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 Radioshack is on a company list of potential locations to be closed following the company's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday. Reuters reported Thursday that RadioShack plans to sell between 1,500 and 2,400 of its 4,100 stores to a hedge fund and also could close as many as 2,100 others with the help of a liquidation firm. A call to the Bemidji RadioShack was referred to the company's media relations division.
BEMIDJI -- After going dark last month amid staffing issues and financial difficulty, Upstream TV has been back on the airwaves since Jan. 28, with new shows and fervent public support. "Support has been outstanding, people were really worried when they saw us off the air and have expressed their thanks upon our return," Upstream board member Roy C. Booth said Friday.
BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced it had temporarily ordered a halt to a massive conversion of thousands of acres of Minnesota pine forest into farmland out of concern for the state's water supply and forest ecosystem. North Dakota-based potato grower R.D. Offutt Co. already has bought or could buy some 27,000 acres of Potlach Corp.
BEMIDJI -- The student government at Bemidji State University on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. The BSU Student Senate voted to become the first college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. Two non- MnSCU campuses in Minnesota -- Macalester and the College of Saint Benedict -- have already done so. Sens.
BEMIDJI -- The team from WCCO-TV news plans to become acquainted with the home of Paul Bunyan this week, shooting video and broadcasting live from Bemidji, including shows out on the ice. The visit is WCCO's third "Goin' To The (Frozen) Lake" program, a winter-themed version of their recurring summer segment, "Goin' To The Lake." WCCO anchor Frank Vascellaro said he's never been to Bemidji before, but he was excited to explore the quintessentially Minnesotan city. "How can you live in Minnesota and not go to Bemidji, right?," he said.
BEMIDJI -- A review of a new county Social Services employee position morphed into a broader talk on the issue of court-ordered child placement at Red Lake on Tuesday during a Beltrami County Board of Commissioners work session. Social Services Division Director Jeff Lind and Finance Director Janelle Vance were supposed to give a report on the new Case Aid position filled by Debbie Poxleitner in Red Lake in July.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday directed city staff to halt work on switching the mandatory bar closing time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. The Council told City Attorney Al Felix to set aside the task of working on a draft ordinance switching the times. Felix said he had received a large amount of negative feedback on the proposed ordinance change. "I too can tell you from a staff perspective, at least in my experience...
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider replacing the severe weather warning siren system. Bemidji Fire Chief Dave Hoefer will present study findings from an inspection Allendale, Mich.-based West Shore Services conducted this past fall of the city's siren system. Bemidji's existing sirens are so outdated the manufacturer stopped making them in the 1980s, the report said. Based on the study, Hoefer recommended replacing the six sirens already in use (projected to cost from $120,000 to $147,000), adding two additional sirens ($20,000 to $24,500 each) and upgrading the act
BEMIDJI -- The issues of school levies and college students voting in local elections took heat from attendees at a listening session on local taxes Saturday. About 50 people attended the session hosted by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa and Rep. Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji American Legion Ralph Gracie Post 14 is struggling to survive. Like other Legion posts around the country, Post 14's members who served in World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars are gradually passing on, without veterans from the 9/11 generation of conflicts stepping in to bolster the ranks. The dwindling membership trend came sharply into focus about New Year's, when the post closed its bar/restaurant, and again Monday, when they sold their building outright. But Post 14's members, graying though they may be, remain determined to preserve an organization th