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The dedication Saturday of a veterans memorial in Bemidji honors all, but focuses on one -- the last survivor of the Marines who hoisted the first flag over Iwo Jima. The life-sized bronze statue of Marine Cpl. Chuck Lindberg forms the centerpiece of the new Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial, which will be dedicated 2 p.m. Saturday adjacent to the Beltrami County History Center. The ceremony will feature Beltrami County Board Chairman Joe Vene as a keynote speaker.
Today's Norway -- now one of the richest nations -- doesn't resemble the Norway of long past. "It isn't what it was when our ancestors left there 150 years ago," says Verlyn D. Anderson, professor emeritus of history at Concordia College of Moorhead. "They don't dance under the trees in their bunads," he said of the traditional regional folk dresses worn by Norwegian women.
Let there be music. Country music. Outdoors. Twang and all. Beltrami County commissioners, with a few minor points, agreed Tuesday night that promoters of Country Fest Minnesota '06 had essentially met all conditions a county ordinance requires, and gave a green light to the June 22-24 outdoor event. "I feel we've done our utmost to prepare," Bemidji Entertainment Inc. President Frank Chrz said as he prepared to go through the eight conditions commissioners placed on a provisional public gathering permit they granted Feb.
A bill seen as a first step to protect native wild rice in Minnesota won approval in the Minnesota House on Monday. The bill, authored by Rep.
Tuesday looms large for promoters of a summer country music festival near Bemidji. Bemidji Entertainment Inc. promoters must show Beltrami County commissioners that they've met conditions of a provisional permit granted in February in order to proceed with the June 22-24 Country Fest Minnesota '06 on a Turtle River golf course. The item is part of the County Board's regular agenda at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the County Administrative Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. The board on Feb.
The Bemidji area will add nearly 300 new households a year, or a five-year total of nearly 1,500, all needing homes, says a new housing study. The study also shows a high reliance on rental properties, and new needs for housing for people with mental illness or disabled people, says Tim Flathers, Headwaters Regional Development Commission community development director. "The recommendations are a starting point for discussion," Flathers told Beltrami County commissioners earlier this month of the study undertaken by the Beltrami County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. "The HRA wants to
Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams hopes to bring a new "synergy" of Republicanism to northern Minnesota as he challenges a Democratic stronghold. This fall Grams seeks the 8th Congressional District seat which has been in DFL hands since 1947, including 16 terms by U.S. Rep.
U.S. House Democrats offered Thursday an energy plan which relies on Midwest ethanol rather than Middle East oil. And while boosting the production of domestic biofuels, the plan would also see more vehicles produced with flexible-fuel engines capable of using biofuels. "We can make the ethanol, we can distribute it; we just need to get the pumps in and we need to get the cars converted," said U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th District, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. "This legislation gives us the system and the pathway to make that happen," he said.
As the Monday deadline approaches for seniors to sign up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit, more lawmakers are pressing to extend it. Minnesota U.S. Sens. Norm Coleman and Mark Dayton both on Thursday wrote letters to Bush administration officials asking to extend the enrollment deadline, while U.S. Rep.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed into law Tuesday a bill limiting protests at funerals, a reaction to a Kansas religious group which protested at the funeral of a Minnesota soldier who died in Iraq. Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Veterans Service Building near the State Capitol was Rep.