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Bemidji's Central school building available again after withdrawn offer

The Bemidji School Board again declared the closed elementary as surplus property after an initial purchase proposal from the Red Lake Nation fell through.

BEMIDJI - A former elementary school in Bemidji may soon be listed on the market after an initial proposal for purchase from the Red Lake Nation fell through.

Oshkimaajitahdah, a tribal entity managing 22 programs for the Red Lake Nation, submitted a bid to purchase the former school to expand its services in the Bemidji area, which the board accepted last November. The entity currently uses another former district building for its Bemidji office.

Since then, Red Lake withdrew its offer to purchase the school, and Central Elementary was again declared a surplus property in April.

While the minimum threshold price for the building set by the School Board is not public information, Superintendent Jeremy Olson told KAXE in a Friday, May 31, phone interview that the asking price would be public information once it is listed by a realtor.

Olson said he was open to engaging in conversations with anyone interested in developing the building near downtown Bemidji. The Board did set two provisions for the sale of the property: that it cannot be a school serving K-12 students, and that it can't be used for the production, manufacturing or sale of cannabis.


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