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Bemidji public schools would gain nearly $180,000 in one-time aid under the supplement spending bill approved Monday by the Minnesota Senate. The Senate's bill would add nearly $35 million to school funding, including $32.2 million in per pupil increases for both public schools and public charter schools. It would mean an additional $179,426 in per pupil funding to the Bemidji School District, with 5,201 students for fiscal year 2007, which could be used for reducing class sizes, supporting all-day kindergarten and paying fuel bills. "With the funding in this bill, schools will be able to h
All six recreation areas operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along the Upper Mississippi River will be open, the federal agency says. The sites were to be closed this year because of a federal budget shortfall, and the Corps later said it would keep two of the six open.
Rognlien Park on Grant Lake would become Beltrami County's first day park under steps initiated last week. The Beltrami County Board last week approved a joint powers agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources over operation of the park this year, continent upon a positive review by County Attorney Tim Faver and County Administrator Tony Murphy. The Grant Valley Township park has been operated by the DNR, through Lake Bemidji State Park, as a forest day use area, featuring a swimming beach, restrooms, picnic and parking area, and a boat launch. The boat launch has been maintai
While farmers sow the ground now for this year's crops, they await the fate of $4 billion in disaster aid in Congress -- and of long-term federal farm policy. The U.S. Senate last week, as part of a $109 billion supplemental budget bill that includes funding for the war in Iraq and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, has $4 billion in farm disaster aid. But it was also in previous bills that didn't make it. "I have particular concerns over whether we will be able to retain the disaster relief," Sen.
BREEZY POINT -- Republican delegates here Friday night took only 30 minutes to endorse three candidates for Bemidji-area legislative races this fall. The Rev. David Myers of Bemidji, endorsed for the House 4A race, said he felt like "the odd man out -- the other candidates are incumbents and I'm a hopeful." Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, won unanimous endorsement from the 35 Senate 4 delegates to seek a second, four-year term, while 22 House 4B delegates gave their nod to Rep.
Calling Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui "a despicable man," U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman on Thursday still shied away from a death penalty sentence. A federal jury in Virginia on Wednesday could not unanimously agree to the government's demand for Moussaoui's execution for his role in the Sept. 11 terror attack on U.S. soil. Instead, a federal judge on Thursday sentenced the 37-year-old Moussaoui to six life sentences, with no parole. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said the Sept.
Minnesotans, who can now carry concealed weapons, should be able to also use them when needed -- wherever -- several Republican lawmakers say. The legislation was introduced Thursday by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Pat Pariseau, R-Farmington, and would extend the right of citizens to use deadly force against attackers beyond their homes. "I want to feel safe in my own home, car, or walking down the street," said Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, a Senate co-author of the bill.
Republicans plan to gather near Pequot Lakes today to issue endorsements for three local state legislative seats. The work should be easy -- two are incumbents and a third faces no opposition -- as nods are given for Senate 4, House 4A and House 4B races. Seeking endorsement for a second four-year term is Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, while House 4B Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, wants his party's nod for a fifth term. The Rev. David Myers, pastor of Ridgewood Baptist Church in Bemidji, faces no opposition in his endorsement bid to face House 4A Rep.
Skyrocketing fuel costs means fewer dollars for students, a Bemidji school official said Tuesday. With the Bemidji School District the size of the state of Rhode Island, Transportation Coordinator Greg Liedl said district buses travel 1.1 million miles a year. "Our buses use 200 gallons of diesel every day -- and as our costs exceed our budget, we have to take the money out of classrooms," Liedl said, as the district must subsidize the state-mandated bus service with funds from elsewhere. That's the kind of "anecdotal evidence" that U.S. Sen.
Beltrami County commissioners set in motion Tuesday the steps for framing a 2007 budget, but the picture doesn't look good. Because of a number of factors -- from rising fuel costs to uncertainty over public library funding -- may push the county's budget higher next year, County Administrator Tony Murphy said. But the key factor will be Congress' decision late last year to approve the Deficit Reduction Act, which could mean the loss of up to $3 million in federal funds to the county for human services targeted case management. "A policy question we must ask is whether we continue to provid