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Martina McBride to perform at Sanford Center
Testing the limits: School Board says revamping mandated state and federal testing systems is a top priority
Kade: Times Square(d): Bemidji youth to be featured in Times Square video presentation
Bemidji City Council, Red Lake Tribal Council meet
CITY COUNCIL: The pot thickens; Group proposes to start hydroponic medical marijuana farm in Bemidji
UPDATED: Vikings say Peterson will play Sunday
Girls soccer: Bemidji belts West Ottertail 8-0
Pat Miller: This week at BHS - Boys soccer team puts perfect record on the line
FOOTBALL: BSU offense sputters in home opener, Sioux Falls wins in rout
Fishing: Braten, Swenson team for Cabela's MWC championship
Melba Vienna Rockensock
Kimberly Ann Beaulieu
John Eggers: Who do you encourage in this world?
Patrick Guilfoile: Malaria, mosquitoes and fatal attraction
Consider cover crops
Art Lee: The demolition of ‘a fine old lady’ — a historical landmark gone (alas?)
Sue Bruns: The thing about dogs…
From concept to concerts: Long-planned Minnesota Orchestra residency is this week
Common Chords schedule
Pioneer Previews: Community Theater’s ‘On Golden Pond’ opens Friday
Artist works on mural
The Beach Boys officially coming to Bemidji
A half-century of wilderness: 1964 federal law set stage for the second ‘W’ in BWCAW
Blane Klemek: Oh, to be a bird for a day? Count me in
Paul Nelson: Boat control is important when fishing in the fall
Paul Nelson: Fish are constantly looking for abundant food sources
Paul Nelson: Slower presentations are effective as summer turns to fall
Letter: Jumpsuit, hood took BSU protest too far
Letter: Comic encourages children to smoke
Rich Lowry: Where’s the strategy to defeat ISIS?
Cokie & Steven V. Roberts: The health of democracy
Pioneer Editorial: AIS find is all too common
May 2, 2013
Legislative Notebook: Medical marijuana bill introduced ... for next year
ST. PAUL — People who have serious chronic illnesses such as cancer or multiple sclerosis could legally use marijuana to manage symptoms under a bill proposed in the Minnesota Legislature, a proposal even its supporters say will not see the light of day until next year. "It’s...
May 2, 2013 - 11:14pm
May 1, 2013
Senate looks at township aid
BEMIDJI —Ron Kinn isn’t sure how the Turtle River town board is going to compensate for the extra snowplowing costs from this winter season. “We’re just going to have to take a look at it, and maybe we’ll have to cut back on some of our other maintenance to make it up,”...
news / local
May 1, 2013 - 4:52pm
April 30, 2013
Minnesota tax plans vary
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House, Senate and governor’s tax plans vary in how they raise funds to cover a $627 million projected deficit and new investments. Here are some highlights from the three plans and how they compare: — Income taxes: Senate, raise third tier rate from...
April 30, 2013 - 12:52am
Senators pass tax bill following uncertainty
ST. PAUL – Minnesota senators passed a tax plan 35-31 Monday — eventually. It took two tries, but they moved the bill forward, nearly two hours after it initially failed 34-32 with seven Democrats voting no. The second vote set the stage for legislative leaders and Gov. Mark...
April 30, 2013 - 12:50am
House expands minimum wage bill
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House likely will approve a minimum wage increase later this week, after a committee Monday expanded the bill’s reach by doubling state-required parental leave for a new child. Under the amended measure by Rep Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, employers...
April 30, 2013 - 12:27am
April 22, 2013
Legislative Notebook: Day rally pushes clean energy
ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton said Minnesota should move toward cleaner energy and set a goal to eliminate power use from coal-fired plants, he told hundreds gathered at the Capitol. Those at the Monday rally pushed lawmakers to pass legislation setting solar electricity generation...
April 22, 2013 - 11:58pm
House OKs health funding without knowing hospital impact
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will Morgan,...
April 22, 2013 - 11:25pm
April 17, 2013
Moorhead visiting scholar prompts Capitol terrorism debate
ST. PAUL – A decision by Minnesota State University Moorhead to make a controversial figure a visiting scholar led state senators to argue whether public colleges and universities should be allowed to host or honor terrorists. Senators adopted a provision 58-6 Wednesday requiring...
April 17, 2013 - 7:18pm
April 15, 2013
House plan ups alcohol, cigarette, some income taxes
ST. PAUL – House Democrat leaders say they need to raise taxes on the richest Minnesotans’ incomes, alcohol and cigarettes to make funding top priorities possible. The extra $2.5 billion in revenue they would gain from new or expanded taxes would go to pay back state money owed...
April 15, 2013 - 10:26pm
April 9, 2013
House offers $800 million bonding bill
ST. PAUL -- The sponsor of the Minnesota House public works funding bill says it would help Minnesota continue its recovery from recession. Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, today unveiled House Democrats’ bill to fund construction projects such as those dealing with state-run colleges...
news / region
April 9, 2013 - 11:29am
Bill: Amnesty for intoxicated underage drinkers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposed state law would give underage drinkers protection from prosecution if they call 911 because of a medical emergency. Winona State and Minnesota State University are among colleges across the country that have a similar policy on campus. DFL Rep....
news / region
April 9, 2013 - 8:51am
April 8, 2013
Key parts of Dayton Bonding plan
ST. PAUL – Here are major areas where Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposes borrowing money to fund public works projects: — Capitol building restoration, $109 million — Capitol area parking facility, $15.7 million — Correction facility upgrades, $50.3 million — Rehabilitation...
April 8, 2013 - 11:09pm
Dayton bonding proposals range from small projects to fixing state Capitol
ST. PAUL – Minnesota would borrow money for relatively small projects, such as $775,000 to improve Clara City streets, to a massive one all Minnesotans would notice, like the planned $109 million Capitol building renovation, under the governor’s public works funding proposal....
April 8, 2013 - 11:04pm
DFLer eyes pro sports gear tax for Vikings stadium
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A leading House Democrat has introduced a bill to add the state sales tax to team jerseys and other pro sports memorabilia to help cover the state's share of the new Vikings stadium. The proposal released Monday by state Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington...
news / region
April 8, 2013 - 4:36pm
Dayton proposes $750 million bonding bill
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton says 21,000 people would get jobs if the Legislature funds his $750 million public works project proposal. The Democratic governor said he emphasized projects that are ready to begin. They would be funded by the state selling bonds. The biggest Dayton...
news / region
April 8, 2013 - 1:05pm