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BEMIDJI -- The process of moving Bemidji Masonic Lodge 233 from its former temple downtown to a newly bought building on the south end of Bemidji is in full swing, member Dick Labraaten said Friday. Labraaten said the Masons have met informally in the new building -- a former Tae Kwon Do school -- but they're waiting for all of their Masonic memorabilia to come over before they hold an official meeting. The Masons were forced to move out of their former temple, more than 90 years old, after leaking pipes this past winter caused water damage too expensive for the group to repair. About seven
BEMIDJI -- After raising $16,000 over five years toward building a dog park on the south end of Nymore Park, fundraisers finally have enough money to start building a space for man's best friend in Bemidji. Construction is expected to start after the city determines what kind of soil is underneath the area.
BEMIDJI -- A large crowd of politicians, business luminaries and other community members was on hand Wednesday for the groundbreaking of Lakeland Public Television's new $4 million facility near the Sanford Center on Bemidji's south shore. The "dream" of building a new facility for Lakeland, currently housed on the BSU campus, became reality through the hard work of Lakeland staff and supporters, LPTV Board President Doug Oman said in his remarks. "Dreams do come true," Oman said. The state of Minnesota put forward almost $3 million in bonding money toward construction of the new facility,
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BEMIDJI -- Shared Vision, Bemidji's council on race relations, discussed controversial plans to honor American Indians on Columbus Day at its meeting Tuesday. Several fiery letters to the editor in opposition to changing Columbus Day have run in the Pioneer during recent weeks, letters which Shared Vision members referenced during the discussion. However, Shared Vision's ultimate goal may not necessarily be to change Columbus Day -- the second Monday in October -- in Bemidji to something else.
BEMIDJI -- Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, detailed to the Bemidji City Council on Monday what the Minnesota Legislature accomplished this year -- but he also took flak on the lack of a transportation funding bill. This year's session began Feb.
BEMIDJI -- A special group of out-of-towners is in Bemidji for the first part of summer -- but they're toting shovels rather than shopping bags. From mid May to mid-June, a nine-member team of young adult volunteers from Americorps, a national government-sponsored service organization, will do community service projects in Bemidji. They'll serve as tour guides/exhibit facilitators at Headwaters Science Center downtown, showing the center's visitors a menagerie of live reptiles and birds.
BEMIDJI -- Emergency workers in Beltrami County are preparing for more trains, including crude oil trains, to run through the area -- and with them, more risk of a spill emergency. Chris Muller, emergency management director for the the county, recently completed a countywide Railroad Information and Emergency Plan, in preparation for a potential emergency incident on area railways.
BEMIDJI -- As state legislators debate how far to go with legalizing medical cannabis in Minnesota, statewide advocacy groups stopped in Bemidji on a tour calling for reform to the state's stance on sticky-icky. Progressive advocacy group Minnesota 2020 and the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) held a tandem press conference Wednesday outside the Beltrami County Judicial Center to highlight what they said were unfair side effects of Minnesota's enforcement of laws against recreational marijuana. Minnesota 2020 fellow Nicole Simms said the
BEMIDJI -- Community members rattled off ideas Tuesday for what the Bemidji Carnegie Library should be used for if efforts to move and renovate it prove successful. The Save The Carnegie Committee concept for the building includes space on the top floor to be used for public gatherings like dances or community meetings, and space on the bottom floor to be rented out to private businesses as a means of taking in money to cover the building's operating costs.