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 -- 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
BEMIDJI -- The Watermark Art Center has received a big helping hand from the George A.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Regional Airport Authority has a problem: it can't find anybody to lead it. As of Wednesday, there were no applicants to replace retiring Board Chair Marshall Froyd, with the Dec.
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...