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 reconstruction of Paul Bunyan Park is in full swing, with officials working hard to make the area surrounding Bemidji’s famous statues of Paul and Babe the Blue...
BLACKDUCK—Authorities have identified three juvenile suspects they say are responsible for burning a large portion of a historic, 113-year-old trestle bridge in Blackduck. About 200 feet of the 701-footlong railroad trestle bridge in Blackduck burned April 13 in a fire that investigation revealed had been set intentionally.
BEMIDJI-- The Bemidji City Council on Monday expressed a desire to heal following a divisive vote in April whether to include acknowledgement of atrocities against American Indians in the city’s...
BEMIDJI—More than 40 people showed up for a public forum Wednesday at the Sanford Center organized by city and center officials. The point of "Sanford Center Community Open House" was, in the words of Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht, to "share the good, the bad and the ugly" about the sometimes-controversial building. The free event inside the George W.
BEMIDJI --The United States Postal Service plans to merge the Bemidji mail processing center into the Fargo processing and distribution facility in July, the USPS announced Friday. The Bemidji Post Office itself will remain open. Mail sent from Bemidji will now go to Fargo for processing. "This decision...will allow us to make better use of excess space and equipment, as well as process mail more efficiently," the USPS said in a release.
BEMIDJI— A new Bemidji company was awarded $10,000 on Wednesday for its mission to help literature students and stick it to big textbook companies at the same time. LitWeaver, founded by author Will Weaver, was one of three winners of the annual IDEA Competition sponsored by the Bemidji-based Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
BEMIDJI-- Staff at Root Value, Lueken’s Village Foods’ new aquaponics greenhouse, gave a tour of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday. The ultra-efficient greenhouse grows fruits and vegetables in water infused...
BEMIDJI—Lake Bemidji holds one of the highest risk levels for zebra mussel infestation out of studied lakes in Beltrami County, according to a report presented Tuesday to the County Board of Commissioners. Researcher Moriya Rufer, of RMB Environmental Laboratories in Detroit Lakes, said Lake Bemidji's high level of use, connections to upstream lakes and ideal mussel habitat all combined to make it a high-risk lake for infestation. Based on the results, Rufer recommended early detection monitoring in the summer months for both juvenile and adult zebra mussels on Lake Bemidji, Gull Lake,
BEMIDJI -- After a spirited and sometimes racially charged debate, the Bemidji City Council voted 4-3 to include language on proposed plaques for a city park that acknowledges historical atrocities...
BEMIDJI—Upstream TV is to be dissolved, so it can begin anew. Upstream Board Member Roy C. Booth told the city's Public Affairs Committee on Monday that the cable access station's nonprofit status expired in November. The station went off the air for about a week in late January amid reportedly flawed financial accounting, outstanding bills and missing equipment, including some of $44,000 worth of cameras and other video making technology purchased with city funds. The group intends to reorganize as a new nonprofit, Booth said.