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 -- Local nonprofit public access television station Upstream TV went off the air last week amid staff departures and financial difficulty. A post on Upstream's Facebook account Jan.
BEMIDJI -- Newly inaugurated Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has changes in mind for Minnesota's voting laws -- changes he says will have a particular effect on convenience of voting and turnout in Bemidji. "If you look at the turnout in Bemidji and countywide over the last few elections, which I have, it tends to fluctuate," he said. Simon said there's been a gradual dip in Beltrami County turnout during midterm elections over time.
BEMIDJI -- Grimes Realty is buying fellow Bemidji realtor ERA Pederson & Associates Realty, Grimes co-owner Jimmy Schoonover said this week. Grimes will add ERA employees to its staff and move offices from Paul Bunyan Drive South into the ERA Pederson building at 2815 Bemidji Ave. N., Schoonover said. The deal is expected to be closed by Feb. 20. "We want to expand, we want to grow," Schoonover said.
BEMIDJI -- For a few moments Thursday, Mike Beard’s closet became the epicenter of a local technological revolution. Beard’s townhome near Anne Street was the first to receive a connection...
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Regional Airport Authority Board is slowly but surely making progress toward getting a new chairperson to replace retiring chairman Marshall Froyd. A application process that originally began in October was extended to Dec. 1 due to an initial lack of applicants, but airport director Karen Weller said Wednesday the board received four eligible applications by the new deadline. At its meeting Wednesday, the board formed a selection subcommittee to help plan its next move.
BEMIDJI -- Roughly an hour before President Barack Obama delivered his 2015 State of Union Address on Tuesday, Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht delivered a somewhat smaller-scale State of the City Address inside Bemidji City Hall. "You can be assured that the state of Bemidji is strong," Albrecht said. "Our community has grown from a sleepy little college town to a vibrant, flourishing regional center." In her speech, Albrecht covered several initiatives at the Minnesota Legislature that may directly impact Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- The Sanford Center has a new website design to go with a new year. Director Curtis Webb said Monday the new site, at www.thesanfordcenter.net , which went live at the end of December, gives the center and its clients more autonomy since it's run by Sanford Center staff rather than a third party. "We needed to handle a lot more of the traffic we do in-house," he said.
BEMIDJI -- By more than one measure, Beltrami County has recovered from the late 2000s recession. A study by the National Association of Counties found Beltrami County to have recovered from the recession in two of four categories as of 2014: jobs recovered, and GDP (Gross Domestic Product) recovered.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht will deliver the 2015 State of The City Address at the Bemidji City Council meeting Tuesday. Albrecht was elected to her second term as mayor in November. In addition to the State of the City Address, the City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, moved because of the Monday federal Martin Luther King holiday. At the meeting, the City Council is expected to vote on a resolution to support a $3.5 million state funding aid request from the Northern Access Dental Center to build a new clinic to treat low-income patients.
BEMIDJI -- More than 50 people turned out Thursday to a standing-room only meeting at City Hall to weigh in on how the Bemidji area should grow. Local government officials, nonprofit workers and other community activists gathered at a Comprehensive Plan meeting organized by the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, which is composed of the city of Bemidji, Bemidji Township and Northern Township. JPB Planning Administrator Mayana Rice used a metaphor of the community as a moving car to describe the necessity of having a comprehensive plan. "When people can't see where they're going, the