and Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel were visited by the members of the Bemidji Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union employee's as part of their "Plus it Forward" campaign. Even the smallest acts of kindness can have positive ripple effects and can add up to something great. When you do something nice for someone else, you can significantly improve their day and inspire them to help others. Plus It Forward cards are a fun way to create a culture of kindness and generosity in your community. Do something nice for someone else today and encourage them to Plus It Forward. Visit www.plusitforward.org to print a plus it forward card.
How It Works
"Plussing It Forward" is easy. First, do something considerate for someone else and then share your story online. When you write your story, you can enter your card code to track the ripple effect of your kindness. Then give away your Plus It Forward card to challenge others to follow your example. Inspired by a Commitment to Community The Plus It Forward movement was founded by members of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. Affinity Plus is a Minnesota-based financial cooperative that believes in putting people first.
14th October 2014
Pets and their people now have a new place to play. The Bemidji Parks and Trail Commission and the Nymore Dog Park Committee celebrated the completion of the Nymore Dog Park this (Tuesday) afternoon. The park on Miles Avenue includes a small dog area and a large dog area. Marcia Larson, City Parks and Recreation Director, said that she is excited about the park and excited for the people who worked hard to bring this amenity to the city parks system. The Nymore Dog Park Committee raised over $15,000 to help make the park a reality with the City of Bemidji contributing $20,000. Along with the small and large dog areas, the park has benches and other amenities, including a water fountain for people and a doggy water fountain. A special Halloween event is planned at the park October 23rd. The Bark N' Boo event includes a costme contest. For more information or to sign up to participate, contact the City Parks and Recreation Department.