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 – 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.
BEMIDJI – There’s renewed hope for a “Welcome to Bemidji” sign on the Paul Bunyan Trail Bridge after Gov. Mark Dayton met with city and state officials Wednesday afternoon to help resolve the issue.
BEMIDJI – Candidates for three city positions discussed a wide range of issues in a forum Wednesday night at city hall. The forum was hosted by Citizens for an Informed Electorate.
BEMIDJI – Although he won’t be on the ballot again for another two years, Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday this year’s election will be the most important of his life.
BEMIDJI – Candidates for the Ninth Judicial District post in Beltrami County questioned each other’s experience during a forum at City Hall Tuesday night. The forum, hosted by the Citizens for an Informed Electorate, featured Diana Sweeney, a public defender in the Ninth Judicial District since 1996, and incumbent Judge John G. Melbye, who was first elected in 2006.
BEMIDJI – The Bemidji City Council on Monday approved a loan request to help pay for a connection between the proposed hotel and the Sanford Center.
BEMDIJI – The Sanford Center’s new interim executive director, David Ross, was introduced during an advisory board meeting Monday morning. Ross has worked in the facility management industry for 27 years, with most of that time spent as director emeritus of the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Ross was there since the center was built in 1987. The Show Me Center seats up to 7,600, while the Sanford Center seats about 4,700 during hockey games and 6,000 during concerts.