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 -- Following a private conference with local forestry officials and timber industry representatives Friday morning at the Sanford Center, Gov. Mark Dayton visited the Pioneer offices to discuss a range of issues facing Minnesota. Dayton's opponent, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, said Thursday that Dayton's support for allowing child care workers to unionize in the state was "political payback" for union support of Dayton during the 2010 election. Johnson made the remarks during a press conference in front of Dayton's offices in St.
BEMIDJI-- Development on the south shore of Lake Bemidji is prompting the local Jaycees to create their own little navy out of used pontoon boats. The Jaycees have run the city's annual Water Carnival for 70 years, including a massive fireworks display that costs more that $13,000 to stage. However, lakeshore development will likely deprive the Jaycees of their usual launch site on Nymore Beach for next year's Water Carnival. "It's limiting our fireworks area," Jaycees presidential adviser Char Blashill said Thursday.
BEMIDJI -- Amid dreary cold weather Tuesday, BSU students briefly got a taste of a warmer climate: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A uniformed “guard” roughly escorted a hooded, orange jumpsuit-clad “inmate”...
BEMIDJI — Paul Bunyan will not don a Shriners fez next week to promote the annual BSU Shrine Bowl parade and football game -- or wear any other extra clothing...
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji City Council member Ron Johnson leads a very public life. In addition to 14 years at City Hall, he's spent more than 30 years at Lakeland Public Television, where he works as a design/promotion manager. His life nearly had a public ending in August when Johnson experienced a heart attack while competing on Lakeland's team in the annual Dragon Boat Festival races. Hundreds of people gathered on the shores of Lake Bemidji to watch the races instead looked on as rescue workers tried to restart Johnson's heart through CPR and a defibrillator.
BEMIDJI -- It took more than 10 years' worth of penny jars and pancake feed fundraisers, but a local foundation has finally saved enough to install a statue in Bemidji's Greenwood Cemetery honoring locals who served their country. Since its origins in Bemidji during the early 2000s, the United Together: Veterans and Families Resources Foundation worked bit by bit to raise the $62,000 needed to build the statue. It was finally dedicated in an Aug. 23 ceremony.
Bemidji City Manager John Chattin announced Tuesday he will be retiring at the end of the year. "I ... want to thank the best staff I have ever had the opportunity to work with," Chattin said in a letter to the council, which Bemidji Mayor Albrecht read aloud at Tuesday's City Council meeting. In his letter, Chattin did not give a specific reason for retiring, simply stating it was time for a new city manager. His last day will be Dec.
Bemidji City Manager John Chattin announced Tuesday he will be retiring at the end of the year. “I … want to thank the best staff I have ever had the...
BEMIDJI -- An environmental group opposed to the future Sandpiper oil pipeline held a rally Thursday... at the Bemidji offices of the energy company planning to operate the pipeline. Honor the Earth, opposed to the multi-billion dollar pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge Energy, held a rally/press event just outside Enbridge's offices in the city's industrial park. Enbridge proposes running Sandpiper from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to refineries in the Twin Ports area and others.
BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has taken a stricter stance on the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, citing environmental concerns. Calgary-based Enbridge Energy plans to build a $2.6 billion, 616-mile pipeline to transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to refineries in the Twin Ports area and beyond. Its preferred route passes through a large swath of northern Minnesota, curving just south of Park Rapids. In an Aug.