Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer
BEMIDJI — Following a private conference with local forestry officials and timber industry representatives Friday morning at the Sanford Center, Gov. Mark Dayton visited the Pioneer offices to discuss a range of issues facing Minnesota. Dayton’s opponent, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, said Thursday that Dayton’s support for allowing child care workers to unionize in the state was “political payback” for union support of Dayton during the 2010 election. Johnson made the remarks during a press conference in front of Dayton’s offices in St.
ST. PAUL — Representatives of Bemidji sent Wednesday to St.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council gave the OK to apply for state money to build a future South Shore city park, but stopped short of providing city funds in order to make Bemidji’s application more attractive. The council approved a resolution “in support and commitment” for plans to build a new city park on the south shore of Lake Bemidji immediately northwest of the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI — Maura Johnson is a teacher, not an electrician — but she loves empowering her students. Johnson said the most rewarding aspect of her job is when “the light comes on” for her students. “When they’re in school, and school’s been troubling, and… they get the first A or the first B, and they’re going ‘I can do this’” she said. “That’s what’s fun.” Johnson, a special education teacher at Bemidji Middle School, was named as Teacher of the Year on Wednesday by the Bemidji Education Association.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji may soon join several other Minnesota cities in replacing Columbus Day with a day recognizing American Indians. The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to use Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day on all city communications, although it will continue to recognize Columbus Day for legal purposes. On Monday, the city of Red Wing decided to rename Columbus Day as “Chief Red Wing Day.” Minneapolis’ switch has sparked interest in a similar move for Bemidji.
Zach Kayser firstname.lastname@example.org BEMIDJI — For Lacey Tverstol, low-income housing resident and current nursing student, it was “miracle” when the former homeless, single mother was able to find a spot at Conifer Estates in Bemidji right away. “It’s a good feeling, having a home,” she said Thursday. “Having this place... it’s such a relief that I can still go to school and raise (my daughter) and still be able to afford a place like this.” The odds are stacked against Tverstol and those like her to the point of her story almost being a literal miracle.
BEMIDJI — Local inventors and innovators were featured at the sixth annual IDEA Competition Awards Banquet Thursday at the Sanford Center. Winners who will receive $10,000 to further develop their idea were: Coreen and Brian Berdahl of Red Lake Falls for the Reel Deal, a device that transfers fishing line from spools to reels; Cynthia Krankkala of Thief River Falls for Addy Olly, an infant playpen mattress lining; and Robert Cloose, David Edevold and Phillip Creighton of CR Data Solutions of Bagley for fiber optic cable testing software Runners up who will each receive $1,000 were: John Szur
BEMIDJI — The city’s buildings are about to get greener. Starting last year, the city has been working with Energy Services Group — a division of Honeywell — to find the best ways to boost energy efficiency at its public buildings though an “energy audit.” If the city decides to go forward with the recommended multi-million dollar fixes, Honeywell, the city and the state of Minnesota will all monitor how much money is saved on the city’s utility bill for 15 years. If, when added together, the improvements don’t save the amount promised, Honeywell is required to make up the difference.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to decide whether to sign off on a Toasty Beavers-sponsored kickboxing event and street dance during Monday’s council meeting. The council may or may not grant the downtown sports bar a temporary off-premises liquor permit for the event, which is scheduled for May 17, according to a letter sent to the city from the bar. “No more than half” of downtown Third Street will be blocked off, from the intersection with Beltrami Avenue to the end of Toasty Beavers’ property line, the letter said.
Zach Kayser email@example.com BEMIDJI — Minnesota Speaker of the House Paul Thissen highlighted BSU’s $13.79 million request for state bonding money at a town hall meeting Wednesday inside the college’s Memorial Hall lobby. Thissen, accompanied by local leaders and state legislators, said the renovations to public buildings like Memorial Hall would be an “important part” of the state bonding bill. Memorial Hall is one of several buildings to be renovated or rebuilt as part of BSU’s plan. Rep.