Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider replacing the severe weather warning siren system. Bemidji Fire Chief Dave Hoefer will present study findings from an inspection Allendale, Mich.-based West Shore Services conducted this past fall of the city's siren system. Bemidji's existing sirens are so outdated the manufacturer stopped making them in the 1980s, the report said. Based on the study, Hoefer recommended replacing the six sirens already in use (projected to cost from $120,000 to $147,000), adding two additional sirens ($20,000 to $24,500 each) and upgrading the act
BEMIDJI -- The issues of school levies and college students voting in local elections took heat from attendees at a listening session on local taxes Saturday. About 50 people attended the session hosted by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa and Rep. Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji American Legion Ralph Gracie Post 14 is struggling to survive. Like other Legion posts around the country, Post 14's members who served in World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars are gradually passing on, without veterans from the 9/11 generation of conflicts stepping in to bolster the ranks. The dwindling membership trend came sharply into focus about New Year's, when the post closed its bar/restaurant, and again Monday, when they sold their building outright. But Post 14's members, graying though they may be, remain determined to preserve an organization th
BEMIDJI -- The top young spellers in the Bemidji schools matched wits Thursday to see who is the top wordsmith at the 30th annual Spelltacular Spelling Bee at Bemidji Middle School. Eighth-grader Kasey Stokes took first place, correctly spelling "phonics" to win the bee. An avid reader, her favorite books include the Harry Potter series, she said after her victory. "You ask any of my friends, I am either reading or I am dancing," she said.
BEMIDJI -- Students from a Bemidji High School environmental science class had a bird's eye view Wednesday -- in nearly the most literal sense possible. Groups of students from teacher Kristina Hammitt's class of about 30 took turns going up in a crane to place sticks on a nesting platform some 40 feet in the air to help install a replacement habitat for a pair of ospreys on Irvine Avenue north of town near Movil Lake. Crews from Minnkota Power Cooperative removed the original nest in December, which the ospreys built on a power line pole.
BEMIDJI -- Local nonprofit public access television station Upstream TV went off the air last week amid staff departures and financial difficulty. A post on Upstream's Facebook account Jan.
BEMIDJI -- Newly inaugurated Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has changes in mind for Minnesota's voting laws -- changes he says will have a particular effect on convenience of voting and turnout in Bemidji. "If you look at the turnout in Bemidji and countywide over the last few elections, which I have, it tends to fluctuate," he said. Simon said there's been a gradual dip in Beltrami County turnout during midterm elections over time.
BEMIDJI -- Grimes Realty is buying fellow Bemidji realtor ERA Pederson & Associates Realty, Grimes co-owner Jimmy Schoonover said this week. Grimes will add ERA employees to its staff and move offices from Paul Bunyan Drive South into the ERA Pederson building at 2815 Bemidji Ave. N., Schoonover said. The deal is expected to be closed by Feb. 20. "We want to expand, we want to grow," Schoonover said.
BEMIDJI -- For a few moments Thursday, Mike Beard’s closet became the epicenter of a local technological revolution. Beard’s townhome near Anne Street was the first to receive a connection...
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Regional Airport Authority Board is slowly but surely making progress toward getting a new chairperson to replace retiring chairman Marshall Froyd. A application process that originally began in October was extended to Dec. 1 due to an initial lack of applicants, but airport director Karen Weller said Wednesday the board received four eligible applications by the new deadline. At its meeting Wednesday, the board formed a selection subcommittee to help plan its next move.