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New Food Shelf event sprouts up: Inaugural fundraiser will help fund food bank’s farm project
UPDATED: Jury finds Rossbach guilty
Crews clean up chemical spill after train derailment near Superior
Biden planning campaign stop in Duluth on Friday
Actor Mark Ruffalo joins effort opposing pipeline, Dakota Access says trespassers will be ‘removed from the land’
BOYS SOCCER: BHS meets Mankato West in Class A state quarterfinals
FOOTBALL: Spuds blow out Jacks 48-0 in section playoffs
GIRLS SWIMMING: Lumberjacks edge Detroit Lakes
PREP FOOTBALL: Bagley blitzes Crookston, CL-B falls to Waubun
GIRLS TENNIS: Kelm making BHS tennis history as she prepares for state singles tourney (Updated)
Esther M. Decker
Dennis Allen McClimek
Keith Wayne Littler
Jennifer Ann Garbett Waye
KELSI TURNER COLUMN: On rejection
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Do you care to give?
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: As tradition goes
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: What will be your last words to someone?
KELSI TURNER COLUMN: How to harvest wild rice
Off The Record: Negan Was The Shot In The Arm ‘The Walking Dead’ Needed
PODCAST: The JOE-DOWN Reviews “KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park”
Famed musician Bobby Vee dies
BHS grad nominated for Bessie Award
Book signing with Barbara Schlichting
MASTER GARDENERS: Think differently about garden clean up
WATCH: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: The mice are everywhere it seems
PAUL NELSON FISHING: Lakes, rivers cooling a bit slower this year
New specialty license plates to go on sale
Share your Milestones in the Pioneer
Johnson anniversary celebration
MILESTONES: Gullickson-Boerboom engagement
MILESTONES: Dunbar birthday
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do you know what’s really scary?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop moral erosion with your votes
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let Congress fix health care dilemma
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: McMullin a refreshing alternative
Presidential Editorial: This time for president, none of the above
UPDATED: Jury finds Rossbach guilty
October 10, 2016
ELECTION 2016: Candidates spar over health care and more
BEMIDJI—Education, transportation, and health care issues surfaced frequently at a pair of Monday debates between Bemidji-area state legislative...
October 10, 2016 - 10:52pm
March 30, 2015
Persell, Saxhaug speak at Beltrami DFL convention
BEMIDJI -- Lower turnout in a non-election year didn’t deter the Beltrami County DFL from holding its annual convention and fundraising dinner...
March 30, 2015 - 9:13pm
March 11, 2015
LEGISLATURE: Persell authors bill to edit Columbus statue at Capitol
BEMIDJI -- Reporters normally hate corrections, but the media flocked Wednesday to a bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives...
March 11, 2015 - 5:38pm
November 5, 2014
UPDATED: Persell wins re-election bid for House District 5A
BEMIDJI -- John Persell, DFL- Bemidji, 64, won re-election in District 5A on Tuesday, defeating challenger Phillip Nelson. With all 70 precincts...
November 5, 2014 - 10:35am
November 1, 2014
Democrats rally in Bemidji: Nolan, Erickson, Persell make push ahead of Tuesday election
BEMIDJI -- About 50 Democrats braved chilly winds coming off Lake Bemidji on Saturday to see U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, Lt. Gov. candidate Tina Smith...
November 1, 2014 - 6:54pm
September 24, 2014
HIGHER EDUCATION: DFLers tout tentative tuition freeze extension
BEMIDJI -- With Election Day fast approaching, DFL legislators voiced their support for a possible two-year extension to Minnesota's public college tuition freeze Wednesday. Minnesota Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, along with Reps. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, and John Persell,...
September 24, 2014 - 11:34pm
August 13, 2014
Persell defeats Pederson in District 5A race
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, defeated primary challenger Lavern "Pedie" Pederson in the race Tuesday evening. Persell won with 85 percent to 15 percent with all 70 precincts reporting. Persell has held the seat in what is now District 5A since 2008, having...
August 13, 2014 - 11:55pm
PRIMARY ELECTION: Persell defeats Pederson in District 5A race
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, defeated primary challenger Lavern “Pedie” Pederson in the race Tuesday evening. Persell defeated Pederson with 85 percent of the vote to 15 percent with all 70 precincts reporting. Persell has held the seat in what...
August 13, 2014 - 9:30am
August 9, 2014
Persell, Pederson to face off in primary Tuesday
BEMIDJI -- Lavern "Pedie" Pederson will challenge incumbent member of the Minnesota House of Representatives John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, in the primary election Tuesday. Persell has held the seat since 2008, having been re-elected twice. Pederson previously ran for state office...
August 9, 2014 - 11:28pm
May 19, 2014
CITY COUNCIL: Saxhaug reflects on legislative work in 2014; Council grills him on “800-pound gorilla” of transportation funding
BEMIDJI -- Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, detailed to the Bemidji City Council on Monday what the Minnesota Legislature accomplished this...
May 19, 2014 - 10:00pm
May 22, 2013
Updated: City to receive $750,000 from Legislature for Paul Bunyan, Library parks
BEMIDJI —The city’s plans for redeveloping Paul Bunyan and Library parks will receive a huge boost from the state Legislature. Legislators...
May 22, 2013 - 2:09pm
May 18, 2013
Dayton signs Persell’s formaldehyde bill into law
BEMIDJI —Bill authored by a Bemidji lawmaker banning formaldehyde in children’s care products was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton Monday. The legislation, authored by Bemidji DFLer Rep. John Persell, bans manufacturers and wholesalers from selling care products in Minnesota,...
May 18, 2013 - 1:26am
Conference committee rejects Bemidji hospitality tax
BEMIDJI – The city of Bemidji’s hopes for a hospitality tax were effectively dashed Friday night at the State Capitol. After months of...
May 18, 2013 - 12:25am
May 9, 2013
Gay marriage bill passes House with help of local legislators
BEMIDJI — A historic vote to legalize gay marriage passed the state House Thursday afternoon with two local DFL legislators — Reps. John Persell of Bemidji and Roger Erickson of Baudette —voting yes. Persell delivered a passionate speech on the House floor during the debate,...
May 9, 2013 - 4:05pm