Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and firstname.lastname@example.org. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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A crime mapping website now gives details on law enforcement activity in Bemidji and Beltrami County. Area law enforcement said it's a great tool for the public - whether you're looking for crime statistics in a potential new neighborhood or just want to know what's going on next door. Last fall, the city and county upgraded its record management software, and as part of the program, website CrimeReports.com allows residents to track real-time policing data where they live. The website has been active in Beltrami County for at least a couple of months, but now is fully functional in Bemidji
Bemidji tops several regional communities, including Fargo and Grand Forks, for call center
Starting Tuesday, you will notice a change in the Bemidji Pioneer. It's been a theme around our building lately, but this one might be a bit different. Instead of reading new content or adjusting to how we deliver news, sports, entertainment and other features you're used to finding in a newspaper, this change has to do with our look. In many ways, our appearance is really important.
A new phase of construction on the CapX2020 project between Bemidji and Grand Rapids will start next week. With 215 large support structures in place between Cass Lake and Cohasset, the next phase calls for helicopters to install conductor wires between the supports. Crews also will use implosive connectors to splice transmission conductor joints, with the goal of stringing the transmission wire by the end of April. "(Drivers) may see some of the helicopter work," said Cindy Kuismi, project communications specialist for Otter Tail Power Co., the lead energy company involved with the CapX202
While hundreds of Blockbuster stores nationwide have recently been identified for closure, the Bemidji video and game rental store will stay open. In fact, the local store's manager said the store is thriving. "Now that we're the last one (rental store) in town, that's made a big difference," Bobbie Scarborough said.
Simone Senogles wants her 11-year-old son to enjoy the same Bemidji she has grown to love. In a changing world, though, preserving the area's natural resources and outdoors beauty is not a given. So Senogles and other like-minded citizens are starting a grassroots group to spread the message of green living through Sustainability Tuesdays, or Ganawendakamigaa endaso-niizho-giizhigak, a program featuring a series of weekly events.
Ten years ago, many of Bemidji's parks were unsightly, and in some cases, unsafe.
A fire burning near Gully, Minn., serves as an example of the region's unusual weather recently. It also highlights the cooperative, collaborative effort among those who fight fires across Minnesota. Members of the Bemidji Fire Department spent three days over the New Year's weekend providing aid to the state's Department of Natural Resources, which has been working to extinguish the fire since Dec.
As the new year starts, it brings a good time to roll out one of the many changes in effect here at the Bemidji Pioneer. One of the things regular readers will notice is a bit of a format change with Patt Rall's column and writing. Her mid-week column will take readers behind the scenes of the Bemidji arts and entertainment world.
Call it the year of unrest. The Bemidji area was marked by protests, a growing footprint of the nation's largest rural hospital network and the changing landscape of the city's south shore as 2011 came to a close. The year started off bumpy when Richard Hanson, president at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, announced cuts amid a $5 million budget shortfall for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. His recalibration plan sparked protests from faculty, staff and students upset by the elimination of four academic programs - BSU's theater and arts history programs and