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 – Strong voter turnout at Beltrami County precincts led to results trickling in late Tuesday and early Wednesday. A look at the complete, unofficial tallies show local voters sided with nearly all of the candidates elected for federal offices. But Beltrami County voters split on the two constitutional amendments on the ballot, most notably favoring the proposal to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
BEMIDJI – Redrawn district lines pitted incumbents against each other in each of State District 5’s races, among the most expensive and highest profile this fall.
BEMIDJI – Some candidates and the school’s operating levy request in today’s election were not included as part of a sample ballot printed in The Pioneer on Sunday.
BEMIDJI – For the first time in three years, Don Bixby packed up his hunting gear and took a lunch for the start of Minnesota’s firearm deer hunting opener. The 64-year-old Bemidji man, who shared his passion for hunting with his three children and was a strict teacher of firearms safety, had missed the past few years due to health issues. Within a few hours of sunrise Saturday, Bixby’s hunt took a terrible turn.
BEMIDJI – Incumbents pitted against each other in the state’s Senate District 5 race have spent nearly $100,000 in a bid to represent a geographical area spanning from Grand Rapids to Bemidji.
BEMIDJI – VenuWorks, the company hired to manage the Sanford Center for the city of Bemidji, said Thursday it would pay the salary for its interim director at the facility.
BEMIDJI – VenuWorks, the company hired to manage the Sanford Center for the city of Bemidji, said this morning it would pay the salary for its interim director at the facility. Steven Peters, president and owner of VenuWorks, said in an emergency special meeting that his company would cover the cost of David Ross, who the company brought in to oversee the facility while the search for a permanent executive director continues.
BEMIDJI – An emergency special meeting for the Sanford Center’s advisory board has been set for this morning to discuss VenuWorks’ attempt to bill the city for its interim executive director.
BEMIDJI – An emergency special meeting for the Sanford Center’s advisory board has been set for this morning to discuss VenuWorks’ attempt to bill the city for its interim executive director. VenuWorks, hired by the city to manage the facility, sent a memo to officials that it planned to bill Bemidji for David Ross’ salary while he temporarily oversees operations at the event center. “I don’t plan to approve that,” Ron Johnson, a city councilor and advisory board member, said Wednesday.
BEMIDJI – The developer planning a hotel and restaurant adjacent to the Sanford Center is looking for a loan to help pay for the connection to the event center. Bemidji city council members are scheduled for a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday at City Hall to consider the proposal through a revolving loan fund. Tiffany Fettig, a business loan consultant for the Headwaters Regional Finance Corp. (HRFC), is scheduled to present the item. The HRFC is a subsidiary of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission.