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Detail-loving, behind-the-scenes organizer helps Honor Flights cruise smoothly
RiverWood Bank promotes Smith
Essig hired at Security Bank USA
Kraus-Anderson earns Governor's Safety Award
Barta returns to Bemidji State
Rays' 15th-inning blasts sink Twins
Kisner earns one-shot win at Dean & Deluca Invitational
Feng limps to one-stroke LPGA victory despite two late bogeys
Sato becomes first Japanese driver to win Indy 500
Preview: Predators at Penguins
Vernon Vanden Berg
Adren "Ade" Mann
Myrtle "Elaine" Miller
John Ted Iverson
LIBRARY CORNER: Ready for summer at the Library
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Making a case for wood ticks
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Make the last day of school a good day
SUSTAINABILITY COLUMN: Bemidji is ‘Home Sweet Home’ for the birds
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: Critical Race Theories: What are they all about?
Intermediate Watercolors class with Jane Freeman
Young Songwriters Workshop set for June 17
Season tickets for 2017-18 BSO season
Cass Lake Bena student wins Congressional Art Competition
‘Color of Life’ exhibit at library
Public celebration at Big Bog
FISH TALES: Pam Johnson on Lake Winnie
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Warmer temps should lead to better bite
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: House sparrows and European starlings are hardy survivors
New upgrades at Norway Beach campgrounds
Torry's Van Benefit
AstroBob: Observing alert -- space station marathon is underway
Column: Lessons from a great leader
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tanner left an indelible mark on many lives
25 ways to slow down and enjoy the summer
POW! BAM! WHAM! How to put the ARRRRR back in America.
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. 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