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Bemidji liquor store profits to help nonprofits starting in 2013

The Bemidji City Council will set aside profits from its liquor store to start a fund to help local nonprofits.
But the help won’t come immediately, reports the Bemidji Pioneer.

The Bemidji City Council will set aside profits from its liquor store to start a fund to help local nonprofits.

But the help won’t come immediately, reports the Bemidji Pioneer. The council will set aside 5 percent of liquor store profits between now and Jan. 1, 2013, to establish a fund for nonprofit groups. Until then, a long-standing moratorium on city donations to nonprofits will stay in effect.

The council now must come up with guidelines on how to distribute the money, when the fund is ready in 2013.

City Manager John Chattin suggested that city staff could determine which requests can come before the council and which requests are simply turned down.

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The paper said the Beltrami County Board of Commission has a similar County Development Fund, using proceeds from timber sales from county-managed lands.