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U.S. Republican Senator McCain will return Tuesday for healthcare vote
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Bemidji Councilors review 2016 city audit findings
United Way aims high with Trap Shooting Tournament fundraiser
Crime report for July 21 - 23
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JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Can we obtain a 'perfect Union'?
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VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: The natural laws are all around us
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Justin Bieber reportedly ‘over it,’ cancels stadium tour, including U.S. Bank Stadium show
WE Fest versus Bruno: What did you decide?
Arts briefs, Sunday, July 23
PATT RALL COLUMN: Lots of choices for arts today in the region
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BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Smart and friendly: Meet the gray jays
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MASTER GARDENERS: The cut-flower pathway
FISH TALES: Al Shervold on Upper Red Lake
Starry Trek comes to Beltrami County: Volunteers needed for Aug. 5 event to help search for starry stonewort
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Brett & Sadie Bahr
Vern and Mary Lathe
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nothing but just plain foolish
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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