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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On Aug. 16, the Pioneer published its Bemidji Bonds section, which tells stories of how people coming together make Bemidji a special place to live. You can see the stories here .
Each spring for the past 25 years or so, Kim Goodwin and Pam Eichstadt dust off their rackets and hit the local tennis courts. And reignite their friendship. The Bemidji women have been doubles tennis partners for, well, who can say, but it’s nearly 25 years, they’re sure of that. “I think the reason we’ve played together is that we have just shared so many memories playing together,” said Eichstadt, 54. “We raised our kids on the tennis court until they were old enough to stay home alone.
A town or a city is more than just the streets; or the houses and businesses built upon them. It is more than parks and arenas, more than schools and universities. It is more, even, than the people who live and work and play there. It is the connection, the community, of those people to one another and to those physical structures that really makes a town or city. A bond, if you will. That’s why this section you are holding in your hands is called Bemidji Bonds. For regular Pioneer readers, you know that each year we produce a special section, typically titled Annual Report.
It turns out there are exactly 100 days until the Bemidji State men’s hockey team opens the season at Minnesota Duluth (game is Oct. 9 in Duluth). Jack Hittinger takes a look at the roster for the upcoming season.
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 Babe the Blue Ox statues as part of a $1.5 million redesign of the park. In front of a packed City Hall chambers, the council voted to immediately remove a raised dirt mound and accompanying boulders and a tree stump in front of Paul and Babe that caused a public backlash the past two weeks.
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. Much of Wednesday’s discussion focused on creating a formal development agreement between the city, school district and the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board. And much of the discussion about a development agreement centered on the building of roundabouts to handle increased traffic on Middle School Road.
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, City Manager Nate Mathews updated the City Council on the status of the planned school. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board has approved a Conditional Use Permit for the project, contingent on the district fulfilling certain requirements.
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.