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The next phase in local politics occurs Sunday when both Hubbard and Beltrami DFLers hold conventions. Delegates who were elected from March 7 precinct caucuses are voting delegates to party-level county conventions, with DFLers holding gatherings in Bemidji and Park Rapids. The Beltrami County DFL Convention opens noon Sunday at the Northern Inn, with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. Hubbard County DFLers will hold their convention at 1 p.m.
Access to affordable health care is a right, not a privilege, and Minnesotans should vote to include that in the State Constitution, says Sen.
In the event of a major pandemic flu, Bemidji's role looms large in the region. "We are no longer islands unto ourselves," says Beryl Wernberg, Beltrami County emergency management director. Bemidji will serve as a hub for efforts in a 14-county region -- including three American Indian reservations -- should disaster strike, she said.
Should avian flu reach Minnesota in pandemic proportions, the governor could close schools, cancel Vikings games and force businesses to close. And people could be asked to quarantine themselves to their homes for as many as eight weeks. "I hope we're not panicking the general public," a Pennington County official said Tuesday during a state Health Department teleconference. "Let's be very cautious to the public what we can and cannot do." But the so-called "bird flu" is making its way around the world, and could reach North America by year's end, said Dr.
Bemidji's prowess in world-class curling won acclaim late Thursday in a resolution approved by the U.S. Senate. Introduced by Minnesota's two senators, the resolution honors and recognizes the curling community of Bemidji for its efforts in both Minnesota and the United States. Another resolution is also making its way through the U.S. House, introduced by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-7th District. "I am excited to introduce this Senate resolution with Sen.
The battle for DFL endorsement in the state Senate 4 race remains close after a toes-in-the-water test at Tuesday's precinct caucuses. While neither Irene Folstrom nor Mary Olson captured a majority of votes in a straw poll among caucus attendees, Folstrom took a 5-percentage-point lead over Olson. In a snow-slogged night that drove precinct caucus attendance down to its lowest levels in years -- many rural sites had no participants for either the DFL or Republican parties -- spirits of those who did turn out did not dampen. Folstrom took 46 percent of those attending who voted in the non-b
An amount of farmland equal to the Mall of America disappears daily in Minnesota, converted to development.
As the state struggled through budget deficits, the effect caused Minnesota counties to see flat results, says State Auditor Patricia Anderson. Anderson on Thursday released a report on counties' audited financial data for the year ended 2004, showing that county finances remained essentially flat from the previous year with very little change in revenues and in tax dollars spent. The state trend also showed in Beltrami County, which saw sharply higher revenues -- 12.8 percent -- from 2002 to 2003, but then slid with revenue decreases of 0.06 percent from 2003 to 2004 and 3.5 percent from 20
Long-time DFL activist Michael Meuers this week resigned as state Senate 4 DFL chairman, in the middle of an intense battle for Senate 4 party endorsement. His resignation comes as Irene Folstrom and Mary Olson, both of Bemidji, are marshalling their supporters to attend next Tuesday's DFL precinct caucuses where a straw poll will be taken among caucus attendees to assess their endorsement strength. Delegates elected from the precinct caucuses will play a role in endorsing either Folstrom or Olson on April 8, with the winner then set to focus on unseating incumbent Sen.
As promised, Gov.