Have an opinion to share with the community? We don't care if you are right, left, or right down the middle politically. We welcome all letters, and we print virtually all the local letters to the editor we receive, as long as they meet long-established criteria. Letters must be signed by an actual person and include a home address and a telephone number. The address and telephone number are for verification purposes only and will not be printed. Letters can't attack private individuals or be libelous.
When organizers moved the annual Water Carnival festival from near Paul and Babe downtown to the Sanford Center because of park reconstruction, there were immediate cries of foul, as many thought the downtown business district was being left behind. Now, after two years at the Sanford Center parking lot, the Water Carnival is looking to return to downtown. Ironically, it needs to move because of construction -- the ongoing development of the South Shore.
On Wednesday, Bemidji Chief of Police Mike Mastin released the department’s strategic plan for the next three years.
The Bemidji region continues to grow and one of the drivers of that is the availability of health care options to local and area residents.
They came from all around the region. And the country. And the world. An estimated 4 million people took to the streets in some fashion on Saturday to express their concerns about women's rights, education, minority rights, the environment and health care. The spark that lit this fuse, of course, was the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, and it is no coincidence that the events worldwide took place a day after his inauguration.
In the movie "Jaws," when Chief Brody and oceanographer Matt Hooper are trying to explain the danger to the town of Amity by a rogue Great White shark, Mayor Vaughn smugly says: "Martin, it's all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell shark, we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July." In Bemidji, you yell stoplight or stop sign, everybody says "Huh? What?" You say roundabout, we've got a panic on our hands at City Hall.
The first week of January sure did deliver with some highs and lows. The lows were in the form of temperatures, as a winter deep freeze settled in for the Bemidji area. So, let’s concentrate on the highs, the good news of the past week. While it will be a different downtown Bemidji without Kelsey’s Jewelry, the legacy they leave shines bright as a diamond.
A universal you hear about government: fix the darn roads. Well, in Minnesota the past two years, legislators have failed their road test. Transportation funding has been a much discussed topic the past two legislative sessions. And it will be again when the session starts Tuesday, Jan. 3.
It’s always good to end the season on a win. And the Bemidji State University football team did just that Saturday. And now they are bowl champions. BSU topped the...
The holidays are a time for coming together. And Bemidji does the holidays right. Hats off to the Bemidji Jaycees for the annual First City of Lights Celebration, which included the ever-popular Night We Light Parade as well as other events. The lights that adorn the downtown area around the Paul and Babe statues look great and really lend credence to what the banner said at the lighting ceremony: Bemidji is Christmas City. The event is in its 20th year and truly is a way to celebrate community.