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To help solve a $5 billion state budget deficit, DFL candidate Mark Thorson would "fuel the engine" with investments that pay back, he said Thursday night. But he doesn't yet know where the infusion of money would come from, other than suggesting borrowing it and having it paid back by the return on investment. Thorson, a Fergus Falls sand and gravel contractor who lives in his hometown Bemidji, held a 90-minute solo "forum" with about 50 people curious about his campaign. He faces Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, in the Aug.
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and newly confirmed Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will keynote groundbreaking ceremonies Saturday at Bemidji Regional Airport. Airport officials were also working to arrange U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's schedule to attend the kickoff of the passenger terminal energy upgrade and renovation. The 1:30 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony for the $8 million airport terminal expansion and renovation also features regional FAA and state Department of Transportation aeronautics officials. Oberstar, DFL-8th District, is chairman of the U.S.
Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, one of the Legislature's health care architects, will hold a town hall forum with Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, on Wednesday. The forum is 10 a.m.
The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is requesting the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow it to put 11 acres of land in Beltrami County into trust. The Red Lake Band-owned land is located adjacent to the reservation boundary in northwest Shotley Township with southeast Upper Red Lake shoreline. The application for trust acquisition will be reviewed by the Beltrami County Board at its 3 p.m.
The Headwaters Regional Development Commission needs to keep evolving to succeed, says Executive Director Cliff Tweedale. "We can do more -- we can do better," Tweedale said Thursday to the HRDC Board of Directors at its annual meeting in Bemidji. "We need to ask ourselves, what is the next big thing?" Tweedale presented a strategy for the future, tempered with one thought: "It's not about strategy, it's about attitude.
Since July 1, Minnesota taxpayers have lost $1 million a day as a result of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision not to enroll thousands of low-income residents into Medicaid, says state Rep. John Persell. "North Country Health Services in Bemidji will lose more than $6 million over the next three years without this early MA option," says Persell, DFL-Bemidji.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson voted for an energy bill last year that included concessions to agriculture on cap-and-trade cabon policy. He might not vote for the conference report this year. "I voted to move the bill forward," Peterson, DFL-7th District, said Thursday in an interview. "If it would have been the final bill, I have problems with what they did on the cap and trade part of things, I would have voted no." Republican-endorsed Lee Byberg of Willmar, as well as other Republicans, have been critical of Peterson's vote for the bill when it first won approval in the U.S. House.
Continual improvements to Bemidji Regional Airport increase Bemidji's prominence as a regional center, U.S. Rep.
An ecologically sensitive forest management plan will be followed in Beltrami County parks, commissioners decided Tuesday night. Commissioner Jim Lucachick, who has been seeking such changes since last year, made the motion to adopt unanimous recommendations of the County Board-appointed Park and Trail Advisory Council into the county's forest management plan. "This finally clarifies for me how we handle this (timber harvest on park land) and how we handle the rest," Lucachick said. He had sought a separate policy for Three Island County Park and Movil Maze that backed off on the county's f
Cutting state government isn't the issue, says Republican Tom Emmer. It's reforming state government to end up with a smaller one. "People in this state realize that government has gotten too big, "Emmer said Thursday night in a rally in Bemidji. "They understand this isn't a part thing. This isn't about being a Democrat or a Republican. This is about being a Minnesotan." Emmer, the Republican Party's endorsed candidate for governor and a state representative from Delano, brought his Freedom and Prosperity bus tour to Bemidji, which included all GOP constitutional officer candidates.