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UPDATE: High-speed chase in Bemidji ends in fatality
Just keep swimming. . . : Local scuba diving aficionado loves life underwater
Finding fair fun in Beltrami County: More than 27,000 expected to attend annual summer event
Horse and Pony Pull back at the Grandstand
Beltrami County Fair schedule
Rodeo returns to the fair
BIRCHMONT BEGINS: Brink shoots low round in first day of Men’s Championship qualifying
BASKETBALL: BSU men set to return to Northern Iowa
VFW Baseball: Bemidji advances to state tournament
Bemidji Speedway: Berg wins Pure Stock Challenge race
Youth baseball: Bemidji places second in 14-year-old state tournament
Jean Marie Little
Charles Thomas Sr.
Charles W. Thomas
John Eggers: Old advice is good advice: Use your brain
Patrick Guilfoile: Are our friends really family?
Blane Klemek: Several species of swallows thrive in Minnesota
What's new at the Beltrami County Fair Horticulture Area
Blane Klemek: Keeping an eye on the kestrels
‘Fargo’ Season 2 will be set in 1979, executive producer says
Art briefs - Sunday July 27
'Northern Bass' should be caught at Lake Bemidji State Park
Switchfoot at Sanford Center
Art briefs - Sunday July 20
Minnesota scales back deer hunt: Most areas in and around Bemidji will be in lottery zones
Hunting: DNR officials set 2014 wolf target harvest at 250 animals
Paul Nelson: Anglers switch to summer patterns on Bemidji area lakes
Single zebra mussel confirmed in Green Lake
Paul Nelson: Water temperatures remain cool in Bemidji area lakes
Kimmes anniversary celebrations
Pioneer editorial: The Lueken legacy
Cokie & Steven V. Roberts: What would Jesus say?
Proliferation of wolves threatens deer population
We all should be concerned about national security
John Lloyd/Reuters: As Israel attacks Gaza, Jews elsewhere feel an impact
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...
opinion / commentary
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...
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