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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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For one night, Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Gospel — not just Soul. Franklin has been inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame along with country and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, singer-songwriter Dallas Holm, family group The Hoppers, the late televangelist Rex Humbard and Christian rockers Love Song. Franklin couldn't attend the induction at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, Tenn., but sent a video message played during the ceremony.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are asking the state Department of Natural Resources to halt plans for a wolf hunt in northern Wisconsin this fall. Jim Zorn directs the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which includes 11 Chippewa bands. Zorn says the tribe believes the hunt is biologically reckless and culturally harmful to Chippewa Indians. Zorn says the tribe thinks Wisconsin's wolf population goal of 350 is too low and could harm the species.
HELGA TOWNSHIP – The Hubbard County attorney declined to file charges against former Helga Township board member Silas Hooker, 10 months before the current board released a written statement that it had forwarded information to prosecutors for review. On Tuesday, Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said his office has received no new information since the Sept. 16, 2011 letter sent by County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne.
BEMIDJI - For the second time in less than a year, the Sanford Center is looking for an executive director to manage the city-owned building. VenuWorks, contracted to manage and operate the event center for Bemidji, fired Roger Swanson on Wednesday. Swanson, who came to Bemidji after the sudden resignation of Bob LeBarron, served as interim executive director starting last October and took over the post permanently Jan. 1. "Mr.
BEMIDJI - The Sanford Center's executive director has been fired from his job, marking the second time such a move has been made since the facility opened in 2010. Roger Swanson, who took over the post officially at the start of the year, lasted just more than seven months in the job. VenuWorks, which manages and operates the facility, made the move Wednesday. "Mr. Swanson was dismissed for undisclosed violations of the VenuWorks code of conduct as well as not upholding VenuWorks professional standards," a news release issued this morning said.
BEMIDJI - An area nonprofit that builds homes for families and serves low-income homeowners won a national Toyota giveaway contest Tuesday. Northwoods Habitat for Humanity, which serves Beltrami and Clearwater counties, was the Day 86 winner in the 100 Cars for Good campaign sponsored by Toyota, according to the contest website. The prize is subject to verification and formal paperwork. "It solidifies our belief that people believe in our mission and support us," said Geri Hickerson, Northwoods Habitat for Humanity's executive director.
BEMIDJI - Sisters Emily and Kaylee Holler had a sharp eye Friday, finding a hidden token to claim a $250 prize during the First National Bank Bemidji Downtown Dragon Boat Medallion Hunt. Quite a few people zeroed in on the right location, but the successful scavengers looked a little closer than the competition. Emily, 11, said her parents read the first clue in the paper, and she and sister Kaylee, 7, used additional clues online to find the medallion beneath a chair on "Paul's Ride," artwork depicting Paul Bunyan on a ferris wheel. The artwork, on the corner of Second Street and Beltrami
BEMIDJI - A local landlord group is opposing an experimental parking permit plan for a neighborhood adjacent to Bemidji State University. "The best solution to a problem is the simplest one," Duane Sea, president of the Headwaters Landlord Association, said Friday.
BEMIDJI - In an effort to alleviate on-street parking for homeowners and renters near Bemidji State University, the city plans to draft a resolution requiring permits for the neighborhood. The proposed permit area encompasses on-street parking from Birchmont Drive to Bemidji Avenue and 10th to 17th streets northwest. "We picked this area because it has the most area for opportunity," said John Chattin, city manager. "Those streets are jammed...
BEMIDJI - In an effort to alleviate on-street parking for homeowners and renters near Bemidji State University, the city plans to draft a proposal requiring permits. The proposed permit area encompasses on-street parking from Birchmont Drive to Bemidji Avenue and 10th to 17th streets northwest. "We picked this area because it has the most area for opportunity," said John Chattin, city manager. "Those streets are jammed...