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Paul Gazelka: The Brainerd man for the statewide Republican moment
As Nolan votes, challengers hit back on taxes
Music and movement: Council of Indian Students hosts 46th annual pow-wow at BSU
Night We Light celebration to shine even brighter
Craft fair funds middle school fun
Denver uses power-play goals to get split
'Dogs fit to be split: Miami rallies to down UMD and earn split of NCHC series
Oshie, Holtby guide Capitals past Wild
SOCCER: BHS teams decorated after state tourney seasons
Shuster rink wins U.S. Olympic curling trials
Daniel Lee Spigarelli
Roland "Ron" Patterson
Enice Alvina Nordlund
Great Christmas gifts for gardeners available online
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: Together we can face any crisis
ART LEE: Yup, those little things in life sure count
DOUG LEWANDOWSKI: The far shores of life
SUE BRUNS: Fine China, from the Red Owl
Why is Peter Dinklage still stuck playing characters defined by dwarfism?
From Fred and Ginger to Kate and Leo: When movie couples make fans hope for real-life love
Jimmy Fallon to host live Super Bowl edition of ‘The Tonight Show’ in Minneapolis
PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: Running into Winter
Garth Brooks lip-syncing controversy at the CMA Awards really hit a nerve
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Deer season is here
AREA DEER OPENER PREVIEW: Deer numbers up throughout region
2017 DEER OPENER: Officials say 'fantastic' deer season ahead
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Whether snow or no, buntings well worth the wait
MASTER GARDENERS: To till or not to till
Delbert & Linda Olson
Tom & Linda Peterson
Commentary: Don't hold your breath for a 'reckoning' on Bill Clinton
I'm a feminist. I study rape culture. And I don't want Al Franken to resign.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: High school bowlers grateful for support
Tooting your own horn could help others
Commentary: No man accused of sexually harassing a woman is irreplaceable - not even Al Franken
April 14, 2017
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Take off automatic inflator for business taxes
Fair and balanced. No, this is not an editorial about a cable television network, which is itself making the news this week. Rather, we are talking about taxes. Specifically, property taxes and those paid by Minnesota businesses. In a recent visit to the Pioneer, Jim Pumarlo, director...
April 14, 2017 - 6:00am
March 23, 2017
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Some congratulations and thanks yous are in order
Like Lake Bemidji itself, the state park that shares its name is a jewel nestled among the tall trees in this area we call home. And part of what makes Lake Bemidji State Park such a wondrous place are the people. People like John Fylpaa. The LBSP naturalist will be calling it a career...
March 23, 2017 - 9:39am
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Have an opinion? Write us a letter
Have an opinion to share with the community? We don't care if you are right, left, or right down the middle politically. We welcome all letters, and we print virtually all the local letters to the editor we receive, as long as they meet long-established criteria. Letters must be signed...
February 23, 2017 - 9:30am
February 14, 2017
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: A Water Carnival for everyone
When organizers moved the annual Water Carnival festival from near Paul and Babe downtown to the Sanford Center because of park reconstruction, there were immediate cries of foul, as many thought the downtown business district was being left behind. Now, after two years at the Sanford...
February 14, 2017 - 7:30am
January 17, 2017
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Come around to roundabouts
In the movie "Jaws," when Chief Brody and oceanographer Matt Hooper are trying to explain the danger to the town of Amity by a rogue Great White shark, Mayor Vaughn smugly says: "Martin, it's all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell shark, we've...
January 17, 2017 - 8:31am
January 10, 2017
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Warming up to some good news in a cold week
The first week of January sure did deliver with some highs and lows. The lows were in the form of temperatures, as a winter deep freeze settled in for the Bemidji area. So, let’s concentrate on the highs, the good news of the past week. While it will be a different downtown Bemidji...
January 10, 2017 - 7:19am
January 3, 2017
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Move transportation funding into the fast lane
A universal you hear about government: fix the darn roads. Well, in Minnesota the past two years, legislators have failed their road test. Transportation funding has been a much discussed topic the past two legislative sessions. And it will be again when the session starts Tuesday,...
January 3, 2017 - 11:27am
December 6, 2016
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Perseverance pays off
It’s always good to end the season on a win. And the Bemidji State University football team did just that Saturday. And now they are bowl champions. BSU topped the Washburn University Ichabods 36-23 to win the Mineral Water Bowl title on Saturday in Excelsior, Mo., for the school’s...
December 6, 2016 - 10:22am
November 29, 2016
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: Christmastime in the First City!
The holidays are a time for coming together. And Bemidji does the holidays right. Hats off to the Bemidji Jaycees for the annual First City of Lights Celebration, which included the ever-popular Night We Light Parade as well as other events. The lights that adorn the downtown area...
November 29, 2016 - 5:18am
November 21, 2016
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Respect the #BemidjiRespect movement
The #BemidjiRespect campaign started last week is definitely something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week in Bemidji. The initiative was...
November 21, 2016 - 6:48pm
October 18, 2016
PIONEER VIEWPOINTS: A time for change
In order for change, action must be taken. The Bemidji City Council's recent approval to recognize Oct. 10 as Indigenous People's Day/Treaty Day is a small step, an action, in the right direction.
October 18, 2016 - 5:56am
September 5, 2016
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Learn back-to-school safety
The Tuesday after Labor Day is the traditional return to school for K-12 students in Minnesota. We hope students didn't forget any of their lessons over the summer months. And that goes for us, too. Because while we worry students may slip back into some bad habits during summer break,...
September 5, 2016 - 4:33pm
August 15, 2016
Pioneer Editorial: Clean, drain and dispose
Last week's announcement that another aquatic invasive species has been found in an area lake serves as yet another reminder of the importance of keeping area waters clean. According to a DNR press release, staff discovered starry stonewort, an invasive form of macro algae that can...
August 15, 2016 - 8:09pm
July 11, 2016
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Making music on the Mississippi
Based on the first week's turnout, we think there's a bright future ahead for Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront This past Wednesday, Patty and The Buttons took the stage on the lakefront, just north of Paul and Babe and the visitor's center. Lawn chairs and blankets dotted...
July 11, 2016 - 9:45pm
May 2, 2016
PIONEER EDITORIAL: Coming together, moving ahead
What makes Bemidji a strong community was visible several times recently.
May 2, 2016 - 10:13pm