Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.
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BEMIDJI—With the primaries now in the rearview, the Minnesota Republican Party is looking ahead to November's General Election. However, party officials say the strategy won't change. At the Beltrami County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Wednesday evening in Bemidji, state party Chair Jennifer Carnahan said the GOP will continue into the General Election with all systems go.
Misdemeanors, ordinance violations in Bemidji will go through City Hall; felonies will remain with county
BEMIDJI—Four candidates remain in two races for seats on the Bemidji City Council and Beltrami County Board after Tuesday's Primary Election narrowed the field. In the citywide primary for an at-large seat on the council, Don Heinonen and Jim Thompson advanced to the Nov. 6 election, earning 569 votes and 485 votes respectively. The third candidate in the race, Lawrence Hanenberger, finished with 336 votes. Heinonen's largest number of votes came from Bemidji Ward 5, with 185. Thompson, meanwhile, had a good showing in Ward 2, taking in 118 votes.
BEMIDJI—Minnesota's primary election is Tuesday and regionally it will have an impact on every level of government. Along with races on both sides of the aisle for state and national positions are primaries to narrow the amount of candidates running for city and county seats. In the city of Bemidji, residents will decide two of three candidates to compete for the at-large council position in November. A race of three will also be narrowed to two for the Beltrami County District 1 seat.
BEMIDJI -- Longtime advocate and perennial candidate for local and state office Laverne “Pedie” Pederson died Friday, Aug. 3, at the age of 58. Those who knew him say his legacy is his activism and his compassion. “He had probably the largest heart of anyone I knew,” Bemidji Woolen Mills owner Bill Batchelder said. “I knew Laverne, we called him Pedie, my whole adult life. He worked diligently to tell his life story and about the struggles he had.”
BEMIDJI -- The future of annexation and utilities were main points of focus during a candidate forum Tuesday for three candidates seeking an at-large seat on the Bemidji City Council. The three candidates, who’re competing in the Aug. 14 primary, which will narrow the field to two, include BSU student Lawrence Hanenberger, automotive technician Don Heinonen and retired eye doctor Jim Thompson.
BEMIDJI—Jeff Johnson, the Minnesota Republican Party's endorsed candidate for governor, wants to change the culture in St. Paul, specifically with state agencies. While visiting Bemidji on Monday, Johnson told the Pioneer that part of his platform is addressing what he says is an arrogance in many state departments. "I think there's an issue where they think it's their job to control and correct thing and tell people how to farm, how to run their businesses and how to live their lives, instead of being there to serve people," Johnson said.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji residents will have a full ballot during Minnesota’s primary election on Aug. 14, with a race to decide at the city level along with the state and federal columns.
BEMIDJI -- The race for the open Beltrami County District 1 seat sits at three candidates and after the Aug. 14 primary, that number will be narrowed to two. Competing for the opportunity to advance to the general election are Beltrami County residents Craig Gaasvig, Natalie Grosfield and Heather Broda. Whoever goes on to win the general election will succeed incumbent Keith Winger, who’s not seeking a second term in the office.
BEMIDJI -- The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival started Friday night with the Nordic Whitecaps taking home the first bit of hardware. After two heats, the Nordic Whitecaps came away with the fastest overall time of 02:24:36 and won this year’s Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup race. The 200-meter course is half the length of the regular races that take place Saturday and serves as a warm-up for the teams.