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 -- Bemidji could host a potential pilot program for processing mentally ill criminal offenders, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Tuesday. Hodapp reported to the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners on his activities as a member of the Offenders with Mental Illness Work Group, commissioned by the Minnesota Legislature to determine how to address offenders' needs. Hodapp said he thought the group was focusing too much on problems in Twin Cities rather than Greater Minnesota. "We realized the discussions were metro-centric in nature," Hodapp said. To help broaden the spotlig
BEMIDJI --The City Council voted Monday to donate $5,000 toward emergency shelter for chronic inebriate homeless, opening the door to possibly changing its moratorium on giving to nonprofits in the future. The 4-1 decision stemmed from a request put forward at a Dec. 1 council meeting by the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji has a skills gap, and the shortage of trained workers is driving away businesses, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Interim President Bill Blazar said Friday. Blazar spoke to a gathering of Bemidji Area Chamber members at the Hampton Inn as part of a statewide tour of local Chamber groups involved in the "Grow Minnesota" business development program. Roughly 100 Bemidji businesses have been contacted by the program since its inception in 2003.
BEMIDJI -- When Senor Patron closed Dec. 1, it became another bitter part of a pattern at 128 First St. W. Owner Miguel Barboza has three other Mexican restaurants across northern Minnesota, and had planned to move his family to Bemidji as Patron gained ground. But that dream died as exorbitant costs from the 100-year-old building he leased drained his money and his will to stay on First Street. "It's an old building, it's so hard to keep it up" he said.
BEMIDJI -- NASA's Orion spacecraft grabbed headlines last week for a successful practice run ahead of a possible trip to Mars -- and technicians from the Bemidji office of Twin Cities-based EXB Solutions helped build it. The company, which has had a Bemidji location since 2008, specializes in performing software testing -- "validation and verification"-- of aeronautics and defense equipment. EXB CEO Chris Schwartzbauer said Tuesday from the main Hopkins, Minn., office that in the case of their NASA contract, EXB worked on integral parts of the Orion craft. "Our verification was looking at
BEMIDJI -- A proposed 380-person housing development in Bemidji Township got preliminary approval Wednesday from the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board. Developer Jeff Dickson presented plans for the Red Barn Estates at a JPB public hearing. The development is slated to be built on about 50 acres in Bemidji Township over four phases during a 20-year period. Plans call for 127 townhomes, each with its own garage.
BEMIDJI -- Local butcher shop Stittsworth Meats has bought a new building to keep up with demand, owner Mychal Stittsworth said on Monday. Stittsworth Meats will relocate its operations next door, moving from its current site at 716 Paul Bunyan Drive NW to the former Netzer's Floral building, which has roughly double the square footage available, Stittsworth said. Stittsworth Meats leases its current space and had eventually planned to move at some point anyway, but Netzer's moving out spurred Stittsworth into action, he said. "It's such a short distance (away), we figured we better take ad
CLEARBROOK -- Representatives from Canadian oil company Enbridge Energy met with residents in Clearbrook, Minn., on Wednesday, the first in a series open houses ahead of another massive pipeline project...
BEMIDJI -- The Watermark Art Center has used a $250,000 anonymous donation to purchase the former Bemidji Masonic Temple on the corner of Fifth Street and Bemidji Avenue North. Watermark...
BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners talked about potentially switching control of several rural roads with local townships Tuesday at a series of meetings. About 40 people turned out both to the meeting at Northern Township's Town hall and the Community Center in Eckles Township. The Eckles Township discussion centered on Balsam Road, which county officials said will see an increasing amount of traffic.