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Just around the corner for Culver's: Owner excited to bring ‘Butterburgers’ to Bemidji
Wrapping up 18 years of holiday cheer: Christmas Forest tree farm to close after this season
Polar vortex redux? Forecasters say it could hit next week
Blackduck boys basketball a mix of youth, experience
MEN'S HOCKEY: BSU skates to 1-1 draw with LSSU, wins first-ever shootout
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jacks fall short to Apollo
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Northern knocks off Bemidji State
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers fall flat in 88-61 loss
BHS wrestling in action at Brainerd
Glenn Arnold Conlon
Cloyd Olaf Kilde
Bruce Robert Smith
PRIME TIME: From grieving a loss to celebrating a life
PRIME TIME: A fiery idea for a motion picture
PRIME TIME: Readers Theater volunteers bring performances to elementary schools
PRIME TIME: No pain, no strain, just gain at the Activity Center
PRIME TIME: ‘LAWKI,’ or Life As We Know It
After offending American Indians, Ralphie May backs Standing Rock
Chorale to bring 'Peace' to Bemidji
Art classes scheduled
PATT RALL COLUMN: Singing and dancing toward Christmas
A few new twists: Madrigal Dinners to satirize politics
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Winter here, ice fishing will start soon
Where to fish when the lakes freeze: Numerous destinations within a few hours’ drive
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Trees, plainly put, are amazing life forms
Northwest Minnesota deer kill up from last year
Christmas bird count at Rydell refuge
Share your Milestones in the Pioneer
Johnson anniversary celebration
MILESTONES: Gullickson-Boerboom engagement
MILESTONES: Dunbar birthday
PRIME TIME: Traveling through the landscapes
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We deserve respectable representation in government
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Country deserves better from its president
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s restore integrity to election process
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Perseverance pays off
August 16, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Politicians fake news sites
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL —Some political organizations are setting up websites that look like they are run by news organizations, but instead of objective news they deliver heavy doses of partisan propaganda. The National Republican Congressional Committee is one...
August 16, 2014 - 11:23pm
August 9, 2014
Capitol Chatter: McFadden’s Chinese steel comment at Farmfest thrown back at him by Democrats
Don Davis Forum News Service REDWOOD FALLS — Republicans have courted Minnesota Iron Range voters by strongly supporting proposed copper-nickel mines as a new way to make money from the land. In recent months, GOP candidates have made visit after visit to the normally Democratic...
August 9, 2014 - 11:11pm
July 26, 2014
Capitol Chatter: White House touts new rural investment fund
ST. PAUL —The Obama administration says it is trying to connect people with money to those in rural America who need funds. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, announced that the administration is setting up a $10 billion fund to jump-start investments...
July 26, 2014 - 11:12pm
July 19, 2014
Capitol Chatter: U.S. House races bring in money, too
ST. PAUL — Everyone knew that U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Mike McFadden will run rich campaigns if they face off in November, as expected, but a couple of mostly rural U.S. House races involve more money than usual. Northern and east-central Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District...
July 19, 2014 - 10:40pm
July 12, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Renewable fuels group blasts big oil
ST. PAUL —The Renewable Fuels Association says major oil companies strong-arm retailers that sell gasoline under their brand names to avoid using any more plant-based ethanol than legally necessary. Independent gasoline stations are four to six times more likely to sell higher...
July 12, 2014 - 10:37pm
July 5, 2014
Capitol Chatter: It’s truckers vs. farmers on biodiesel mandate
ST. PAUL — Adding something to a petroleum-based fuel always has been controversial, so it should be no surprise that soybean-based biodiesel brings disputes. “It’s blatantly unfair and costly to the trucking industry,” President John Hausladen of the Minnesota Trucking Association...
July 5, 2014 - 10:57pm
June 28, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Greater Minnesota cities’ group leads in lobbying costs
ST. PAUL —An organization representing greater Minnesota cities continues to lead spending of local government lobbying groups. State Auditor Rebecca Otto’s office reports that the latest information, for 2013, shows the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities spent $835,674 on...
June 28, 2014 - 11:00pm
June 25, 2014
New Minnesota budget helps rural schools
ST. PAUL — A revised two-year Minnesota state budget that starts Tuesday is good news, rural education advocates say. Rich suburban school districts have done well at raising residents’ taxes to improve their budgets, and the state has done a good job of boosting urban districts’...
June 25, 2014 - 11:30pm
June 11, 2014
Paul Marquart: A great session for Greater Minnesota
We face unique economic challenges in Greater Minnesota that are too often ignored by our policymakers in the State Capitol. But these last two years were different. The Minnesota State Legislature has just completed the 2014 session and these were excellent sessions for us in Greater...
June 11, 2014 - 11:41pm
June 7, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Minnesota primary to be different
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans seldom duke it out in primary elections, but the Aug. 12 vote features a pair of GOP contests worth watching. In the Republican U.S. Senate race, unlikely party endorsee Mike McFadden will face Jim Abeler, who received...
June 7, 2014 - 10:51pm
May 31, 2014
Capitol Chatter: The Minnesota ‘L’ gets lots of political attention
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Few people other than politicians think about the Minnesota “L.” But the L is very important this election year as statewide offices and state House seats are up for election. Politicians are eager to get votes from rural Minnesotans...
May 31, 2014 - 11:25pm
May 24, 2014
Capitol Chatter: Minnesota political conventions provide interesting about-face
Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL — People attending next weekend’s Minnesota state political conventions may wonder if they are in the right place. Democratic-Farmer-Labor party delegates meet in Duluth, while Republicans are packing their bags for Rochester. But once...
May 24, 2014 - 10:38pm
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...
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