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Now that Beltrami County and Bemidji are sending more money to the Kitchigami Regional Library System, Beltrami commissioners want a tighter hold on administrative costs. "Now that we're pouring nearly a half-million dollars to it, we should look at administrative costs," Commissioner Jim Heltzer said during the County Board's work session Tuesday.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate frontrunner Amy Klobuchar nearly swept the delegate slate elected Sunday at the Beltrami County DFL Convention. Delegates also staved off an attempt to subdivide the group in order to give more support to an anti-war, "Peace First" minority coalition. Had that been successful, the move would have benefited Klobuchar's challenger for DFL endorsement, Twin Cities veterinarian Ford Bell, who has made the pullout of U.S.
Voters want change this fall, away from tight-fisted Republican policies, a host of Democrats said Sunday. Attorney General Mike Hatch, one of four DFLers seeking endorsement to run against GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty, blamed last summer's eight-day partial government shutdown on Pawlenty. "There's a very simple oath you take as governor -- it says I will faithfully execute the laws of this state," Hatch said Sunday. "You can't do that if you shut the doors of government.
With three weeks to go in a hard-fought DFL endorsement battle for Senate 4, Irene Folstrom said Sunday she could bring more voters to the polls on Nov. 7. Folstrom and Mary Olson will stand before Senate 4 Democrats on April 8 in Walker for the party endorsement to run against Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point. Both women spoke to Beltrami County DFLers on Sunday during their convention at the Northern Inn.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar nearly swept delegation selection Sunday at the Beltrami County DFL Convention. The gubernatorial race was more clouded, as Attorney General Mike Hatch and Sen.
The final reading and adoption of a revised Beltrami County Public Health Nuisance Ordinance is slated for Tuesday. The County Board will consider adopting the new version during its 5 p.m. regular meeting at the County Administration Building. Among other highlights, the board at its 3 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton will be in Bemidji on Monday to present an Award of Excellence in Education to the Bemidji School District. The Minnesota DFLer created the award to publicly recognize "the thousands of individual success stories that occur in Minnesota schools each day," according to a statement from Dayton's office. His latest tour of awards finds him Monday in Park Rapids and Bemidji. He will present an award at 10:30 a.m. at Century Elementary School in Park Rapids, and then will present the Bemidji School District award at 1 p.m.
The Red Lake Nation plans a quiet day of reflection on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the nation's deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. And while tribal officials issued Friday a warning that media stay away from key reservation sites, Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a proclamation Friday asking all Minnesotans to observe a moment of silence at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Red Lake Band of Chippewa will spend Tuesday "with a quiet day of private memorials," a Tribal Council statement said. "All tribal programs will be closed on March 21 to allow the community to observe this day as they wish.
Property tax relief through school districts would be given through bills heard Thursday by a Minnesota Senate panel. The Senate K-12 Education Budget Division considered a handful of property tax bills, including ones authored by the panel's chairman, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, and Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook. "Last year, the Senate built its education funding bill around a zero property tax increase," said Stumpf.
Two of Bemidji's bonding proposals headed Thursday to their final committee stop in the Minnesota House. The House Capital Investment Committee will now craft a state building projects bill that hopefully will include funding for both a regional events center and the Paul Bunyan Trail. "We're not home yet, but this is a big step in the right direction," Rep.