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Pilot injured when plane crashes in Hibbing
Feeding students, fueling minds: Red Lake School District opens new cafeteria with good nutrition a top priority (W/ VIDEO)
Terri’s the Teacher: Central Elementary School earns Teacher of the Year award from Bemidji schools
Crime report for Aug. 30
Hearing for Clearwater County man delayed
BSU football: Complaint filed against Tesch, who is on paid leave
BSU FOOTBALL: Head coach Tesch on 'leave of absence'
BOYS SOCCER: Lumberjacks explode in 12-1 win over Detroit Lakes
GOLF: Mackedanz wins Minnesota PGA Championship
SWIMMING AND DIVING: BHS falls to Brainerd
Ronald James Dehkes
Paul Jerome Gravel
Aaro August Tanney
John Patrick "Pat" Sargent
Cyndi Fenske: Goings on at the library in September
John Eggers: Find first day teacher success
MASTER GARDENERS: Slipping is not just for winter
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: The infinite nature of truth and reconciliation
John Eggers: Delight in the dog days of August
Patt Rall: Much music in Bemidj this week
ART BRIEFS - SUNDAY AUG. 28
The JOE-DOWN Reviews ‘Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2’
Inspired and inspiring: Big Daddy Weave takes the stage tonight at Sanford Center
Art briefs: Sunday Aug. 21
FISH TALES: David Abbott on Big Turtle Lake
MASTER GARDENERS: What is your lawn plethora at summer's end?
FISH TALES: Jude Hicks on Lake Marquette
Blane Klemek: Observations on the American crow
FISH TALES: Gunner Ganske on Swenson Lake
Lorraine Peck birthday
Edwina Batchelder birthday
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Community Band season was best ever
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time to think about school food as new school year nears
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many stepped forward to clean up cemetery
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why do women wear high-heel shoes?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reporters struggle to deal with Trump
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