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 -- A judge has dismissed the bulk of the second lawsuit over annexation of property from Bemidji Township to the city of Bemidji, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Judge Jana Austad dismissed all of Bemidji Township's claims against the city, Northern Township and the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, except for a claim against the city seeking an explanation of how the city formulated tax redistribution numbers. In her decision, Austad said the claims in the second lawsuit were too similar to the claims in the initial annexation lawsuit, which is pending appeal.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji mayoral candidates met Thursday for their final debate ahead of the Nov.4 election next week. Incumbent Mayor Rita Albrecht faced off against challenger Jorge Prince, and candidates for City Council -- Don Heinonen and Dave Larson -- also participated. Voters filled Bemidji City Council chambers to hear the forum, and their attention was rewarded with one of the liveliest of the four mayoral debates this season. Pressure in the waning days of the campaign season was evident as Albrecht and Prince crossed swords multiple times during the night.
BEMIDJI -- Nearly 200,000 Minnesotans have requested absentee ballots in 2014 as of Thursday, a release from the Secretary of State's office said. More than 125,000 of the ballots were turned in and accepted. "The 125,358 accepted absentee ballots to date is a 61 percent increase compared to 77,677 at this time in 2010," the release said.
BEMIDJI -- Candidates running for office in Beltrami County's government debated Wednesday for the final time in 2014 during two forums. County Commissioner candidates Matt Bliss and Keith Winger kicked off the night's events, followed by County Attorney candidates Annie Claesson-Huseby and David Hanson.
BEMIDJI -- Local candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives spots had their third and final debate Tuesday at City Hall. The forum featured the contest between Rep. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, and Republican Dave Hancock in Minnesota House District 2A.
BEMIDJI -- GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden spent one of the final days of his campaign in the Northland on Monday as the 2014 election season draws to...
BEMIDJI -- The event that brightens Bemidji's longest nights needs a little jolt. Lori Paris, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce president, said Monday the annual "Night We Light" celebration is about $8,000 short of the money it needs to put on the full downtown display of trees alight with strings of electric bulbs.
BEMIDJI -- Good news came earlier this month for Bemidji officials hoping for $1.65 million in state funding for the planned Lake Bemidji cleanup. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council recommended at its Oct.
BEMIDJI— Mayoral candidates Rita Albrecht and Jorge Prince weighed in on city issues like redevelopment and the upcoming referendum Thursday for their second debate in three days. Bemidji High School...
BEMIDJI -- Candidates from two races for the Minnesota Legislature took part in a forum Wednesday at City Hall that started slow, but escalated quickly. In the House District 2A race, candidates Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, and GOP challenger Dave Hancock faced off against each other in the debate. In the House District 5A race, John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, along with Republican opponent Phillip Nelson also took part. Wednesday's forum, which wasn't as well attended as League's city and county forum the night before, got off to a sleepy start.