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CROSS COUNTRY: BSU cross country picked to finish 13th in NSIC

BURNSVILLE -- The Bemidji State women’s cross country team has been selected to finish 13th in the 2018 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday. Ryne ...

Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan

Former CIA director John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee on the Russia investigation in Washington, D.C. Must credit: Washington Post photo by Melina Mara
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday, citing "the risk posed by ...

Baker claims religious persecution again - this time after denying cake for transgender woman

FILE -- Jack Phillips, the baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple, at Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., Aug. 24, 2017. (Nick Cote/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)
Add another layer to the legal drama surrounding the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple - and took his case all the way ...

Northern Minnesota man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children two decades ago

DULUTH -- A Grand Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting his young nieces two decades ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 14, in State District Court in Itasca County.
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City to take on some criminal prosecutions

Misdemeanors, ordinance violations in Bemidji will go through City Hall; felonies will remain with county
Matthew Liedke

Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.

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‘We wanted to build a bridge’: New Gene Dillon Elementary aims to ease the transition to junior high and beyond

Ami Aalgaard, principal of the new Gene Dillon Elementary, explains some of the features of the campus and grounds on Wednesday. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer) 1 / 3
The newly constructed Gene Dillon Elementary School is set to open for the the 2018-19 school year. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer) 2 / 3
Crews put final touches on the new Gene Dillon Elementary School on Wednesday in preparation for the new school year. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer) 3 / 3
BEMIDJI -- Delphinus, Ursa Minor, Pegasus, Cygnus. They’re constellations, but also the namesake for “houses” at Gene Dillon Elementary, Bemidji Area Schools’ new high-tech school for fourth- and fifth-graders that ...
Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education and health for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He is a Minneapolis native and a 2009 graduate of St. John's University. Before moving to Bemidji, Bowen covered education, local politics, crime, and everything in between for the Perham Focus in Perham, Minnesota, and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis.

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A Pearl Jam poster depicting a dead President Trump draws controversy in Montana Senate race

Pearl Jam (singer Eddie Vedder and drummer Matt Cameron) playing in 2013 at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
In their bid to unseat Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Republicans have seized on a new controversy: an apocalyptic poster depicting a dead President Trump that promoted a Pearl Jam concert ...

I knew how to be my disabled son's nurse, but I had to learn how to be his mom

The author holds her son, Charlie, who spent the first 10 weeks of his life in a hospital. MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Jamie Sumner.
No one tells you how gummy the electrodes are on a heart monitor. It's the kind of detail that gets lost when you consider why the monitor is needed in ...

Sanford to hold pediatric orthopedic screening

BEMIDJI -- Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center will host a pediatric orthopedic screening from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. The complimentary screening will evaluate if a ...


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