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 -- Endorsed GOP candidate for U.S. Congress Torrey Westrom on Tuesday visited Bemidji for an interview with the Pioneer. The House hopeful talked about Obamacare, the Keystone XL pipeline, guns and immigration. Westrom was campaigning in the northern reaches of Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District, where the state senator from Elbow Lake aims to unseat Democrat Collin Peterson. Westrom called for repealing and replacing Obamacare.
BEMIDJI -- Joe Lueken, longtime businessman and community supporter, died early Sunday morning after battling cancer, his family said Monday. He was 72. His son David told the Pioneer that...
BEMIDJI -- A representative from the Bemidji Downtown Alliance proposed the Bemidji City Council take a bigger role in governing downtown parking on Monday, following citywide controversy over parking regulations. In a report on BDA activities to the council, Denise Koenigsberg of the BDA's Parking Committee recommended greater cooperation between the council and the committee.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Downtown Alliance will seek approval for increasing the fee for yearly parking permits from the City Council at the regular meeting Monday. The proposed increases are the first changes to the fee structure since 2005, according to chart provided to the council by Denise Koenigsberg of the BDA's Parking Committee. The rates are planned to increase about $5 to $10 for the 2014-15 year at all lots except for the Lot 8 south of the Visitor Center.
BEMIDJI -- DFL candidate for lieutenant governor Tina Smith visited the new local DFL headquarters in Bemidji on the campaign trail Thursday . Smith joined local legislators Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, and Rep. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, at the event, where she reminded the audience of the necessity of getting out the vote. "Remember, the governor won with 8,866 votes and Rep. Erickson won with about 2,000 votes," she said. "That means, somewhere along the way, if 2,000 people don't show up to vote this year, we're...
BEMIDJI -- A proposed special archery hunt to cull deer from the vicinity of Bemidji Regional Airport was rejected Wednesday by the Airport Authority Board. A similar hunt near the...
BEMIDJI -- A selection committee has chosen a mural design by local artist Wesley May for the side of the Wastewater Treatment plant in Bemidji. The mural is planned to...
BEMIDJI -- Although a large anti-oil protest banner unfurled during the All-Star Game on Tuesday used a slogan associated with the activist group Honor the Earth, the protest was not...
BEMIDJI -- State and local officials visited a home on Bemidji's north side Tuesday to highlight a program that helps renovate low-income homes across the state. Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency commissioner, and Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht visited a house on Bemidji Avenue that will see renovations by "A Brush With Kindness," a Habitat For Humanity program that provides home renovations for those in need. Mara Kemmer told reporters the house she and her husband and their 5-year-old daughter call home was built in the 1960s and has little insulation to keep out the wind, as
BEMIDJI -- Karin Housley, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, stopped in Bemidji on Tuesday while campaigning in northern Minnesota ahead of the Aug. 12 primary election. Running on a ticket with millionaire businessman Scott Honour, Housley is a realtor and state senator from St.