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Bemidji grocer, community advocate Joe Lueken dies at 72
Daily arrests for July 21-22
Two hurt by falling tree as storm takes its toll
UPDATE: Girl injured in Eckles Township shooting Monday, suspect in custody
Franken rejects MPR debate
Bemidji Speedway: Hauber, Reed capture first feature races
Baseball: Legion begins postseason Thursday at Perham; Blue Ox hosts Cass Lake Monday
Beavers: Men's basketball, golf hold annual fundraising scrambles
BASEBALL: Bemidji Legion drops doubleheader against EGF
BEAVERS HOCKEY: Good day for golfing at Galen Nagle
Richard James Rude
Joseph "Joe" Anton Lueken
Frank Clark Loch
Blane Klemek: Keeping an eye on the kestrels
John Eggers: Building a new school is the right decision
Mints can fit right in here
John Eggers: Kids write to God ... and get answers
Blane Klemek: Some reading up on the Raven
‘Fargo’ Season 2 will be set in 1979, executive producer says
Switchfoot at Sanford Center
Art briefs - Sunday July 20
Pioneer Previews: Check out Art in the Park
2014 Bemidji Area Arts Endowment grants
Paul Nelson: Water temperatures remain cool in Bemidji area lakes
More boaters ticketed for invasive species violations
Paul Nelson: Surface water in Bemidji area lakes finally nears 70 degrees
Hunting: North Dakota spring pheasant population numbers on the rise
Kimmes anniversary celebrations
Letter: Former student calls for more comprehensive health education
Cokie & Steven V. Roberts: Small blow against gridlock
Rich Lowry: Obama’s hilarious lawlessness
Pioneer Viewpoints: Downtown getting some real boosts
JOe Gandelman: Inaccurate political rage
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...
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May 22, 2013 - 2:09pm
Dayton signs $15.7 billion education bill
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an education package that boosts spending on schools and scales back high-stakes testing. Dayton and Democratic legislators on Wednesday celebrated the $15.7 billion bill, which is about $485 million more than the...
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May 22, 2013 - 12:14pm
May 21, 2013
Bemidji to receive more LGA next year
BEMIDJI —City councilors agree that having more Local Government Aid dollars flow from the state to Bemidji is a good thing. But how it affects their budget and the services they provide has yet to be seen. The state Legislature adjourned late Monday after approving $80...
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May 21, 2013 - 6:00pm
May 20, 2013
Capitol, flooding, veterans, disaster end legislative session
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature decided to renovate the state Capitol building, help communities fight floods, give veterans a new facility and provide disaster assistance Monday night as it ended its 2013 session. Some votes were pending press time, but legislative leaders...
May 20, 2013 - 10:51pm
Legislative Notebook: Farmers await clarity on how tax bill affects them
ST. PAUL — Farmers are not sure how much more they will be taxed after the Democratic-controlled Legislature adopted a $2 billion tax increase. It appears farmers will pay sales tax on fertilizer stored in facilities they do not own and on equipment repair, but not parts. Rural...
May 20, 2013 - 8:57pm
Saxhaug: Progress made on veterans home proposal
BEMIDJI — Despite little being written into law this session on the Bemidji veterans home proposal, Sen. Tom Saxhaug said Monday progress has been made. The state government finance bill, which was set to be voted on Monday before the Legislature adjourned at midnight, did not...
May 20, 2013 - 8:54pm
House OKs $2 billion tax bill, Senate backs Capitol repair
ST. PAUL -- The keystone of Minnesota Democrats’ budget plans, $2 billion in tax increases, won House approval early today and the Senate pulled a surprise in the early morning hours by approving money to fund state Capitol building renovations. Faced with a midnight constitutional...
May 20, 2013 - 9:17am
May 18, 2013
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 debate in legislative hearings and at city hall, a joint House and Senate taxes committee declined to include the tax in its overall plan....
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May 18, 2013 - 12:25am
May 16, 2013
Smokers may help fund Vikings stadium construction
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislative tax negotiators tentatively approved a plan today to use cigarette tax increase funds and close corporate tax loopholes to provide backup Vikings stadium construction funds. Gov. Mark Dayton, who opposed cigarette tax increases when he campaigned...
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May 16, 2013 - 1:03pm
May 14, 2013
Key Minn. tax proposals to be finalized this week
ST. PAUL - Ten Minnesota lawmakers must decide exactly how to raise about $2 billion for the state, and they have plenty of work to do before the Legislature adjourns Monday. The joint House and Senate tax committee has a self-imposed Friday deadline to determine key pieces of the...
May 14, 2013 - 9:32pm
May 13, 2013
Minnesota senators ‘vote for love’
ST. PAUL — Love and marriage soon will go together for Minnesota gays like they do for straight couples. “Vote yes for love,” Minnesota Sen. Scott Dibble told his colleagues Monday. Enough senators agreed and gave the Minneapolis Democrat his wish of a Minnesota that allows...
May 13, 2013 - 9:51pm
May 9, 2013
Same-sex marriage opponents, supporters pack Capitol
ST. PAUL – Hundreds of people on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate stood side by side throughout the Minnesota Capitol waiting for the House’s decision Thursday. They found themselves next to people with opposite opinions on the controversial issue as they crowded...
May 9, 2013 - 6:44pm
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
May 7, 2013
Newspaper’s data access case hits Supreme Court
ROSEVILLE — The state Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case both sides say could have a significant impact on public data access. The case came before Minnesota’s highest court more than two years after Timberjay newspapers of Tower requested the details of a subcontract...
May 7, 2013 - 12:29am
May 6, 2013
N.D. mom who pushed DUI bill, cited for DUI
BOTTINEAU, N.D. – The mother of two boys killed by a drunken driver last summer was cited for driving under the influence after rolling her car last weekend, just days after she and her husband stood behind Gov. Jack Dalrymple as he signed a bill strengthening the state’s impaired...
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May 6, 2013 - 9:48pm