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BEMIDJI -- Endorsed DFL candidate for Secretary of State Steve Simon on Wednesday stopped by Bemidji while campaigning ahead of the Aug. 12 primary. Simon chairs the Minnesota House of Representatives' Elections Committee and on Wednesday touted a new "no-excuses" absentee voting law he chief-authored that takes effect for this year's election. The law removes a requirement that absentee voters swear, under threat of perjury, they will in fact be absent from their regular polling place on election days. "That is the prize that I worked on for a long time," he said.
BEMIDJI -- Former longtime DFL state representative Matt Entenza flew into Bemidji on Tuesday while campaigning in one of Minnesota's most-watched primary races. Entenza is challenging incumbent State Auditor Rebecca Otto in the only major DFL primary contest. On Tuesday, he talked about his new push to prevent pension privatization, and Otto's claim he's just running for auditor to cement a future attempt at the governor's chair. Entenza said his campaign's last big push ahead of the Aug. 12 primary vote would center on public employee pensions.
BEMIDJI -- State Auditor Rebecca Otto on Wednesday said her opponent in the DFL primary, Matt Entenza, was responsible for the unusually negative tone in the race. “I don’t want...
BEMIDJI -- This summer has seen a spate of severe weather -- including a nasty storm Monday -- but Beltrami County residents have several ways to protect themselves, both with walls and with information. Emergency Management Director Chris Muller said there's only one public-access emergency storm shelter in the county: Mt. Zion Church in the Nymore neighborhood of Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- Developers, BSU staff and the public got a chance to speak their mind Thursday on the University Heights project. That project calls for construction of apartments and commercial space on what was once the site of Bemidji High School, across the street from BSU.
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...