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 -- Local butcher shop Stittsworth Meats has bought a new building to keep up with demand, owner Mychal Stittsworth said on Monday. Stittsworth Meats will relocate its operations next door, moving from its current site at 716 Paul Bunyan Drive NW to the former Netzer's Floral building, which has roughly double the square footage available, Stittsworth said. Stittsworth Meats leases its current space and had eventually planned to move at some point anyway, but Netzer's moving out spurred Stittsworth into action, he said. "It's such a short distance (away), we figured we better take ad
CLEARBROOK -- Representatives from Canadian oil company Enbridge Energy met with residents in Clearbrook, Minn., on Wednesday, the first in a series open houses ahead of another massive pipeline project...
BEMIDJI -- The Watermark Art Center has used a $250,000 anonymous donation to purchase the former Bemidji Masonic Temple on the corner of Fifth Street and Bemidji Avenue North. Watermark...
BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners talked about potentially switching control of several rural roads with local townships Tuesday at a series of meetings. About 40 people turned out both to the meeting at Northern Township's Town hall and the Community Center in Eckles Township. The Eckles Township discussion centered on Balsam Road, which county officials said will see an increasing amount of traffic.
BEMIDJI -- The city's Public Affairs Committee met with the Beltrami Humane Society on Monday to improve relations in the wake of friction between the two groups. Humane Society Executive Director Brandon Mustful was concerned about the treatment of animals within the city pound, which is run by the Bemidji Police Department.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Center staff anticipate the Bemidji regional event center's annual operating deficit will decrease to about $325,600 in 2015, according to a business and marketing plan released Monday. Final accounting numbers for 2014 won't be released until early next year, but it was estimated that this year's deficit would be about $350,000. A year-end report from put the 2013 deficit at about $367,500.
In this photo, Megan Treuer and her children, Xavier Shipley 7, and Matilda Shipley, 6, take part in a protest late Tuesday afternoon on Bemidji Avenue following a grand jury's...
BEMIDJI -- CVS Health is planning a pharmacy store in Bemidji to supplant what is now a strip mall at the intersection of Paul Bunyan Drive and Bemidji Avenue North as well as several private homes nearby. The developer, Velmeir Companies of West Bloomfield, Mich., has a purchase agreement with Thomas Reise, the owner of the strip mall and three other parcels, according to the agenda packet for the Nov.
BEMIDJI -- Supporters of the planned shooting sports park northwest of Bemidji are on the home stretch of fundraising needed to build the facility. The $1.75 million Northland Regional Shooting Sports Park is planned to take up about 200 acres of the 360-acre Northland Regional Sports Park. Bob Naylor, a member of the Northland Regional Shooting Sports Fund Advisory Committee, on Monday said the project has raised about $1.1 million, leaving about $650,000 to go. "Our immediate goal is to raise about $300,000 or $400,000, so we can get the project going," Naylor said.
BEMIDJI -- Opportunity Africa has no fixed address, but it aims to carve a niche in the world for understanding across continents. Although its mailing address is in Bemidji, the true location of the nonprofit is wherever its co-founder, Heather Buesseler, and other volunteers happen to be at any given moment. Opportunity Africa works for two main goals: provide tuition funding for economically disadvantaged students in the French-speaking Central African country of Cameroon, and connect those students with Minnesotan students of French, so that both cultures learn about each other. Buessel