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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Wednesday showcased a bill intended to help narrow the job skills gap in Minnesota and nationwide that passed with bipartisan support the same day. In a phone interview, Franken noted the root law that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reforms has not been reauthorized by Congress since 1998. "It took the Great Recession to wake everyone up," he said.
BEMIDJI -- The city plans to buy two parcels of land behind Walgreens on Paul Bunyan Drive NW in hopes of relieving traffic on the artery that accesses much of Bemidji's retail stores. The Bemidji City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to buy the parcels for $140,000 plus closing costs in order to eventually extend 24th Street NW, which runs parallel to Paul Bunyan Drive. City Engineer Craig Gray said during the regular City Council meeting that the total estimated cost of extending the street 275 feet to Irvine Avenue would be roughly $270,000, including the land price plus construction costs fo
BEMIDJI — In addition to possible tax incentives, the University Heights development project will get another boost from the city in the form of new water and sewer mains. The...
BEMIDJI -- Mike McFadden, endorsed GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, stopped in Bemidji on Saturday during the .5K kids' run taking place as part of the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival festivities. In addition to Bemidji, the Fourth of July weekend leg of McFadden's statewide campaign tour included Walker and Bagley. McFadden said he also planned to stop in Warroad as part of a ceremony honoring local members of the U.S.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Axemen majority owner Chris Kokalis said Monday he intends to sell all or part of his stake in the minor league football team. "I really want to find local folks to take this team to the next level," he said. "That's been the goal from the beginning.
BEMIDJI -- Recent flooding caused as much as $70,000 in estimated public property damages in Beltrami County, officials said Thursday. The damage costs fall below the $155,000 threshold for the...
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji mail processing center is planned to close sometime in 2015, United States Postal Service officials said Wednesday. USPS spokesperson Pete Nowacki confirmed the Bemidji customer service...
ITASCA STATE PARK -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., visited the Mississippi Headwaters at Itasca State Park on Tuesday to highlight the national fight against the spread of environmentally harmful silver carp up the river. Klobuchar showcased one victory in particular: the act of Congress that recently closed the St.
BEMIDJI -- Tourists and local Paul and Babe lovers will have access to the iconic statues unrestricted by renovations to Paul Bunyan Park -- at least until August. Marcia Larson, Bemidji Parks and Recreation director, said although construction was previously scheduled to start in July, it will now start after the Dragon Boat Festival the first weekend in August. "At that point, the parking lot, trail area, sidewalks, those will all probably be closed off," Larson said. Larson said the city will start examining bids July 10, and the City Council is scheduled to pick a contractor July 21.
WALKER -- Rick Nolan did some literal trailblazing while on the campaign trail Saturday. U.S. Congressman Nolan donned work gloves and hefted a pulaski, the combination axe/hoe tool, while helping...