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 -- The Bemidji City Council addressed the public uproar over downtown parking regulations Monday by discussing a possible exemption to the rules. Council members conferred on a pending fix...
BEMIDJI -- The Sanford Center may have to spend as much as $80,000 to find out why the events center sometimes leaks rainwater, officials said Monday. Mike Cronin, the center’s...
BEMIDJI -- Although not officially announced, it appears The Beach Boys are coming to Bemidji. According to Monday’s Sanford Center Advisory Board meeting agenda, the classic rock band’s performance has...
BEMIDJI -- After months of controversy, the Bemidji City Council will consider a proposal Monday that loosens parking restrictions many fear would encourage drunk driving. The dust-up started this spring when the Bemidji Downtown Alliance and the Bemidji Police Department instituted new regulations wherein un-permitted cars parked overnight in downtown public lots could be ticketed.
BEMIDJI -- Dr. Dawn Wyllie of Bemidji has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the state's newly created Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research. The state Legislature legalized medical marijuana use in the 2014 session and set up a program to study its effects. "Gov. Dayton appointed members to this task force who would represent a diverse array of viewpoints and experiences, and ensure this program is implemented both safely and effectively," Dayton spokesperson Matt Swenson said in a statement. "Dr.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Wednesday showcased a bill intended to help narrow the job skills gap in Minnesota and nationwide that passed with bipartisan support the same day. In a phone interview, Franken noted the root law that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reforms has not been reauthorized by Congress since 1998. "It took the Great Recession to wake everyone up," he said.
BEMIDJI -- The city plans to buy two parcels of land behind Walgreens on Paul Bunyan Drive NW in hopes of relieving traffic on the artery that accesses much of Bemidji's retail stores. The Bemidji City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to buy the parcels for $140,000 plus closing costs in order to eventually extend 24th Street NW, which runs parallel to Paul Bunyan Drive. City Engineer Craig Gray said during the regular City Council meeting that the total estimated cost of extending the street 275 feet to Irvine Avenue would be roughly $270,000, including the land price plus construction costs fo
BEMIDJI — In addition to possible tax incentives, the University Heights development project will get another boost from the city in the form of new water and sewer mains. The...
BEMIDJI -- Mike McFadden, endorsed GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, stopped in Bemidji on Saturday during the .5K kids' run taking place as part of the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival festivities. In addition to Bemidji, the Fourth of July weekend leg of McFadden's statewide campaign tour included Walker and Bagley. McFadden said he also planned to stop in Warroad as part of a ceremony honoring local members of the U.S.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Axemen majority owner Chris Kokalis said Monday he intends to sell all or part of his stake in the minor league football team. "I really want to find local folks to take this team to the next level," he said. "That's been the goal from the beginning.