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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.
BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemidji on Monday threw its hat into the ring of local companies, colleges and government units trying to turn the Mayflower Building into an incubator for area startup business. Dave Hengel, Greater Bemidji director, made the case for the City Council to give $150,000 to efforts to buy the mostly-vacant building in the south end of downtown Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- Family and friends gathered Monday to honor the life of Doug Peterson, Bemidji’s mayor for more than a quarter of a century. Peterson died May 6 at the...
BEMIDJI -- Doug Peterson, former longtime mayor of Bemidji, died Tuesday morning at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, family confirmed Wednesday. He was 75. Peterson was mayor from 1975 through 2000,...
RED LAKE -- Red Lake Tribal Secretary Donald Cook Sr. on Tuesday denied Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr.'s assertion Cook instigated the banning of the CEO of the Indian Health Service hospital at Red Lake from reservation lands. "The issue came before the council because of numerous complaints of employees... being terminated or removed from their positions," Cook said "It wasn't like somebody instigated (the ban).