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Last of the Really Cold Nights?
HEALTH CARE: 3 'adverse health events' reported at Sanford Bemidji; Numbers are part of statewide initiative to improve patient care
City releases names of manager candidates; Interviews scheduled for March 3, will be open to public
Crime report for Feb. 25
Daily arrests for Feb. 25-26
MEN'S HOCKEY: Beavers ready for 'cage match' at Ferris State (W/VIDEO)
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: BSU heads to Duluth for playoff opener (W/VIDEO)
BOYS BASKETBALL: Cass Lake-Bena dominates Blackduck, Fosston beats Kelliher/Northome
BOYS BASKETBALL: Red Lake beats Laporte 87-45
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Senske named NSIC Freshman of the Year
Rev. Vernon A. Nelson
David M. Reinard
Michael J. Benson
John Eggers: How cold is it?
Northland Stargazing: Open clusters, saints' days, and the vernal equinox
Cyndi Fenske: March into the Library
Patrick Guilfoile: Shining light on obesity
A NATIVE VOICE: Education: What is it?
To play in Paris: Bemidji organist to perform this summer at Notre Dame Cathedral
Pioneer Previews: Much to do as March approaches
Art briefs - Sunday Feb. 22
Pioneer Previews: Time to 'Go for Baroque' with the BSO
Art briefs - Sunday Feb. 22
Blane Klemek: Here one day and gone the next
DNR to fly elk surveys in northwest Minnesota
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Poutin’ time: 35th annual Eelpout Festival starts Friday
Blane Klemek: The mystery of Minnesota's black bears
Outdoors notebook for Feb. 13
Byron York: White House traps itself in terrorism word games
Danny Tyree: ‘The Sound of Music’ turns 50
Joe Guzzardi: Obama’s overreach
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: There are two sides to entitlement programs
Tom Purcell: Snow’s silver lining
May 22, 2014
Letter: State Legislature was friendly to college students
Bemidji State University students will remember the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions for their dramatic shifts away from harmful cuts and movement toward the long-awaited investments that began to address the unsustainable epidemic of student debt. These new investments — a vital...
opinion / letters
May 22, 2014 - 11:36pm
May 17, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Medical marijuana took a strange trip
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton said early in the year that medical marijuana would not pass the Minnesota Legislature this year. Dayton said that there would not be enough time in a short legislative session (it began Feb. 25) to reach a compromise between law enforcement officers...
May 17, 2014 - 10:44pm
Just-ended Minnesota legislative session was personal
ST. PAUL — Minnesota state Sen. Kent Eken fought for years to increase pay for those who care for the elderly and disabled, but as state legislators wound down their 2014 session, he made it personal. “I had a brother who was intellectually disabled,” Eken said about Kyle,...
May 17, 2014 - 10:40pm
Minnesota Legislature acts on lots of issues
ST. PAUL — The 2014 Minnesota Legislature ended late Friday with a long list of actions. Bonding Lawmakers approved more than $1 billion for public works projects on the last day of the session, some funded by bonding and some by a state budget surplus. The biggest single project...
May 17, 2014 - 10:35pm
Pipeline measures allow Legislature to flow to the end
ST. PAUL — Pipe dreams expressed early in the 2014 Minnesota legislative session gave way to pipelines as it neared an end Friday night. The House adjourned for the year at 8:59 p.m. Friday, with the Senate to follow after it finished debating a budget bill after two pipeline issues...
May 17, 2014 - 2:24am
Legislature: Construction spending up, taxes down slightly
ST. PAUL — Public construction projects across the state will receive more than $1 billion while some Minnesotans’ property taxes will fall slightly after legislators wrapped up two key bills Friday. When Gov. Mark Dayton signs the measure, which is expected soon, public works...
May 17, 2014 - 2:22am
May 15, 2014
Minnesota Legislature: Smartphone ‘kill switch’ required
ST. PAUL — Minnesota smartphones next year must include a way to disable them when stolen. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Wednesday requiring mobile telephone companies to include “kill switches” on smartphones and connected tablets sold beginning July 1, 2015. This...
May 15, 2014 - 12:05am
Minnesota Legislature: Bonding bill due in House, but GOP balks
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House expects to debate a public works funding bill today without a controversial house fire sprinkler provision and with partial funding for a southwest Minnesota water project, but possibly without enough Republican support for the statewide construction...
May 15, 2014 - 12:02am
May 14, 2014
Minnesota Legislature: Oil safety provisions avoid pipelines
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are on the verge of considering a bill that would help prevent oil train disasters and respond better if they occur, but the bill includes nothing about pipeline safety. That does not sit well with Gov. Mark Dayton and House Transportation Finance...
May 14, 2014 - 11:49pm
May 10, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Sunday sales an evergreen issue
ST. PAUL — Rod Skoe doesn’t understand why Sunday drinkers can’t plan ahead. Roger Reinert doesn’t understand why the state puts Minnesota liquor stores at a disadvantage to those in Wisconsin. The two Democratic state senators usually vote alike, but are on different sides...
May 10, 2014 - 10:50pm
House, Dayton put Minnesota closer to medical marijuana
ST. PAUL —Friday was a good day for Jeremy Pauling and others who long have worked to make medical marijuana legal in Minnesota. An overwhelming...
May 10, 2014 - 12:23am
May 9, 2014
The Minnesota Legislature’s end is near
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House takes up medical marijuana today in what could be a debate lasting well into the night, while pieces fall into place on tax and spending bills as the Minnesota Legislature nears the end of its 2014 session. Debate on the much-discussed proposal to...
May 9, 2014 - 5:20pm
Negotiators agree to new type of ‘Jesse checks’
ST. PAUL — Farmers, homeowners, renters and businesses would share $103 million in a second round of Minnesota tax cuts after negotiators worked out a compromise that is expected to pass the Legislature next week. Lawmakers from both parties hailed the agreement Thursday, saying...
May 9, 2014 - 5:03pm
May 7, 2014
Minnesota Senate OKs medical marijuana
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesotans suffering conditions they feel only marijuana can help cheered Tuesday as senators overwhelmingly approved using extracts from the plant for medical uses. Meanwhile, state representatives prepared to debate the issue as early...
May 7, 2014 - 12:01am