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 – With all five precincts reporting, voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot measure to implement a recall process for elected city officials.
BEMIDJI – Bemidji will have a new mayor.
BEMIDJI – Local law enforcement and public safety officials are advising local residents to stay safe this winter.
By JOHN HAGEMAN email@example.com BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve plans from Otter Tail Power Co. to move power lines from the north side of Midway Drive to the south side of the street. The decision came after some councilors expressed interest in exploring the possibility of moving the lines underground. Otter Tail officials, however, said that would be infeasible due to the high cost.
BEMIDJI – Ward 1 features a mix of homeowners and renters next to the Bemidji State University campus. Both candidates running for that seat in Tuesday’s election represent two differing perspectives of that diverse community. Michael Meehlhause, who recently graduated from BSU and rents a house in the area, will face Derrick Houle, a homeowner, in Tuesday’s election.
BEMIDJI – A week before the election, local legislative candidates faced off in a forum at Bemidji City Hall Tuesday evening. The forum was hosted by Citizens for an Informed Electorate and featured candidates from Senate Districts 2 and 5, as well as House races from Districts 2A and 5A.
BEMIDJI – Beltrami County commissioners will make their choice for a new county administrator in a special meeting on Nov. 7.
BEMIDJI – Local residents will have the chance to drink a glass of Bemidji Brewing Co.’s beer Saturday. That’s when the local start-up will have its pale ale on tap for sale for the first time at Brigid’s Irish Pub. The tap will start flowing at 4 p.m. The brewery, launched by friends Justin “Bud” Kaney, Tom Hill and Tina Hanke, has been working out of Harmony Co-op’s commercial kitchen since early October, when it got the final go-ahead from the government to brew commercially.
BEMIDJI – Residents disputing assessments for a utility extension project on Birchmont Drive filed appeals in Beltrami County District Court this week. The appeals were expected, as dozens of residents filed objections to both Northern Township and the city of Bemidji before they passed the assessment rolls in separate meetings in recent weeks. The appeals, filed by Hawley, Minn.-based lawyer Zenas Baer, names Northern Township and Bemidji as respondents.
BEMIDJI – In 2004, a massive “get out the vote” campaign was aimed at encouraging American Indians to get to the polls across a handful of states.