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 "Stopgap Committee" of the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless received a conditional $5,000 grant Tuesday from the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners at a county board meeting. The board unanimously voted to grant the money to the Stopgap Committee, which tasks itself with finding emergency shelter this winter for chronic inebriates in the homeless population. Jorge Prince, one of the newest members of the Nameless Coalition, pitched the county for funding at a work session before the regular board meeting.
BEMIDJI -- Local DFL legislators got an earful from the Bemidji City Council and city staff Monday on the issue of how to fund local transportation projects. Rep. John Persell of Bemidji and Sen.Tom Saxhaug of Grand Rapids met with the council to talk about the upcoming session of the Minnesota Legislature, which begins Jan. 6. City officials encouraged the lawmakers to consider legislation allowing "street improvement districts," which change how cities raise money from landowners for infrastructure improvements.
BEMIDJI -- With the 2014 election under Minnesota's belt, attention has turned to the upcoming 2015 legislative session -- and the Bemidji City Council is planning ahead. During its regular meeting Monday, the council will confer with Minnesota Sen.
BEMIDJI -- The Lakeland Public Television building is two and a half months ahead of schedule with construction 95 percent complete, CEO Bill Sanford said Thursday. "The general contractor is probably going to be done ... (the) first week, second week of December," he said. Construction was initially projected to be complete in late February or early March, Sanford said, with the Lakeland staff moving in sometime during late March. The late-March move date remains unchanged even in light of the speedier-than-expected building progress.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Township plans to appeal Ninth District Judge Jana Austad's partial dismissal of its lawsuit against the city of Bemidji, Northern Township and the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, attorney John Steffenhagen said Thursday. "Bemidji Township certainly does respect the district court's order, but does intend to appeal whenever it has the right to do so," he said. In her decision, Austad said the claims in the second lawsuit to arise from the city's annexation of township land were too similar to the claims in the initial annexation lawsuit. "The opportunity Bemidj
BEMIDJI -- Twin Cities-based Hubbard Broadcasting has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Omni Broadcasting, a northern Minnesota-based radio station network that includes all of the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting...
BEMIDJI -- Community members and police tried to offer up solutions to a spate of devastating vandalism on outdoor sculptures during a meeting Wednesday of the Bemidji Public Arts Commission...
BEMIDJI -- National craft chain Hobby Lobby will be Paul Bunyan Mall's new anchor tenant, finally filling the space former anchor Kmart left in late 2012. Scot Snitker, regional manager for property owner Lexington Realty International, said Hobby Lobby tentatively plans to open the Bemidji location sometime in January. "We're very excited," he said. "It'll change the face of the mall." Preliminary renovations on the space were already in progress, Snitker said Tuesday.
BEMIDJI -- After months of preparations, Greater Bemidji will this week close on a deal to buy the Mayflower Building, director Dave Hengel said Monday. Greater Bemidji intends to use the building to house its "Minnesota Innovation Institute" or MI2, a start-up business incubator.
BEMIDJI -- Dale McKenzie has a faded tattoo on his arm with a date from 1943: the day he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Although McKenzie would go on to make a career of the military and serve in three major service branches, the two-plus years immediately following that date on his arm forms the most indelible part of his experience serving his country. A lifetime later as a retiree in Bemidji, McKenzie still remembers treating casualties from the Pacific Theater's bloodiest battles as a corpsman aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Rescue.