John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BEMIDJI — Burning permit restrictions will begin May 13 in Beltrami, north Cass Hubbard, Clearwater, Mahnomen and east Polk counties. Permits won’t be issued after then until vegetation becomes green again. The announcement came Wednesday from Beltrami County Emergency Management. Requests for variance permits for agriculture and construction can be made to a state Department of Natural Resources forester.
BEMIDJI — Monday afternoon’s grass fire in southeast Bemidji made one thing clear to the city’s fire chief Dave Hoefer. “I think that fire…kind of proved how dry things actually...
BEMIDJI —Monday afternoon’s grass fire in southeast Bemidji made one thing clear to the city’s fire chief Dave Hoefer. “I think that fire…kind of proved how dry things actually are,” Hoefer said. There, a permit-sanctioned wood pile fire ignited the surrounding grass. In the wake of that fire and high winds, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources cut off local burn permits Tuesday afternoon until further notice.
BEMIDJI -- Rapidly melting snow is still covering a number of area roads in water. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, several roads remained closed.
BEMIDJI — Residents of Jackson Avenue were more or less cut off from the outside world Sunday night. That’s when the dead-end road in a lowland area near Oak Hills...
BEMIDJI —Gary Johnson, chief executive officer of Paul Bunyan Communications, was named the local district’s Rotarian of the Year. The award was presented during the district convention in Bemidji over the weekend. About 500 Rotarians from northern Minnesota, North Dakota, northwest Wisconsin and part of Canada took part in the events at the Sanford Center. Other locals were also nominated for Distinguished Rotarian Awards.
Residents of Jackson Avenue were more or less cut off from the outside world Sunday night. That’s when the dead-end road in a lowland area near Oak Hills Christian College was closed because a long stretch was covered with water, a result of melting snow under the warm sun this weekend.
BEMIDJI — Marv Hanson has worn many hats in his lifetime. But a constant theme runs through his past: a desire to help his fellow American Indians. Born in Red Lake, Hanson will continue that work when he opens the Marvelous Fish House and Market in the former El Mariachi building next month. There, fresh walleye from Red Lake Fisheries and wild rice from Red Lake Nation Foods will be served.
BEMIDJI – Nathan Olson wants people to realize there are easy ways to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. To that end, the state Department of Natural Resources is...
BEMIDJI – The Minnesota House approved its tax bill Wednesday night, and with it, a provision allowing the city of Bemidji to impose a hospitality tax. The omnibus tax bill, a massive document filled with various tax-related provisions, cleared the House floor on a 69-64 vote. Among those provisions is a bill authored by DFL Rep. John Persell to allow the city of Bemidji to impose up to a 1 percent tax on purchases at hotels and restaurants. Revenue generated from the tax would be dedicated to Sanford Center operations, maintenance and capital improvements.