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 – The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board put the stamp of approval on changes to the main entrance and parking lot to the Bemidji Walmart Wednesday night.
BEMIDJI – The phrases “passing the torch” and “handing off the baton” were thrown around a lot Monday afternoon.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council shifted seats and nameplates Monday night as two new councilors and a new mayor were sworn in.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council will welcome some new and old faces during its Monday night meeting.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Police Department is doing a lot with a little.
BEMIDJI – The union representing Minnesota nurses is renewing its push for a minimum staffing law in hospitals.
BEMIDJI – This upcoming legislative session could be an important one for Minnesota cities.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State women’s hockey team held practice at the Sanford Center Tuesday, and by Thursday morning, the Western Michigan Broncos will be practicing for their weekend bout with the Beavers. In between, there will be a basketball game.
BEMIDJI – Kay Mack is sitting in her car outside a Bixby Avenue home. It’s 1986 and Mack, then a nine-year veteran of the Beltrami County treasurer’s office, is running for the county treasurer position after her boss left the seat.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Fire Department has been in need of a backup generator for years, but the July 2 windstorm showed how urgent that need was. During that storm, straight-line winds in excess of 80 mph knocked down thousands of trees and numerous power lines in the region. The fire station downtown was without power for five to six hours, said Fire Chief Dave Hoefer. During that time, they turned to their portable generator, which can only power essential things like communications, air compressors and basic lighting.