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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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.
BEMIDJI -- During its inaugural season that ends Wednesday, the Bemidji Nice Ride bikeshare program saw participation numbers that were, well, pretty nice. Director Melinda Neville said Friday there were more than 1,000 rides on those ubiquitous orange bikes that popped up all around Bemidji this past spring. "The interest, enthusiasm and commitment of local leaders, our partners at the locations, and the community at large is wonderful," Neville said. Bemidji was the first Greater Minnesota city chosen for the program by Nice Ride Minnesota, which operates the bike-sharing program in the T
BEMIDJI -- With less than 20 days until the Nov. 4 election, a full plate of debates are slated in the coming weeks in Bemidji. The League of Women Voters has organized multiple debates over two days starting Tuesday at Bemidji City Hall. First up on Tuesday are debates for Beltrami County Commissioner, Beltrami County Attorney, Bemidji Mayor and Bemidji City Council Member (at-large) starting at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, also at 7 p.m.
BEMIDJI -- After a year of construction, the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson opened Friday with the hubbub of the Blue Ox Marathon happening only feet away at the...
BEMIDJI -- A push for an event recognizing American Indians around Columbus Day has stalled in Bemidji as other Minnesota cities discuss revising their approach to a federal holiday some consider problematic. City Manager John Chattin serves as treasurer for Shared Vision, a local race relations board. Earlier this year, board members put forward the idea of changing the name "Columbus Day," which is Monday, to something honoring American Indians.
BEMIDJI -- A special street assessment system may be put in place for the 2015 round of the Bemidji's annual renewal project. The plans are to repave Sherman Drive Northeast and pave two gravel side streets, White Birch Avenue Northeast and Piper Drive Northeast, near where the Mississippi River flows out of Lake Bemidji on its east shore.
BEMIDJI -- A mentally ill man who was allegedly beaten by fellow inmates in Beltrami County jail and then furloughed so the county wouldn't have to pay medical expenses filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday. Theran Stai, 46, filed claims at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against both Beltrami County as a whole and individual county staff, including jail administrators and Sheriff Phil Hodapp.
BEMIDJI -- The recent death of two homeless people in Bemidji sparked two discussions at Monday's Bemidji City Council meeting: expressions of sympathy and plans on how to prevent more people from slipping away. During the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting, Mike Bredon spoke as chair of the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless about the deaths and the need for emergency housing as winter approaches.
BEMIDJI -- There are scores more runners expected in this year's Blue Ox races than the inaugural races held in 2013 -- with revamped courses to boot. Last year there were 912 total reservations, but as of Oct. 2, there were more than 1,000 runners registered for all 2014 races, race director Phil Knutson said.