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 city council decided Monday not to go forward with a utility extension project on Lake Avenue.
BEMIDJI – More than a dozen signs supporting the marriage amendment that were hanging outside St. Philip’s Catholic Church were vandalized over the weekend.
BEMIDJI – A few dozen people gathered Saturday at the Rotary Pavilion on the Lake Bemidji waterfront to rally support for the marriage amendment in the final weeks before the election. The event was hosted by Minnesota for Marriage, a group that’s campaigning for the amendment. Minnesota voters will be asked on Election Day “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”
BEMIDJI – The City Council here will consider the assessment roll for seven properties involved in the Birchmont Drive dispute when it convenes Monday. Those properties have been recently annexed into Bemidji from Northern Township, where the legal saga has unfolded in the past four years. Dozens of residents objected to the latest assessments in a joint meeting between the council and the Northern Township Board on Sept. 11. The township passed their assessment roll Sept. 24.
BEMIDJI – One of the most powerful elected state officials shuffled around Hobson Memorial Union at Bemidji State University Tuesday morning, asking students if they were prepared for the upcoming elections.
BEMIDJI – It’s a line that DFLers have used in debates, and outside groups have used in TV ads.
BEMIDJI – After some debate Monday, the city council decided to continue discussion next week on a proposed utility installation project on Lake Avenue Southeast. Beltrami County will be doing a street repaving and full depth mill project on Lake Avenue, starting at First Street Southeast and running north past the Mississippi River bridge, in 2013.
BEMIDJI – Discussion over how to grow the local economy took center stage in a debate between candidates for the state House 2B seat. Brita Sailer, a DFLer who represented the district in the House from 2005 to 2010, will face Steve Green, R-Fosston, in November’s election. Sailer lost to Rep. David Hancock, R-Bemidji, who came in as part of a Republican sweep of the state House and Senate in 2010. Hancock is now running for the newly-branded House District 2A.
BEMIDJI – While a lot has changed in the last few years at the Legislature, the matchup for the Senate District 2 seat has not. Like 2010, Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, will face Dennis Moser, R-Clearbrook for Senate District 2. Skoe won the 2010 race by 6 percentage points. The two debated on Lakeland Public Television as part of a series of debates on local legislative seats. The district they will fight over has changed, however, with the new district no longer touching North Dakota and reaching the Canadian border.
BEMIDJI – As with many debates across the state, the debate for the House 2A seat on Lakeland Public Television Tuesday night focused on issues facing the state’s economy and budget. The debate featured incumbent Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji, who will face DFLer Roger Erickson. Hancock previously represented House District 2B, but redistricting rebranded it as 2A. The new district extends toward the Canadian border and Baudette, where Erickson resides. Hancock was first elected in 2010 as part of a wave that saw Republicans take control of both the state House and Senate.