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-- It could be used as an example of the best that local democracy can “bee:” a new ordinance that encourages both beekeepers and the environmental boost from their hives...
BEMIDJI-- U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., heard Bemidji area officials describe a crisis: mentally ill people in Minnesota aren't getting proper care, and it puts both them and others in danger. The discussion happened during a rural health care roundtable Saturday at Sanford Health Bemidji. Law enforcement officials, mental health professionals and Sanford doctors described a drastic lack of suitable care available to people who are experiencing mental health issues. Dr.
GUTHRIE -- A 25-acre wildfire near Steamboat Lake on Friday afternoon had firefighting aircraft scramble and sent up a large smoke plume visible from Highway 371. A U.S. Forest Service...
BEMIDJI-- U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will be in the Bemidji area Saturday to discuss health care in rural areas and to visit the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School near Bena on the Leech Lake Reservation, his office said in a release Thursday. At 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Franken will be at the BSU Recreation Center, where he will help kick off the March of Dimes Walk.
BEMIDJI -- The proposed shooting sports park northwest of Bemidji snagged a six-figure grant Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced it has given Beltrami County a $400,000-plus grant...
BEMIDJI-- Officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Forestry Division on Wednesday promoted an idea from Gov. Mark Dayton to add $2 million a year to the division’s $24...
BEMIDJI-- A symposium on climate change on Tuesday at BSU emphasized that not only are weather patterns already changing, but they're also affecting northern Minnesota—more so than other areas of the country. The convening was put on by "Climate Minnesota," a two-year public education project organized by the Will Steger Foundation, itself named for famous explorer and environmental advocate Will Steger. The University of Minnesota's Dr.
BEMIDJI—Although there may have been a lot of hemming and hawing lately in St. Paul about Minnesota's $2 billion surplus, the Bemidji City Council had its own $200,000 surplus to figure out how to spend. As City Finance Director Ron Eischens wrote in a memo to the Bemidji City Council, Bemidji's budget had a good year in 2014. "Revenues exceeded expenses on a citywide basis," he said. That meant a $195,945 surplus in the city's general fund.
BEMIDJI—Hundreds of people explored cultures new to them Saturday at the 46th annual Festival of Nations inside the Beaux Arts Ballroom at BSU. The theme of this year's festival, organized by BSU's International Student Organization (ISO), was "Faces of the World." Silhouettes of animals and people from different parts of the globe adorned the walls, but the silhouettes of the people were all the same color, to symbolize the common bond between cultures. Visitors could try their hand at the "Chopstick Challenge," get their face painted or a receive a henna tattoo, or learn how to creat
BEMIDJI--The Bemidji Nice Rice bikeshare program hopes to triple its ridership, director Melinda Neville said Tuesday. The program, already gaining a foothold in the Twin Cities, expanded to Greater Minnesota...