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 – Northwest Minnesota businesses came out of the recession very well, but that momentum may have stalled somewhat since.
BEMIDJI – Emi Totzauer stayed strong until the very end. Despite being told earlier this year that her colon cancer was terminal, Totzauer was determined to beat it. But Totzauer passed away Dec. 5, days after her 37th birthday. “She was just somebody that everybody seemed to like,” said her husband Dwayne. “She had a loving, caring heart for people.” That love throughout the community was evident in the plethora of flowers and gifts that overflowed her room at Sanford Hospital on her birthday, Dec. 1. Dwayne said at least 70 bouquets came in that day alone.
BEMIDJI – Local and state officials met Monday night to discuss the possibility of a fire district in the Bemidji area.
KELLIHER – Authorities are investigating an armed bank robbery that took place here Monday afternoon.
CASS LAKE – A community notification meeting has been scheduled one day before a level 3 predatory offender is scheduled to be released into rural Ten Lake Township. Gerald Lee Jones, 29, is being released into the area Dec. 18. According to a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office press release, he has a history of engaging in sexual contact with an adult female against her will. His address is listed as the 1100 block of Quill Lane Southeast in rural Cass Lake, according to the press release. Jones isn’t wanted by the police and has served his court sentence.
BEMIDJI – City officials are seeking public input on the future of Algoma Park.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce doesn’t support a hospitality tax at this time, the organization’s president Lori Paris said Wednesday.
BEMIDJI – Some details were revealed Wednesday about the plane crash that killed a Bemidji man Tuesday in Illinois.
BEMIDJI – The local sales and use tax in the city of Bemidji is nothing new. The half percent tax was implemented almost seven years ago – Jan. 1, 2006 – but city residents were caught off guard this past September when they received notice in their mail reminding them of their obligation to pay the local use tax.
BEMIDJI – The city’s budget was the topic of discussion at the city council meeting Monday night.