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 -- Although it was a moment dedicated to global understanding, speakers at Concordia Language Villages' International Day could not help but mention war during the rededication of the camps' Peace Site on Friday. Recent U.S.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday acknowledged the fact that no building lasts forever. The council voted 5-1 to approve a 2.2 percent property tax levy increase of $84,000 dollars in the 2015 budget to future repairs to the Sanford Center. Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht was the sole no vote on the motion. The four-year-old building may need repairs in the near future, after chronic rainwater leaks were reported earlier this summer.
BEMIDJI -- Although the Bemidji City Council previously considered dumping its contract with VenuWorks for management of the Sanford Center, an advisory board meeting Monday indicated the city will likely continue to contract with the Iowa-based arena management company. The Sanford Center Advisory Board could not make an official recommendation to the City Council since not enough members were present Monday to form a quorum, but an unofficial "consensus" approved a new contract between VenuWorks and the city. City Manager John Chattin, who played a lead role in contract negotiations, said
BEMIDJI -- In the shadow of a state decision Thursday to study alternative routes for the proposed $2.6 billion Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, politicians weighed in on whether to wait for new and different pathways through Minnesota or go ahead with Enbridge Energy's original proposed plan. Enbridge, a Calgary-based energy company, has said studying alternative routes could delay the project by at least three years, and building on a different route could mean as much as $455 million in additional costs. One of the biggest political skirmishes over the line so far has been between U.S.
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, along with Reps. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, and Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, took a break from campaigning Wednesday to send out a call for more people to submit property tax credit applications. DFL legislators previously promised to lower property taxes through more aid to towns and cities, as well as credits to taxpayers like the ones Thissen, Erickson and Persell were touting in Bemidji. The 2014 tax credit applications for homeowners and renters are due Aug.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Axemen was sold to a mostly-local ownership group, general manager Adam Barnhardt said Tuesday. Former majority owner Chris Kokalis sold his stake in the professional Indoor Football League team to four owners: three locals and one from Roseau. Barnhardt declined to publicly identify all of the new owners, but said former minority stakeholder Ross Ladehoff is one of them. The new group is in full control and the IFL approved the sale on Tuesday after it was completed July 29, he said. "We're hopefully going to be around ...
Bemidji City Council member Ron Johnson is recovering after suffering a cardiac event at the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday. In their reports at the end of Monday’s...
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Public Library has seen a “wave” of patron behavior incidents in recent weeks, branch manager Paul Ericsson reported to the City Council on Monday. “We’ve experienced...
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider choosing a realtor to help sell land near the south shore of Lake Bemidji. The council, acting as the Bemidji Economic Development Authority, may choose from several Bemidji-area brokers who responded to a call for applications to provide multiple listing services in selling about 16 acres of land.
LAPORTE -- Organizers in this town of 111 residents have raised thousands of dollars for a proposed trailhead on the Paul Bunyan State Trail: money from private donations, government grants, even a bake sale. Fundraisers garnered a big enough percentage of the total project cost -- slightly less than $200,000 -- to begin construction on the proposed park, which includes a shelter, picnic tables, grills, a playground and the 14-car parking lot. So far, $23,588.01 has been raised from donations from individuals alone, about $212.50 for every citizen of Laporte. The shelter is projected to be