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Editorial Note: The 90th Academy Awards — the Oscars — are set for March 4. Over the next several weeks, we will take a look at my favorites to win the golden statues. This year's acting categories all have clear frontrunners, and I'm fairly confident that those frontrunners will get the Academy nod on Oscar night. However, there is always the potential for an upset. Best Actor First up, the nominees for Best Actor. This year, they include: • Gary Oldman for "Darkest Hour." • Daniel Kaluuya for "Get Out."
BEMIDJI—In 2020, a final section of property north of Anne Street will be brought within the Bemidji city limits, more than a decade after an annexation agreement was signed. The annexation will extend northward from Anne Street up to Lakewood Drive Northwest and westward to U.S. Highway 71 and Bemidji Regional Airport. By bringing in the property from Northern Township, Bemidji Finance Director Ron Eischens said the city will eventually see a $300,000 increase in the property taxes it collects.
BEMIDJI -- Priorities for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities for the 2018 Minnesota legislative session that starts next week were detailed in a teleconference Thursday. As with 2017, the CGMC is again pushing for an increase in the amount of funding appropriated for the Local Government Aid program. In the 2017 session, the Legislature passed a tax bill including a $15 million increase in LGA, bringing the appropriation to $534.4 million.
BEMIDJI -- A contest hosted by the Greater Bemidji Economic Development LaunchPad program, with the dual purpose of promoting information technology and supporting local nonprofits, will take place next month.
The 90th Academy Awards – the Oscars – are set for March 4. Over the next several weeks, we will take a look at my favorites to win the golden statues. This year’s directorial category in the Academy Awards is one of the strongest in years. There’s diversity, talent and most important, the directors nominated have put out some really good pictures. The nominees for the Oscar are:
BEMIDJI—The future of Bemidji's water wells was the focus of a work session for the City Council Monday. Several years ago, chemicals called perfluorocarbons were discovered in two of the city's five wells that are operated near the Bemidji Regional Airport. Perfluorocarbons were often used in firefighting foams and used at airports.
BEMIDJI—Change is a natural part of life for businesses in Bemidji's downtown. In the past year, some stores have closed, others are planning to relocate to the area and several more will be opening soon.
BEMIDJI—The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is making its way across the state to get its message out before the 2018 legislative session starts. Their tour brought them to Bemidji on Thursday. Jennifer Byers, vice president of chamber relations, said the statewide push is an annual opportunity to let communities know what the organization is planning to lobby for at the Legislature.
BEMIDJI—Beltrami County Attorney David Hanson got the go-ahead Tuesday to select a firm and file a lawsuit against national opioid manufacturers and distributors. Beltrami County now joins numerous other local governments in what Hanson described as a multi-district court litigation. The litigation, Hanson told the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, is akin to a class action lawsuit. However, where a class action has all the plaintiffs get together on a single suit, multidistrict litigations remain separate.
BEMIDJI—Multiple positions for state and national offices in Minnesota are up for election in 2018, and members of both parties see this as a year of opportunity. That interest was shown Tuesday night, when the Beltrami County Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican parties held their caucus events at locations throughout the region. During the evening, members on both side of the political spectrum selected precinct officers, volunteered for election positions, discussed the party platform and participated in polls for Minnesota gubernatorial candidates.