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BAGLEY -- Controversial Christian speaker Usama Dakdok gave a multi-hour speech on the supposed evils of Islam on Monday at Bagley High School, his third and final presentation in three days in this small, northwest Minnesota community. Dakdok spoke to an audience of about 100 people Monday, mostly seniors.
BEMIDJI -- Oil industry representatives came on Wednesday to Bemidji to head off opposition to new Northern Minnesota crude pipelines. Dan Gunderson and Erin Roth hosted a small invite-only luncheon at the Hampton Inn & Suites for the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group that does lobbying, public relations work and research on behalf of the oil industry. Invitees included local government and school officials as well as business leaders.
BEMIDJI -- Northwest Minnesota residents interested in parks and trails filled City Hall on Tuesday for a planning meeting to help establish an area counterpart to the new statewide Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht and Crow Wing County Natural Resource Manager Bryan Pike were appointed last year by Gov. Mark Dayton to represent the 15-county District 2, one of six districts that make up the commission.
BEMIDJI -- The Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota received a $50,000 donation earlier this spring -- and director Aria Trudeau has no idea who to thank. "This is off the charts," she said of the donation.
BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemidji's Public Affairs Committee recommended the City Council approve a $2,141 request from local public access television station Upstream TV Monday, but took no direct action on a much larger request. In addition to the public education government fees, or PEG fees, Upstream asked for $40,300 in city franchise fee revenue, which is made up of fees assessed to cable providers that operate in Bemidji for the right to use city land.
CLEARBROOK -- Just a few hundred yards southeast of the small town of Clearbrook stands a grouping of huge, white, silo-like structures. Silos, though, wouldn't draw protesters. This is Enbridge Energy's Clearbrook Terminal, and guards are posted there to protect the facility from demonstrators and other security risks. This is one of the locations where Enbridge's mostly buried system of crude oil pipelines run above ground in Minnesota. One of the pipelines Canada-based Enbridge is on the cusp of building or expanding, the much-touted and much-maligned Line 67, runs through here.
BEMIDJI -- Business executive and GOP candidate for U.S. Congress Stewart Mills' campaign trail took him through Bemidji on Thursday. Mills is challenging Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, for control of the Eighth Congressional district.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man running for the state House of Representatives in District 5A is disputing his listing as a Democratic-Farmer-Labor party candidate and plans to appeal to the state. Lavern "Pedie" Pederson is listed on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website as running for the seat as a DFL candidate. However, he said Wednesday he didn't intend for it to be that way. The filing for candidates closed Tuesday at 5 p.m. Pederson has cerebral palsy and experiences difficulty speaking.
BEMIDJI -- Several interesting local political races took shape Tuesday as the 2014 candidate filing period closed -- chief among them the contest between incumbent Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht and...