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 -- Roughly 500 people attended a hearing in Bemidji that may help decide the fate of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline planned to cross northern Minnesota. Supporters and opponents of the $2.6 billion project put forward by Houston-based Enbridge Energy gathered on Wednesday at the Beaux Arts Ballroom inside Hobson Memorial Union at Bemidji State University for the third of five hearings this week organized by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the regulatory body that has the power to approve or deny the project.
BEMIDJI -- Gardens won out over guns and road construction in the 2015 race for county development grant funding. In a work session Tuesday, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners chose which community groups should be awarded grant funding through the annual Development Grant. More than $102,000 was awarded among eight groups: Greater Bemidji, the Headwaters Science Center, the Boys & Girls Club, the Blackduck History and Art Center, the Beltrami County Historical Society, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf and the Beltrami County Ag Association. The board used the criteria of whether th
BEMIDJI -- Enbridge Energy officials discussed this week's hearings on the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline planned to run through northern Minnesota -- including one in Bemidji Wednesday -- during an interview with the Pioneer on Tuesday. The hearings are part of an ongoing process where Enbridge will need to prove to state officials at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that the $2.6 billion Sandpiper project is necessary before it can be built.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday appointed a management team to fill in for former City Manager John Chattin, who retired Dec.
New Bemidji City Council members were sworn in during the meeting Monday, the first meeting of 2015. (From left) Bemidji City Council Member Reed Olson, Mayor Rita Albrecht and City...
BEMIDJI -- Jim "Doc" Thompson, Bemidji City Council member from 2010 to 2014, says he will leave the post with both pride and regret. Thompson chose not to run again earlier this year, and will be replaced in the at-large seat on the council by former mayor Dave Larson when Larson is sworn in Monday. During a recent interview with the Pioneer, Thompson, 81, said he was disappointed many of the objectives he set out to accomplish on the City Council were never achieved. "When I started this whole process, I wanted to get a cleaner Lake Bemidji, and all the annexation we could possibly get,"
BEMIDJI -- As a new year arrives, friends are rallying to provide a chance at renewal for a Bemidji teacher and her family dealing with more than enough adversity. Debby...
BEMIDJI -- A group of about 15 intrepid hikers started 2015 off on the right foot Thursday with a walk in Lake Bemidji State Park. The event was one of...
BEMIDJI -- The American Legion building downtown will be sold to become the new Bar 209, officials said Monday. American Legion commander Bob Aitken said Ralph Gracie Post No. 14 plans to sell the building at 217 Minnesota Ave. NW in downtown Bemidji that's been its home for 25 years. Although the post itself will remain active, the bar/restaurant the Legion operates will close as of Thursday, when the liquor and food licenses expire, he said. "Times have changed," he said.
BEMIDJI -- After being presented the Legion of Honor on Tuesday, James Walker of Bemidji struggled to put into words how grateful he felt to have survived one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, and for the support of his loved ones. Instead, Walker looked out at the Beltrami County boardroom, packed with generations of friends and relatives, and said simply, "Thank you, thank you, thank you." The French government conferred the rank of Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion Of Honor upon Walker, thereby awarding him the highest honor France can bestow on a non-citizen. Walker joined the