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Bemidji Pioneer launches redesigned Web site today

The Bemidji Pioneer is introducing a newly redesigned Web site this morning.

The new site includes a wider format, an improved site search, additional homepage headlines and more daily updates.

"We are excited to introduce the new site to our thousands of loyal online readers and to attract many new readers," said Dennis Doeden, publisher of the Pioneer. "We will be adding some new content that will be both interesting and useful."

Among the new features will be an interactive calendar of events for the Bemidji area.

"We receive information about nearly every event that takes place in the area," Doeden said. "In addition to printing that information in the newspaper, we now will have it on our Web site, and readers can submit events for our approval as well."

New technology will create opportunities to present other new content online, such as weddings, engagements and anniversaries, complete with color photos when available.

Another Web site addition is an improved search engine featuring keywords or tag words. These tags will help readers locate the content of interest - stories and advertising. Each story will feature its story tags at the bottom of the content to help readers identify searchable terms.

When the new site is launched, registered users will need to log in again. Those users who remember their login and password can simply use them to log on.

If users have forgotten their password, they can visit, click "Login," enter an e-mail address in the "lost your password" area and then click on "reset my password." The site will then send a temporary password to the e-mail address listed. That password can be used to log onto the site. The password will then need to be updated.

The Pioneer on Twitter

Separate from the newly redesigned Pioneer Web site is The Pioneer's sports page on Twitter, which will keep followers updated on local sports stories and reported scores.

For more on The Pioneer's sports page on Twitter, see today's sports section.

"Our Twitter feed will post Bemidji area scores in real time whenever possible and direct users to our sports coverage on," said Pioneer sports reporter Eric Stromgren, who will be administrating the Twitter feed. "Twitter has become a mainstream technology and it presents a good opportunity for The Pioneer to connect with larger audience."

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