Your Tuesday News Brief: January 9

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council [also] discussed how to proceed with extending municipal services to Gene Dillon School during their work session Monday.

According to City Attorney Alan Felix, the school district and the city formed an agreement to extend water and sewer services, but the question remains whether they annex only the school building or annex the properties in between Bemidji High School to Gene Dillon.

No action was taken by the city council on the possibility of annexation Monday, but city staff is scheduled to meet with Grant Valley Township Thursday.


BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council discussed the exterior design of the new liquor store proposed to be built on the corner of Irvine Avenue and Paul Bunyan Drive.

Liquor store staff have proposed a name change from “Bemidji Discount Liquor” but no new name has yet been offered.

The city browsed three options to choose from, and asked the architect to consider a design that adopts designs from at least two of the options.

Also discussed during the work session was alternatives the city could propose to the organizers of the Sanford Wellness Center. The proponents of that project want the city to collect a hospitality tax, with two-thirds of the tax collected going to support an Amateur Youth Sports Commission. The other third would support the Sanford Center.

The City discussed other combinations that they could propose, but no action was taken on any agenda item during the work session Monday.


PARK RAPIDS– A Park Rapids man was recently charged with four felonies, with two counts of witness tampering and two counts of domestic assault, in Hubbard County court last week.

According to the criminal complaint received by the station yesterday, 20-year-old Matthew David Barrett is accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend, leaving several threatening messages including threatening to kill her if she called the police. The victim, identified in court documents by the initials A-A-A, stated to responding officers that she was indeed terrified of Barrett.

Barrett has a criminal history involving domestic assault and violating orders for protection. Barrett will make his next court appearance on January 18.


ST. PAUL– From Saturday to Monday, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing for “Take a Kid Ice Fishing” weekend. Anglers should always check ice conditions locally before heading out on the ice.


WILLMAR– A family is seeking answers after a 56-year-old Willmar man was found dead in the Kandiyohi County Jail.  Deputies discovered the man unresponsive and not breathing in his cell Sunday afternoon.  He had been arrested the day before on suspicion of drunken driving.  Officials say an autopsy will be done to determine the cause and manner of death.

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