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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NORTHERN TOWNSHIP—The ongoing case of the Birchmont Drive assessments is just that—ongoing. At a public meeting Tuesday night, members of the Northern Township board and the Bemidji City Council gave an update on—and heard testimony from residents about—the continuing legal battle over how to pay for a utility project completed seven years ago. A water and sewer utility extension project was completed on Birchmont Drive in 2008.
BEMIDJI -- After several hours of public comment and debate, the Bemidji City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to remove planned structures in front of the iconic Paul Bunyan and...
BEMIDJI -- Officials from Bemidji Area Schools met Wednesday with city and county officials about the new $30 million grades 4-5 school that will be built near Bemidji Middle School...
BEMIDJI -- Officials from the city and the Bemidji Area Schools will meet Wednesday to discuss issues relating to the future grades 4-5 elementary school. At its work session Monday,...
BEMIDJI—A fall 2016 opening for a new, $40 million school for Bemidji's grades 4-5 students may be in jeopardy as the district works to obtain agreements with other government bodies and secure building permits. That's the message School Board members heard in a special meeting Monday at district headquarters. Superintendent Jim Hess updated the board on the process of obtaining a Conditional Use Permit from the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, which was granted on May 19. Part of that CUP was 17 conditions be in place before any work is started.
BEMIDJI—A few days removed from the end of the 2015 Legislature, three area politicians were back in session Thursday evening. This time, however, the venue was not the State Capitol in St. Paul, but rather the tap room at Bemidji Brewing Co. The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a "Pints & Politics" event Thursday evening to discuss successes—and failures—of this year's session, and what's ahead in a special session. Rep. Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji, and Sens. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, and Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, took part in Thursday's gathering. Rep.
BEMIDJI -- That pickup truck with the over-sized roll of duct tape you saw driving through Bemidji on Thursday morning? No, it wasn’t a Paul Bunyan-esque prop delivery to the...
BEMIDJI—The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board on Tuesday approved the Conditional Use Permit for Bemidji Area Schools to build a new school west of Bemidji Middle School. The district plans to build a $40 million school that will be home to the district's grades 4-5 students, with an estimated 900 students and 80 staff.
BEMIDJI—The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court's ruling dismissing Bemidji Township's annexation lawsuit against the city of Bemidji and Northern Township. The ruling was filed Monday. The appeal was considered and decided by Presiding Judge Lawrence Stauber, Chief Judge Edward Cleary and Judge Carol Hooten. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2012, stems from the city annexing property from the township's jurisdiction, which Bemidji Township alleged the city did improperly. On March 20, 2014, Ninth District Court Judge Paul T.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji School District plans to name the community's new elementary school after a friend. At Monday's School Board meeting, district Superintendent Jim Hess made a motion to name the future grades 4-5 school after Gene Dillon. "Gene was a kind man, a very well-respected man," said board member Carol Johnson. "But most of all, he was a friend to all." Dillon was a longtime supporter of the schools, and served two terms on the School Board totalling 25 years.