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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We can all breathe a sigh of relief, for now. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced recently a new Oscar category for "popular" films has been benched and won't be featured at the 91st annual ceremony. According to Variety, the Academy stated that the new award "creates challenges for films that have already been released."
BEMIDJI -- One chapter came to an end for the historic Carnegie Library in Bemidji earlier this week, just as another is starting. On Tuesday, representatives from Widseth Smith Nolting architects, Bradbury Stamm Construction, the city of Bemidji and the fundraising group Friends of the Carnegie gathered to celebrate the beginning of the structure’s restoration. The project will renovate the 109-year-old building along Bemidji Avenue North to its former glory.
BEMIDJI -- When it comes to this weekend, Shriners International Imperial Potentate Jim Cain is ready for some football, and more. Cain is the special guest of the 22nd annual Shriners weekend in Bemidji, a two-day event leading up to the BSU Beavers football game against the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles. According to Cain, the event has been on his to-do-list for quite some time.
BEMIDJI -- Park Place Apartments in Bemidji is at capacity and those numbers are meeting the goals of Duluth-based management company Center City Housing. “We’re coming up on a year of being open, and we’ve maintained our full occupancy with some very small exceptions,” said Rick Klun, Center City Housing executive director.
BEMIDJI -- The 2018 Beltrami County Relay for Life is different in a few ways from years past, but the objective remains the same. This year, the 2018 Relay for Life will take place at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds after being held for years at the Sanford Center. Additionally, the local event will be shorter than in other years. Relay for Life Event Lead Stephanie Moe said the change was based on public input.
BEMIDJI—Fall is right around the corner and that means winter isn't too far behind. To ensure furnaces in area homes remain in good working condition, employees at Higgins Heating are once again dedicating time and materials to help keep a home warm this winter season. On an annual basis, Higgins Heating participates in Feel the Love, a campaign launched by Lennox, a national heating and cooling company, and formerly known as Heat Up Minnesota. Through its local dealers such as Higgins Heating, Lennox provides homes in several communities with new furnaces.
BEMIDJI—Free pediatric orthopedic screenings are taking place this Friday in Bemidji thanks to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Twin Cities. For the 18th year, the orthopedic specialty hospital is setting up shop in the region and will provide complimentary screening to determine if a child would benefit from continued care. The program in Bemidji started as a partnership between the Indian Health Service and Shriners Hospital for Children to assist underserved youth in the community.
BEMIDJI -- Mental health and suicide remain difficult subjects for many to discuss. But through a local event held Saturday and a national campaign, advocates are hoping to not only help people become more knowledgeable on the topic, but more open to helping others who face these issues, too.
BEMIDJI -- With the flip of a switch Wednesday, four large solar panel units at Enbridge Energy’s Bemidji office seemingly came to life and faced the sun to begin generating power.
BEMIDJI—More information is needed to understand how feasible it is to restore the area near downtown Bemidji known as the rail corridor. However, one fact already clear to officials is that the market will determine what is developed at the site. According to a marketplace study presented at the Bemidji City Council meeting Tuesday, the site has the potential for 34 units of townhouses and two apartment buildings. But other information gathered in the fact finding process, though, shows the market would also support commercial uses in the area.