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 – State Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, was named House Majority Whip Friday. In that role, Persell will help House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul in leading the House majority caucus. “John is deeply committed to seeing Minnesota succeed – in Greater Minnesota and in every region,” said House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, in a statement. “The perspective John brings to our leadership team will better enable us to move forward in a way that makes Minnesota prosperous throughout the state.”
BEMIDJI – Cass Lake schools were closed Friday due to rumors of potential violence circulating social media. The school district’s superintendent Anita Grace said school leadership made the decision Thursday afternoon. After-school activities were canceled Thursday and Friday as well. “We just weren’t prepared to have every school building be identical with their safety and security measures due to an investigation in a neighboring community,” Grace said.
BEMIDJI — Plans to reconstruct the driveway entrance to Walmart passed the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission Thursday night.
BEMIDJI – Rumors of possible violence at a school in the area circulated social media Thursday, but no credible threat has been found. Bemidji police Sgt. Dave Hanson said Thursday evening that authorities weren’t able to determine the source of the rumors. “We spent the day trying to track down the source and we weren’t able to find any credible source of any specific threat or incident,” Hanson said. Still, District 31 Superintendent Jim Hess said there will be added security Friday at area schools.
BEMIDJI – A housing redevelopment project in the Nymore neighborhood will not be going forward for 2013.
BEMIDJI – Some changes to the driveway entrance to the Bemidji Walmart could be on the way.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council approved its 2013 budget and property tax levy during its last meeting of the year Monday night.
PARK RAPIDS – Charges have been filed after a vehicle rollover early Friday morning injured all five occupants of the car. According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, a 2006 Cadillac rolled at 1:46 a.m. Friday on County Road 45. The car, driven by 25-year old Grant James Gustafson of Walker, was going at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck an approach, according to the press release. All of the occupants were taken to Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, the press release said.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council is poised to approve the 2013 budget and property tax levy during Monday night’s meeting.
BEMIDJI – The finishing touches on the deal for a new hotel attached to the Sanford Center have not yet been finalized. The Bemidji City Council was scheduled to continue a public hearing Monday on the $400,000 contribution to the project from its revolving loan fund. The loan would be for the city-owned connection between the hotel and the Sanford Center. The terms of that loan constituted a business subsidy under city policy and state statute, triggering a public hearing.