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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BEMIDJI – A world traveler, businesswoman, friend of the arts, Rotarian and education advocate. Helen Gill was an “executive style lady” whose generosity, kindness and leadership inspired generations of Bemidjians. In her upper 90s, she died Wednesday.
BEMIDJI – The media attention is enough to make Joe Lueken blush. By sunrise Saturday, he was reading a newspaper at the store bearing his name on Bemidji’s south side, surprised by recent media requests from around the globe. “It’s very humbling,” Lueken said. “The scope of things got way bigger than I thought it would be.” It’s not the type of attention he expected after announcing he would transfer ownership of three stores – two in Bemidji and another in Wahpeton, N.D. – to hundreds of employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) starting Jan. 1.
BEMIDJI – Carol Campbell recalls growing up poor, one of seven siblings, in International Falls. The Salvation Army’s work then – providing transportation to a variety of activities – that laid the ground work decades later for her dedication to the nonprofit agency.
Black Friday specials attracted a steady stream of shoppers to the Paul Bunyan Mall on Friday afternoon. Steve Wagner | Bemidji Pioneer
A bicyclist braves a wintery mix of weather Friday afternoon while traveling on 15th Street Northwest in Bemidji. Steve Wagner | Bemidji Pioneer
BEMIDJI – Redrawn district lines pitted incumbents against each other in the Senate District 5 race, with Tom Saxhaug beating out John Carlson in Tuesday’s election for the seat. In complete but unofficial results, Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, received 21,301 votes – or 52.3 percent – to top Carlson, R-Bemidji, who collected 19,362 votes, or 47.6 percent.
BEMIDJI – Rep. John Persell will retain his seat in the Minnesota House, which now finds itself again in the majority after Tuesday’s election.
BEMIDJI – Strong voter turnout at Beltrami County precincts led to results trickling in late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
BEMIDJI – Redrawn district lines pitted incumbents against each other in the Senate District 5 race, with Tom Saxhaug beating out John Carlson for the seat. In complete but unofficial results, Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, received 21,301 votes – 52.3 percent – to top Carlson, R-Bemidji, who collected 19,362 votes, of 47.6 percent. The final results were posted on the Secretary of State's website late Wednesday morning.
BEMIDJI - Rep. John Persell will retain his seat in the Minnesota House, which now finds itself again in the majority after Tuesday’s election. Persell, DFL-Bemidji, easily defeated Larry Howes, a veteran Republican representative from Walker, in a battle of incumbents. Persell received 10,901 votes, or 56.1 percent, to Howes’ 8,497 votes, or 43.8 percent. District lines redrawn earlier this year pitted Persell against Howes in a district that includes parts of Beltrami, Cass and Itasca counties.