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Minnesota man sentenced for beating newborn 'like grown man'
Albrecht eyes fourth term: Mayor files for re-election to lead city
Beitel files for Beltrami County Sheriff
Former County Commissioner Vene files for Bemidji mayor
Filing open for November election
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter still on crutches but optimistic about recovery
Vikings LB Anthony Barr, waiting for contract extension, absent from OTAs
Commentary: With chance to make a difference, NFL punts on national anthem
Byron Buxton's speed turns routine single into double in a flash
Twins fall quietly to Tigers, 4-1
Zola Ann Peterson
Byron "Doc" Berry
Lois May Durkin
K.W. "Kenny" Dunlap
Fire up the grill for Memorial Day
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Are you in need of some old jokes?
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What do all the pine cones mean on transplanted spruce?
Dead or alive perennials, and how to tell
Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive the 2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
High heels can have health effects far beyond the feet
Barack and Michelle Obama are becoming television and film producers for Netflix
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding attracted more American viewers than Prince William's
Around the Arts, May 20
Wyoming may legalize trophy hunting of grizzly bears for the first time in 40 years
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: The surprises and wonder of the outdoors
PAUL NELSON FISHING: As waters warm up, so should the bite
Expensive fishing electronics require proper touch
Minnesota state park campsites booking fast
Area veteran says he’s suffering consequences of antimalarial drug prescribed during 148th Fighter Wing deployment
After late start, growers pleased with progress so far
Shortage of truckers starting to cause prices to rise
'A pretty powerful thing': Sanford rolling out new genetic test in primary care clinics
Insuring against online attacks: Coupled with improved security, insurance can help companies manage cyber risk
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Barb & Rick
Richard and Marvel Olson
Virg & Marge
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: One could question writer’s reason for defending AR-15
MASTER GARDENERS: Pollinators not limited to the bees or butterflies
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: The term 'water protectors' is about much more than protests
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June 19, 2017
Persell announces run for House comeback at DFL event
BEMIDJI -- Former House District 5A Rep. John Persell announced his run to win back the seat on Monday evening at a Beltrami County DFL fish...
June 19, 2017 - 7:02pm
November 9, 2016
Bliss unseats Persell in House 5A
BEMIDJI—Republican Matt Bliss defeated incumbent Democrat John Persell on Tuesday for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 5A race. After all 71 precincts in the district reported, Bliss had garnered 10,326 votes while 8,818 residents voted for Persell, who was seeking...
November 9, 2016 - 5:21pm
November 6, 2016
Persell honored as 'Legislator of the Year' by MARRCH
Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, was recently recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and...
November 6, 2016 - 7:20am
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.
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