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Lions Club sponsors delegates to attend conference
DoubleTree employees donate to local groups
HOUSING: 60-unit Park Place Apartments to break ground Monday near downtown Bemidji
'We're going to stand with them': Bemidji organization, others from community work to stop DAPL
VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY: Ready for the burn
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers ousted late by Moorhead
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Dragons double up BSU
MEN'S HOCKEY: Beavers win, get five-point weekend
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bemidji beats Apollo for first win
BHS wrestlers finish eighth at Brainerd
Eleanor Ann Breuer
Glenn Arnold Conlon
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: The reclusive Brown creeper of the forest
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
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
LETTER TO THE EDTIOR: Local pageant set apart from others
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
December 5, 2016
Council hears final presentation on 2017 budget and tax levy
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Finance Director Ron Eischens gave a comprehensive breakdown of the city's proposed 2017 budget and levy Monday. The report, given before the council opened the meeting for a truth in taxation hearing, detailed the $37.8 million budget that's been proposed for...
December 5, 2016 - 8:22pm
December 4, 2016
Bemidji City Council to review street projects
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji City Council will be in a position to advance the process for 2017 street projects when it meets Monday. The council will receive a staff recommendation to adopt feasibility reports for two projects coming up in the next construction season. The first is...
December 4, 2016 - 9:34am
December 2, 2016
Minnesota expects $1.4 billion budget surplus
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota policymakers should have a $1.4 billion available when they start to draw up a two-year state budget in a month, state officials announced Friday, Dec. 2. "Minnesota’s budget and economic outlook remains stable, despite continued slow economic growth," Minnesota...
December 2, 2016 - 9:40am
November 29, 2016
Volunteer tax preparers needed
BEMIDJI -- Volunteer tax counselors are needed for the AARP and Senior Activity Center tax assistance program for seniors and lower income individuals and families.Volunteers will receive computer and tax preparation training before becoming certified. The training will be provided...
November 29, 2016 - 6:06am
September 28, 2016
Conservative group faults Minnesota tax law
ST. PAUL -- A conservative group says Minnesota's taxes are the 46th most competitive in the country. The Tax Foundation reported on Wednesday, Sept. 28, that when considering corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes, Minnesota finished near the...
September 28, 2016 - 5:18pm
EDUCATION: School board approves scaled-down Q Comp plan
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools board members unanimously approved a scaled-down version of the district's first-ever "Q Comp" plan Wednesday, about two weeks after school district administrators said the state unexpectedly gave the green light to a prior iteration of the plan....
September 28, 2016 - 5:00pm
September 21, 2016
EDUCATION: School district, teachers union scramble to meet new 'Q Comp' deadline
BEMIDJI—Local education leaders await a decision from the Minnesota Department of Education on a hastily revised "Q Comp" plan after the department approved the school district's original plan more quickly than anticipated. If approved, the new plan—which outlines structures...
September 21, 2016 - 8:58pm
September 20, 2016
Beltrami County levy to increase 3.98 percent after 3-2 vote
BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners moved the budget process forward Tuesday by adopting the proposed 2017 property tax levy in a 3-2 vote. The levy, introduced to commissioners at their Sept. 6 meeting, totals at $20,939,029, a 3.98 percent increase over the previous...
September 20, 2016 - 9:11pm
September 19, 2016
EDUCATION: Bemidji School Board certifies $10.8M levy spread
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Schools leaders certified on Monday a preliminary levy that's 9.85 percent higher than last year's. At district staff's recommendation, the School Board approved a total maximum levy of $10.84 million, up $972,000 from last year. The board can elect...
September 19, 2016 - 9:16pm
September 5, 2016
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: County to make decision on environmental review for new school
BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will have the option to move Bemidji Area Schools to the permitting phase for building a new elementary school or request further environmental reviews from the district this afternoon. Today's decision relates to the district...
September 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
August 8, 2016
CITY GOVERNMENT: Bemidji officials talk 2017 budget
BEMIDJI—Bemidji residents could potentially see a 3.2 percent overall tax levy increase if Minnesota legislators don't hold a special session. During a City Council work session Monday, Bemidji Finance Director Ron Eischens gave a report on the 2017 budget, and discussed financial...
August 8, 2016 - 7:20pm
CITY GOVERNMENT: 10-year snapshot shows why Bemidji property taxes increase
BEMIDJI -- As the city of Bemidji has grown in the past 10 years, so have costs associated with new buildings and amenities to meet expanding needs. In a financial summary report based on 2015 numbers, the property tax levy was shown as rising from $2,160,313 in 2005 to $4,530,636...
August 8, 2016 - 10:17am
July 15, 2016
LEGISLATURE: Governor, leaders say they are near special session deal
ST. PAUL -- A special Minnesota legislative session to approve tax cuts, transportation projects and public works construction could happen in...
July 15, 2016 - 6:21pm
June 13, 2016
PROPERTY TAXES: Less than 1 percent increase expected: Councilors get 2017 budget preview at Monday work session
BEMIDJI -- Based on preliminary numbers, the property tax increase for Bemidji residents should only be 0.5 percent in 2017. Bemidji's Finance...
June 13, 2016 - 7:37pm
June 6, 2016
LEGISLATURE: Tax cuts, public works funding futures dark
ST. PAUL -- Legislation that could give tax breaks to a majority of Minnesotans appeared to be on a slow-motion slide to its death Monday, perhaps...
June 6, 2016 - 3:48pm