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 -- Bemidji School District's scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) are nearly the same as state averages and show a slight uptick since 2013, according to new data from the state Department of Education. Mathematics and reading MCA tests were given in grades 3-8, reading tests are given in grade 10 and math tests are given in grade 11 this past spring.
BEMIDJI -- GOP candidate for governor Jeff Johnson and fellow Republican Torrey Westrom, running for the U.S. Congress, are both confirmed to speak at a Bemidji banquet in September. Johnson and 7th Congressional District candidate Westrom will attend the annual Bemidji Republican Banquet on Sept.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council vigorously debated whether a proposed contract with VenuWorks to operate the Sanford Center was both new and improved Monday. The council voted unanimously to...
BAGLEY -- After tense confrontations earlier this year between Christians and Muslims in Bagley, an interfaith dialogue there Saturday went off without incident. Saly Abd Alla, a civil rights attorney and panelist at the event, fought back tears when it ended as she thanked the attendees for coming. She had anticipated much less civility, she said. "I came here...expecting such hostility because of what we heard about the events that happened in Bagley, they were telling people such horrible things about Muslims," she said.
ST. PAUL-- The Minnesota Senate has formed a bipartisan legislative task force specifically for Greater Minnesota issues, senators announced Friday. Sens. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids and Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, unveiled the eight-member Rural Task Force, designed to identify issues facing the rural areas of the state for possible legislation ahead of the 2015 session. "The needs of Greater Minnesota can be very different than those in the metro area," Saxhaug said in a press release.
BEMIDJI -- The campaign advocating for voters to approve millions of dollars in school levies in November held its first formal meeting on Wednesday. The "Vote Yes Bemidji Proud Committee" discussed the fight ahead of them Wednesday at the Bemidji School District offices: they will attempt to convince voters to fund the building of a new school for fourth- and fifth-graders, the operating costs for the new school, as well as replacing the HVAC system in the middle school. The DLR Group, an architectural firm the School District has used for previous building projects, will advise the Vote Y
BEMIDJI -- A proposed liquor store at a resort on the edge of Beltrami County is raising eyebrows across the border on the Red Lake Nation, which bans the sale and possession of alcohol. At a Beltrami County Board meeting Tuesday, a delegation from the Red Lake Nation voiced opposition to the county possibly granting an off-sale liquor license to Roger's Resort and Campground on the grounds the resort would be selling alcohol too close to the reservation. "It just seems a shame," Red Lake Tribal Council member Gary Nelson said, citing the prevalence of alcoholism and drug abuse on the reser
BEMIDJI — The public voiced anger over removal of stop signs at a Bemidji intersection during the City Council meeting Monday. Four residents, including former mayor Richard Lehmann, complained about...
BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemidji is undergoing a surge in construction even as it struggles to keep up with building and fire safety inspections with limited staff. Construction in 2014 is about $3 million ahead of last year.
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, defeated primary challenger Lavern "Pedie" Pederson in the race Tuesday evening. Persell won with 85 percent to 15 percent with all 70 precincts reporting. Persell has held the seat in what is now District 5A since 2008, having been re-elected twice. Pederson previously ran for state office in 2012, when he lost to state Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, in the DFL primary. He also has run for Bemidji city and school board positions. Phillip Nelson of Bemidji is the Republican candidate in the district.