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 -- Despite recent health issues that included a stroke three years ago, Jim Miller never stopped doing what he loved. That was evident this past Easter, when he joined friends and family in playing a few songs on his guitar. "He wasn't feeling very well but we put a guitar in his hands and we ended up playing a couple tunes," said his wife Kristi Miller. "It was really fun." On Saturday, the local singer and songwriter known for his roles in the local bands Known Only Locally and Blew Munday passed away at the age of 66.
BEMIDJI -- Despite concerns from some the community would lose a tree older than the college campus it sits on, a Bemidji State University representative said the tree must come down in order to complete improvements to its football field. Three trees sit on the west end of the Chet Anderson Stadium, where crews now are replacing the natural grass with a synthetic turf. One of the trees is more than 100-years-old, said Caitlyn Schuchhardt as she sat under the large white pine Tuesday. An online petition to save the trees had almost 100 signatures by Tuesday evening.
BEMIDJI -- Nevermind. The Bemidji City Council had planned to meet with representatives of Northern and Bemidji townships behind closed doors Wednesday night to discuss a mediation agreement that would release Bemidji Township from the three governments' annexation pact. But on Tuesday, Northern Township Board chairman Mike Kelly said they have requested they instead have an open meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Northern Town Hall.
BEMIDJI -- A busy intersection on the north side of town will be closed today for crews to install a culvert. The intersection of Anne Street Northwest and Bemidji Avenue...
BEMIDJI -- It appears representatives from the city of Bemidji and the two townships involved in an annexation agreement will meet Wednesday night. But what specifically will be discussed remains unclear, and likely will remain that way for those standing outside of the closed-door meeting. "There's no agenda that I've seen," Mayor Rita Albrecht said during a Monday night work session.
BEMIDJI — This year has been a busy one for the city’s south shore redevelopment project. Already, city councilors have agreed to sell land for townhomes and a high-end apartment building in the area near the three-year-old Sanford Center. But at the same time, they’ve sold that property for less than they once thought they could get. City officials originally anticipated receiving $350,000 per acre for the 2.67 acre lot where the apartments are slated to be built.
BEMIDJI —The building that housed a longtime Bemidji restaurant was torn down Tuesday, as the new owners make way for another restaurant. The Maid-Rite Cafe building, which was bought by Lueken’s Village Foods before the restaurant closed in May, was on the receiving end of a yellow John Deere excavator Tuesday. Lueken’s president Brent Sicard said they originally planned to renovate the building for a new restaurant.
BEMIDJI — It was only a matter of hours before the Jaycees Water Carnival was up and running again after the July 2 storm last year. One year later, they’re...
BEMIDJI — Bemidji city councilors Monday rejected a proposal from the Zorbaz on the Lake restaurant to buy south shore land. Zorbaz founder Tom Hanson came before the Bemidji Economic Development Authority to make the land offer and discuss his business model. Councilors, who make up the BEDA, voted 6-1 to reject the offer, with at-large councilor Jim Thompson voting in favor of the proposal.
BEMIDJI — John Persell considers himself an optimist. The Bemidji state representative is hopeful that the Carnegie Library restoration project will receive at least some of the $800,000 in state bonding next year that was recently requested by the city of Bemidji. But he also acknowledged some realities. "I think we stand a reasonable chance of being successful" in bonding for local projects next year, said Persell, a DFLer who was elected in 2008.