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Matthew J. Liedke

Matthew Liedke is a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is originally from International Falls and now resides in Bemidji. He's a 2009 graduate of Rainy River Community College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. At the Pioneer, he covers government, politics, health and economic development. He can be reached at (218) 333-9791 or by email at

Over the course of the opioid epidemic, social service agencies had to respond to a growing number of children put in out-of-home placement as their parents had substance use disorder. Law enforcement agencies were also impacted, having to more regularly respond to overdose calls.
The North Central Minnesota Republican Women are hosting a candidate forum for two races Sunday. Candidates for governor and attorney general will be in attendance to discuss their platforms.
Since 2000, 50 Beltrami County residents have died as a result of opioids, and many more have experienced nonfatal overdoses. With addiction and overdoses becoming more prevalent, health agencies and providers have had to respond with treatment strategies and programs.
At its meeting Tuesday, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved a set of standards recommended by staff to be in compliance with OSHA. The standards will require a system where unvaccinated county employees will need to take a weekly coronavirus test and wear a mask at their workplace.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday approved a revised memorandum of understanding with Visit Bemidji to jointly operate the Tourist Information Center in 2022.
At a joint government meeting Tuesday evening, the Bemidji City Council and Northern Township Board will discuss how water and sewer services may be extended north from the city to certain properties in the township.
At its meeting Monday, the Bemidji City Council will review a memorandum of understanding with Visit Bemidji to operate the Tourist Information Center.
In their final meetings of 2021, the Bemidji City Council and Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved resolutions to join the state in finalizing a settlement against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The action comes after a decade of local communities having to adjust as the opioid crisis hit the area.
During a meeting on Dec. 14, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved its legislative agenda for the 2022 session. Under the health section, the county is backing efforts to expand mental health services and allowing those in the criminal justice system to access Medicaid.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, held a virtual roundtable with northwest Minnesota caregivers who assist those living with Alzheimer's disease.