Matt Cory is the Editor of the Pioneer. Cory grew up in East Grand Forks and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. He worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor at the Grand Forks Herald from 1993 to 2013, when he joined the Pioneer as Editor.
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BEMIDJI—Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene said Friday he plans to seek re-election to the board in the Nov. 8 election. Vene represents District 2 on the board, which includes Eckles Township and Bemidji city wards 1, 2 and 4. He is also chair of the board this year.
BEMIDJI—State Rep. Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji, said Friday he won't seek a third term in the Minnesota Legislature. "I have really enjoyed these last couple of years, and this session," Hancock said in an interview. "But I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends." Hancock, who will turn 71 next month, said he plans to still be active in local political circles.
BEMIDJI -- There’s a path -- or maybe better -- a road to solving Minnesota’s transportation funding problem, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said Thursday in Bemidji. Smith and Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle held a roundtable discussion Thursday with regional civic and business leaders in downtown Bemidji. In addition to Bemidji and Beltrami County, representatives from government and business came from cities such as International Falls and Greenbush and from the counties of Polk, Cass, Pennington and Becker.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man was arrested minutes after he fled from the Beltrami County Historical Courthouse on Tuesday and ran into a school across the street. Billie Joe Large, 26, was under arrest for probation violation and possession of methamphetamine when he ran from the building on the 600 block of Beltrami Avenue at about 1:42 p.m. Tuesday. He ran across the street and entered St. Philip's Catholic School.
BEMIDJI—Sure, spring is right around the corner. But it's not here yet. Luckily, families in the Bemidji area this weekend have an opportunity to fight off those winter blues. The first-ever "Fight the Frost" will be held at the Sanford Center on Saturday-Sunday. The event features inflatable bounce games and obstacle courses from Fargo-based Games Galore, more than 20 in fact, along with attractions for children ages 5 and younger.
BEMIDJI -- Tours of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area will be available from March 7 - 11 during National Boys and Girls Week. The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji provides a safe place after school and during the summer where “kids can receive the caring guidance they need to put them on the path to a great future,” a release said.
BEMIDJI—At the end of the 2015 Minnesota legislative session, the fact no long-term solution for transportation funding was achieved was top of mind for many lawmakers and local civic leaders. What's changed with a March 8 start for the 2016 session? Nothing. The group Transportation Forward is touring the state urging those lawmakers to find a workable solution to increasing funding for all transportation infrastructure, including roads and bridges, but also for transit systems and biking and walking paths. The tour stopped in Bemidji on Thursday evening.
The Third Annual Winterfest on Lake Bemidji was held Friday-Saturday. Events on Saturday included the Bemidji Jaycees BRRRmidji Plunge, the Curling Bonspiel, the YPN Cornhole Tournament, Frozen Turkey Bowling and Pond Hockey.
By Elizabeth Mohr St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL -- A convicted rapist who has spent about 20 years behind prison bars or razor wire at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is to be released on provisional discharge next week and is moving to St. Paul.
BLACKDUCK—Last year, the community of Blackduck once again stepped up to the plate to help the Blackduck Baseball Boosters. And organizers hope people "jump" right back into the swing of things with the Frozen Fowl Polar Plunge. The plunge, where people raise money in order to jump into freezing water, is part of Winter Fun Fest on Feb. 20 on Blackduck Lake.