Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.
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BEMIDJI, Minn.—The Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee held a meeting in Bemidji Wednesday before an audience of veterans to discuss a project on the minds of locals for more than a decade. During the meeting, legislators, including District 5 and District 2 Sens. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, were presented with reasons why Bemidji should be the location for a new veterans home in Minnesota.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee held a meeting in Bemidji Wednesday, Jan. 17, before an audience of veterans to discuss a project on the minds of locals for more than a decade. During the meeting, legislators, including District 5 and District 2 Sens. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, were presented with reasons why Bemidji should be the location for a new veterans home in Minnesota.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The experience of visiting resorts in Minnesota is often passed down from generation to generation. The same can be said for many of the families who operate the many getaways in the Bemidji area. And that's the case for two more area resorts this year, as both the Cass Lake Lodge and the Cedar Rapids Lodge have changed ownership, but have stayed in the hands of the family.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A new 2 percent hospitality tax idea that could bring in $1.25 million annually has received support from the Bemidji lodging/business community, but questions remain for city officials on how it would be used and what it's purpose would be.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The future expansion of a major northern Minnesota travel corridor was the focus of a Bemidji meeting on Tuesday. Personnel from communities along major travel corridors north and south of Bemidji met with District 5A Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, here to discuss the future of State Highway 371. The highway, specifically between Little Falls and Bemidji, has been a point of discussion at the local and state levels for more than two decades. The matter revolves around the idea of expanding the highway from two-lanes to four.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Just days before the Bemidji City Council was slated to vote on formally opposing the International Eelpout Festival possible move to Lake Bemidji, organizers said Friday the event will stay on Leech Lake in Walker. The announcement, made Friday via press release, comes about a month after organizers submitted a permit application to Beltrami County to hold the festival on the southern area of Lake Bemidji.
BEMIDJI, Minn.-- Only five cities out of 30 remain in Minnesota Monthly magazine's "Best MN Town" contest. The contest, which started over the summer, is seeking to find the town that best "embodies the spirit of Minnesota," according to the magazine's website. The winner of the contest will be showcased in a multi-page editorial feature and receive a media campaigned valued at more than $50,000.
BLACKDUCK, Minn. — U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., walked through the workroom of Anderson Fabrics in Blackduck on Thursday, Oct. 20, and came away impressed. "It was so inspirational," Nolan said at the tour's conclusion. "The employees took over ownership in the company and now there's 300 people and they have all the business they can handle. It's a testimonial to the value of employee ownership."
BEMIDJI, Minn.—After 38 years in Walker, Minn., the International Eelpout Festival may be moving to Lake Bemidji in 2018. According to the agenda for the Beltrami County Commission meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, an application has been made to the county requesting approval of a permit to hold the 2018 Eelpout Festival in Bemidji. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp and county Environmental Services Director Brent Rud are expected to address the board about the application and applicable ordinances.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Personnel from Enbridge Energy were joined Wednesday in Bemidji by agency officials at the local, state and federal level for a practice exercise in the event of an oil spill. The training, labeled a command post response exercise, included personnel from various backgrounds working together on creating an incident action plan that would be used by crews in the field in a hypothetical scenario. In Wednesday's exercise, the hypothetical scenario was a release from one of Enbridge's pipelines into Cass Lake.