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 -- Katie Carter will become the new executive director at Headwaters School of Music and Arts as of Feb. 2. "I'm excited to get back into the arts scene," she said Tuesday. Carter, who has a background in English language arts and education, replaces retiring director Janet Brademan.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council will consider moving the mandatory bar closing time from 2 a.m.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Deb Junior and Plus retail clothing store inside the Paul Bunyan Mall will close as nearly 300 Deb Stores locations across the country are liquidated. The company filed for bankruptcy in December. Bloomberg news reported Deb Stores had about $90.5 million in assets and $120.1 million in debt as of Dec. 31. Beth Slapnicher, manager of the Bemidji location, said on Friday the store's nine employees would be laid off as part of the closing. "None of us are going to have a job after it liquidates," she said.
BEMIDJI — Both the Republicans and DFLers rolled out their agendas this week for the 2015 session of the Minnesota Legislature that started Tuesday -- but the Bemidji-area delegation has...
BEMIDJI -- Roughly 500 people attended a hearing in Bemidji that may help decide the fate of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline planned to cross northern Minnesota. Supporters and opponents of the $2.6 billion project put forward by Houston-based Enbridge Energy gathered on Wednesday at the Beaux Arts Ballroom inside Hobson Memorial Union at Bemidji State University for the third of five hearings this week organized by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the regulatory body that has the power to approve or deny the project.
BEMIDJI -- Gardens won out over guns and road construction in the 2015 race for county development grant funding. In a work session Tuesday, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners chose which community groups should be awarded grant funding through the annual Development Grant. More than $102,000 was awarded among eight groups: Greater Bemidji, the Headwaters Science Center, the Boys & Girls Club, the Blackduck History and Art Center, the Beltrami County Historical Society, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf and the Beltrami County Ag Association. The board used the criteria of whether th
BEMIDJI -- Enbridge Energy officials discussed this week's hearings on the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline planned to run through northern Minnesota -- including one in Bemidji Wednesday -- during an interview with the Pioneer on Tuesday. The hearings are part of an ongoing process where Enbridge will need to prove to state officials at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that the $2.6 billion Sandpiper project is necessary before it can be built.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday appointed a management team to fill in for former City Manager John Chattin, who retired Dec.
New Bemidji City Council members were sworn in during the meeting Monday, the first meeting of 2015. (From left) Bemidji City Council Member Reed Olson, Mayor Rita Albrecht and City...
BEMIDJI -- Jim "Doc" Thompson, Bemidji City Council member from 2010 to 2014, says he will leave the post with both pride and regret. Thompson chose not to run again earlier this year, and will be replaced in the at-large seat on the council by former mayor Dave Larson when Larson is sworn in Monday. During a recent interview with the Pioneer, Thompson, 81, said he was disappointed many of the objectives he set out to accomplish on the City Council were never achieved. "When I started this whole process, I wanted to get a cleaner Lake Bemidji, and all the annexation we could possibly get,"