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AirCorps Aviation donates to Sanford Health Foundation
Birchmont Drive assessments back before the council
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KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: Together we can face any crisis
ART LEE: Yup, those little things in life sure count
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Bemidji Chorale ushers in Christmas season
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Jimmy Fallon to host live Super Bowl edition of ‘The Tonight Show’ in Minneapolis
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Deer season is here
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BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Whether snow or no, buntings well worth the wait
MASTER GARDENERS: To till or not to till
Delbert & Linda Olson
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JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Bookstores, Bobby and Buttons
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Tooting your own horn could help others
November 16, 2017
Greater Bemidji to hold public meeting on wellness complex
BEMIDJI—Officials from Greater Bemidji Economic Development will host a public meeting next week to provide more information on a proposed...
November 16, 2017 - 7:28pm
November 15, 2017
Time to talk hospitality tax: Business community supports 2 percent proposal, city has some questions
BEMIDJI—A new 2 percent hospitality tax idea that could bring in $1.25 million annually has received support from the Bemidji lodging/business...
November 15, 2017 - 7:37pm
May 3, 2017
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hospitality tax? Bad idea
The city of Bemidji wants to raise $900,000 by increasing sales tax by 1.5 percent on restaurants, bars and hotels in Bemidji. The sales pitch...
May 3, 2017 - 8:00am
March 16, 2017
LETTER TO THE EDTIOR: Study the alternatives to hospitality tax
I am writing in regard to the commentary written by Nate Mathews, Bemidji city manager ("Hospitality tax 2.0," March 9) on imposing a hospitality...
March 16, 2017 - 9:24am
March 12, 2017
NATE MATHEWS COLUMN: Hospitality Tax 2.0
In 2017, the city of Bemidji invites the community to have a conversation about providing property tax relief through a hospitality tax on food,...
March 12, 2017 - 11:26am
February 7, 2015
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hospitality tax unfair way to cover city's mistakes
I get tired of fulminating against the Sanford Center, but that zombie project refuses to die and leave us in peace. This year, the white elephant (a white elephant is a possession that its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion...
February 7, 2015 - 10:27pm
April 26, 2013
Hospitality tax clears House
BEMIDJI – The Minnesota House approved its tax bill Wednesday night, and with it, a provision allowing the city of Bemidji to impose a hospitality tax. The omnibus tax bill, a massive document filled with various tax-related provisions, cleared the House floor on a 69-64 vote. Among...
April 26, 2013 - 12:07am
April 18, 2013
Hospitality tax included in House bill
BEMIDJI – A bill allowing the city of Bemidji to impose a hospitality tax cleared a major hurdle Wednesday night. That’s when the House Taxes Committee passed its omnibus tax bill with the hospitality tax provision included. It now heads to the Ways and Means Committee before...
April 18, 2013 - 11:42pm
April 13, 2013
Don’t be fooled by proponents of the city’s hospitality tax
First off I’d like to express my empathy for the city of Bemidji property taxpayers, especially the ones who took the opportunity to vote against the sales tax extension to slowly pay off the event center. I’m sure most of you remember your city council and city manager stating...
April 13, 2013 - 9:52pm
Hospitality tax is being promoted without consensus in Bemidji
Fast food, restaurant and bar patrons are being singled out to finance the so-called city hospitality tax. Hotels will more than likely be excluded as lodging tax is used for promotions and not infrastructure for event centers. Establishments outside the city limits and city liquor...
April 13, 2013 - 12:49am
March 29, 2013
Hospitality tax headed to Senate
BEMIDJI – The debate over a hospitality tax in Bemidji is heating up. In the weeks since a bill allowing the city to impose the tax was heard in the state House, boardroom discussions and letters to the editor in the Pioneer have focused on the tax. And on Wednesday morning, the...
March 29, 2013 - 11:24pm
What’s next if hospitality tax isn’t enough?
I’ve found myself pleasantly entertained by the recent letters to the editor regarding the Bemidji hospitality tax. However, it seems to me that we are arguing about the wrong topic. The Sanford Center, which is an actual business that competes with some local venues, is not supposed...
March 29, 2013 - 11:08pm
March 27, 2013
Hospitality tax affects all who stay, eat, drink
In a March 23 letter, Mr. Tom Cooper expressed outrage over opposition to a proposed new 1 percent additional sales tax in Bemidji. He said patrons of hotels and not owners would be taxed and asserted it would be fair because those patrons enjoy the Sanford Center. The actual legislation,...
March 27, 2013 - 11:14pm
March 23, 2013
Hospitality tax opposition is galling
As a city resident and homeowner, I was encouraged to read of progress being made toward the passage of a local hospitality tax. This tax on patrons, not hotel and restaurant owners, would provide some financial support from those coming to Bemidji to enjoy events at the Sanford Center,...
March 23, 2013 - 9:49pm
March 13, 2013
Local hospitality tax bill heard in House committee
BEMIDJI – A bill to allow the city of Bemidji to impose a tax on purchases at restaurants and hotels to help fund the Sanford Center cleared a legislative hurdle Wednesday afternoon. The hospitality tax bill was heard in the property and local tax division of the House taxes committee,...
March 13, 2013 - 11:40pm