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 -- For the second time in Bemidji, an international idea sharing platform will receive a local spin. On Thursday afternoon into evening at the historic Chief Theater, a TEDxBemidji event with nine speakers and one performer will be held, giving area residents an opportunity to hear different points perspectives on a variety of subjects.
BEMIDJI—U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., met with several city and county officials in downtown Bemidji on Tuesday to gauge issues facing the local area. The gathering took place at the Wild Hare Bistro with Beltrami County District 2, 3 and 4 Commissioners Reed Olson (who owns the Wild Hare Bistro), Richard Anderson and Tim Sumner, as well as County Administrator Kay Mack and Bemidji City Manager Nate Mathews. During the hour-long conversation, topics ranged from foster care to the upcoming veterans home project slated for Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- A guarantee for local firefighter pensions was increased with full support from the Bemidji City Council on Monday. The city has an agreement with the Firefighters Relief Association where if the association is unable to fund the pension benefit, the city will be obligated to maintain the benefit level. In recent negotiations with city staff and Bemidji Fire Department representatives, a consensus was reached to increase the city guarantee by 7 percent, from $6,408 to $6,857.
CASS LAKE—The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party's gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz made a visit to northern Minnesota and to Indian Country on Monday, speaking to a crowd at Leech Lake Tribal College. Walz touched on a number of issues, ranging from the importance the 2018 election will play in redistricting to infrastructure. Additionally, Walz also spoke about American Indian issues and stated his support for working with the reservations and respecting sovereign rights and treaties.
We're about halfway through October and that means it's time to get deep into the spooky Halloween season. The obvious way to do that is with some good ole horror movies, and there's more than enough to keep a person entertained until Nov. 1. However, if you're looking for another outlet, some horror movie soundtracks are also a way to go. They can also be switched on during some Halloween parties. Here are a few of my personal favorites. "Tubular Bells," "The Exorcist," 1973.
BEMIDJI—Saturday marked the first time Stacie Noha had ever run in the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon. It was quite the debut. With a time of 3:21:52, the 32-year-old from Isle, Minn., took first place in the 26.2-mile full marathon. Despite the conditions being less than ideal with a cold breeze, Noha said she found the Bemidji race to be quite enjoyable. "It was a good run, it was really beautiful," Noha said. "My favorite part was some of the areas along the Paul Bunyan Trail."
BEMIDJI—BSU alumni and former basketball player Brock Tesdahl took first place in the Bemidji Blue Ox full marathon for the third time Saturday. This time, he did so in record-breaking fashion. With a time of 2:36:35, Tesdahl not only earned his third Blue Ox title, he also broke the marathon record of 2:36:47, set by Tom Ritchie of Anchorage, Alaska, in 2014. Tesdahl also took first in the full marathon in 2015 and 2017.
BEMIDJI -- Individuals looking for insurance policies during Minnesota’s open enrollment period that starts Nov. 1 should see a significant cost decrease from years past, MNsure’s top official said Friday. For MNsure -- the state’s health insurance marketplace -- decreases ranging from 7.4 percent to 27.7 percent are expected for customers. During a visit to Bemidji on Friday, MNsure CEO Nate Clark called the decreases a market correction.
BEMIDJI -- The foundation of a sister city relationship between Bemidji and the Italian town of Filottrano has been set -- connected by the explorer that gave Beltrami County its name.
BEMIDJI -- Volunteers and Bemidji Community Food Shelf staff teamed up Tuesday for the organization’s annual fall cleanup day. For nearly three hours, the group conducted deep cleaning, reaching parts of the facility both inside and out.