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 -- The city's Public Affairs Committee met with the Beltrami Humane Society on Monday to improve relations in the wake of friction between the two groups. Humane Society Executive Director Brandon Mustful was concerned about the treatment of animals within the city pound, which is run by the Bemidji Police Department.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Center staff anticipate the Bemidji regional event center's annual operating deficit will decrease to about $325,600 in 2015, according to a business and marketing plan released Monday. Final accounting numbers for 2014 won't be released until early next year, but it was estimated that this year's deficit would be about $350,000. A year-end report from put the 2013 deficit at about $367,500.
In this photo, Megan Treuer and her children, Xavier Shipley 7, and Matilda Shipley, 6, take part in a protest late Tuesday afternoon on Bemidji Avenue following a grand jury's...
BEMIDJI -- CVS Health is planning a pharmacy store in Bemidji to supplant what is now a strip mall at the intersection of Paul Bunyan Drive and Bemidji Avenue North as well as several private homes nearby. The developer, Velmeir Companies of West Bloomfield, Mich., has a purchase agreement with Thomas Reise, the owner of the strip mall and three other parcels, according to the agenda packet for the Nov.
BEMIDJI -- Supporters of the planned shooting sports park northwest of Bemidji are on the home stretch of fundraising needed to build the facility. The $1.75 million Northland Regional Shooting Sports Park is planned to take up about 200 acres of the 360-acre Northland Regional Sports Park. Bob Naylor, a member of the Northland Regional Shooting Sports Fund Advisory Committee, on Monday said the project has raised about $1.1 million, leaving about $650,000 to go. "Our immediate goal is to raise about $300,000 or $400,000, so we can get the project going," Naylor said.
BEMIDJI -- Opportunity Africa has no fixed address, but it aims to carve a niche in the world for understanding across continents. Although its mailing address is in Bemidji, the true location of the nonprofit is wherever its co-founder, Heather Buesseler, and other volunteers happen to be at any given moment. Opportunity Africa works for two main goals: provide tuition funding for economically disadvantaged students in the French-speaking Central African country of Cameroon, and connect those students with Minnesotan students of French, so that both cultures learn about each other. Buessel
BEMIDJI -- The Watermark Art Center has received a big helping hand from the George A.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Regional Airport Authority has a problem: it can't find anybody to lead it. As of Wednesday, there were no applicants to replace retiring Board Chair Marshall Froyd, with the Dec.
BEMIDJI -- The "Stopgap Committee" of the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless received a conditional $5,000 grant Tuesday from the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners at a county board meeting. The board unanimously voted to grant the money to the Stopgap Committee, which tasks itself with finding emergency shelter this winter for chronic inebriates in the homeless population. Jorge Prince, one of the newest members of the Nameless Coalition, pitched the county for funding at a work session before the regular board meeting.
BEMIDJI -- Local DFL legislators got an earful from the Bemidji City Council and city staff Monday on the issue of how to fund local transportation projects. Rep. John Persell of Bemidji and Sen.Tom Saxhaug of Grand Rapids met with the council to talk about the upcoming session of the Minnesota Legislature, which begins Jan. 6. City officials encouraged the lawmakers to consider legislation allowing "street improvement districts," which change how cities raise money from landowners for infrastructure improvements.