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 -- Candidates running for office in Beltrami County's government debated Wednesday for the final time in 2014 during two forums. County Commissioner candidates Matt Bliss and Keith Winger kicked off the night's events, followed by County Attorney candidates Annie Claesson-Huseby and David Hanson.
BEMIDJI -- Local candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives spots had their third and final debate Tuesday at City Hall. The forum featured the contest between Rep. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, and Republican Dave Hancock in Minnesota House District 2A.
BEMIDJI -- GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden spent one of the final days of his campaign in the Northland on Monday as the 2014 election season draws to...
BEMIDJI -- The event that brightens Bemidji's longest nights needs a little jolt. Lori Paris, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce president, said Monday the annual "Night We Light" celebration is about $8,000 short of the money it needs to put on the full downtown display of trees alight with strings of electric bulbs.
BEMIDJI -- Good news came earlier this month for Bemidji officials hoping for $1.65 million in state funding for the planned Lake Bemidji cleanup. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council recommended at its Oct.
BEMIDJI— Mayoral candidates Rita Albrecht and Jorge Prince weighed in on city issues like redevelopment and the upcoming referendum Thursday for their second debate in three days. Bemidji High School...
BEMIDJI -- Candidates from two races for the Minnesota Legislature took part in a forum Wednesday at City Hall that started slow, but escalated quickly. In the House District 2A race, candidates Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, and GOP challenger Dave Hancock faced off against each other in the debate. In the House District 5A race, John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, along with Republican opponent Phillip Nelson also took part. Wednesday's forum, which wasn't as well attended as League's city and county forum the night before, got off to a sleepy start.
BEMIDJI -- A packed City Hall audience of about 75 people got a chance on Tuesday to see key stances on issues ranging from homelessness to public art from those running for office in the city of Bemidji. The League of Women Voters sponsored a candidate forum featuring mayoral candidates Rita Albrecht and Jorge Prince, as well as City Council candidates Don Heinonen and Dave Larson. Many of the audience-submitted questions were general in nature, but a few moments revealed actual policy positions from the candidates. One question asked the candidates to address the homeless problem in Bemid
RED LAKE -- U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., along with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., visited two northern Minnesota American Indian reservations on Sunday. In Red Lake on Sunday, Franken and Tester met with the Tribal Council, followed by a brief campaign meet-and-greet for Franken, who is being challenged by businessman Mike McFadden.
BEMIDJI -- With redevelopment of the South Shore in full swing, attention has turned to rejuvenating another blighted part of the city. A public forum Tuesday reignited the discussion on redevelopment of the "Rail Corridor," a 20-acre stretch of largely vacant city-owned land adjacent to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway running through Bemidji by the Mississippi River. The group Greater Bemidji, the city and the Headwaters Regional Development Commission all want to see the space redeveloped, but there are a number of complications.