Bike sharing goes Up North
In its first expansion outside the Twin Cities, the Nice Ride Minnesota bike-sharing program will roll out 200 bikes at four locations in Bemidji starting Sunday. The pilot project is believed to be the nation’s first in a city as small as Bemidji, pop. 13,723.
The organization has no plans to expand to other cities but will gauge Bemidji’s success to see if that makes sense. Organizers picked Bemidji because they decided you could travel there for a three-day weekend, not touch your car and have a positive experience.
Unlike the lime-green bikes available at 170 Twin Cities locations, Bemidji’s bikes will be orange. It will be a standard bike-rental operation, with prices ranging from $6 an hour to $80 per week. Students at Bemidji State can rent bikes for $55 a semester. The campus is one of four locations, along with the visitors’ center, the Hampton Inn and Lake Bemidji State Park.
CURT BROWN @stribcbrown
House passes bill to rename post office for slain cop
The U.S. House has voted to rename the Cold Spring post office in honor of slain police officer Thomas Decker, who was killed on duty in November 2012.
The bill, written by Rep. Michele Bachmann, seeks to rename the post office the “Officer Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office.” Every member of the state’s House delegation co-sponsored Bachmann’s bill.
The bill must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Obama before the tribute is approved.
“It’s a fitting tribute to a life well lived and to a man greatly missed,” Bachmann said in a speech on the House floor Tuesday.
Decker was shot in the head outside a local bar moments after he arrived to make a welfare check on a resident. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Corey Mitchell @StribMitchell
IRRRB to vote on budget