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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BENA—Three members of the U.S. Congress toured the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School on Wednesday on the Leech Lake reservation, getting a first-hand look at conditions that have made the school a decrepit symbol of how America is underfunding its Indian education system. Reps. Rick Nolan and John Kline of Minnesota and Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana took advantage of the congressional spring recess to tour the school and meet with local officials. Each had their own reason for being there: Nolan, a Democrat, represents the Leech Lake band as part of the Eighth Congressional District.
BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to add staff to the Beltrami County Jail, and heard an update on planned renovations to the building. In March, the board voted to partially suspend the project in light of additional state staffing requirements for the facility, going forward with only the first phase of planned renovations.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council on Monday heard from the Chief Bemidji Statue Committee on efforts to memorialize one of Bemidji’s historic city fathers, five years in the making...
BEMIDJI -- More than 50 people, most of them ranchers and farmers, gathered in Bemidji on Thursday to hear how the government can compensate them when their cattle are killed...
BEMIDJI -- Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Kurt Daudt toured Bemidji Woolen Mills on Monday and also talked about the back-and forth in St. Paul over what Minnesota’s...
BEMIDJI -- Lower turnout in a non-election year didn’t deter the Beltrami County DFL from holding its annual convention and fundraising dinner Monday at the Bemidji Eagles Club. Speakers were...
BEMIDJI -- The Cowboy Jack’s restaurant and bar located between, and connected to, the Country Inn and Suites and the Sanford Center should open in the next few weeks.
BEMIDJI -- A family member of a man recently charged with selling illegal synthetic drugs, through a chain of Minnesota smoke shops, plans himself to open a smoke shop in Bemidji. Last month, the city of Bemidji issued a business license for Kareem Wazwaz to open a "Smokes 4 Less" store at 550 Paul Bunyan Drive NW. But earlier this month, his brother, Omar Wazwaz of New Brighton, Minn., was indicted on federal charges of selling synthetic cannabinoids through the same chain of stores. Charges filed March 17 in U.S.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council voted to approve the contract negotiated with incoming city manager Nate Mathews, following debate over whether his proposed salary was justified. After Mathews was picked by the council on March 16, he negotiated a salary with consultant Dave Unmacht of public sector advisory firm Springsted, which has contracted with the city throughout the manager search process. Mathews served as city administrator of Staples, population 2,907, since September 2007.
BEMIDJI -- The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on whether to recommend approval of a new hotel planned for the south side of...