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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...
BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemidji may become more bike friendly in 2015 - about 2,600 feet more friendly. On Monday, the Bemidji City Council unanimously approved a 10 foot-wide paved walking/biking trail along the north side of 30th Street, roughly half a mile from Irvine Avenue to Ridgeway Avenue.
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota Republicans vying for federal and statewide office flew into Bemidji on Monday as part of a "fly-around tour" stopping for public appearances at regional airports statewide. Recently endorsed at the state Republican convention last weekend, businessman Mike McFadden and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson headlined the event, which was put on in the Bemidji Regional Airport for local supporters and members of the press. McFadden, who hopes to become the GOP candidate against U.S. Sen.
BEMIDJI -- New state money may help the Bemidji area stem the tide of aquatic invasive species already infiltrating local lakes. Last August, an inspector found zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil on a boat trailer exiting Lake Bemidji, although the invasives appeared dead and didn't originate in the lake. Also in 2013, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced zebra mussel larvae were found in Lake Winnibigoshish. On Wednesday, they announced Crooked Lake was also infested with zebra mussels.
BEMIDJI -- It was another court win Friday for the city of Bemidji in its long fight over annexation with Bemidji Township as Ninth District Judge Paul T. Benshoof said he will order the township to stop taking care of its own zoning issues. Benshoof ruled in March that the township is still a member of the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, a group comprised of the township, the city of Bemidji and Northern Township to collectively vote on area planning and zoning issues. The township has been deciding its own zoning issues, which it cannot do as a member of the JPB.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce held its 10th annual Awards of Excellence Luncheon at the Hampton Inn and Suites Thursday, honoring the cream of its member businesses. Textile manufacturer Bemidji Woolen Mills received the Business of the Year award, and the Bemidji Axemen, the new professional Indoor Football League team, took home New Business of the Year. Bemidji Woolen Mills owner Bill Batchelder was "totally humbled" at winning the award, he said. Ross Ladehoff, co-owner of the Bemidji Axemen, credited the players, coaches, front office workers and the team's supporters