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.—A group of statewide organizations have joined forces for a project they hope will increase the quality of life for rural Minnesotans. Growth and Justice, in a combined effort with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, the Greater Minnesota Partnership and the Minnesota Asset Building Coalition, are pushing the Minnesota Rural Equity Project. The work identifies legislative priorities for revitalizing local economies and reducing disparities in Greater Minnesota.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is boosting the amount of timber harvestable annually from state lands, according to a news release. Officials said Thursday, March 1, that, based on new data, a harvest of 870,000 cords can be offered for sale annually from DNR-managed forest lands in the next 10 years. The amount represents an 8.75 percent increase in the harvest target from the 800,000 cord sales target for the past 15 years.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A World War II-era aircraft restored to its original condition in Bemidji, Minn., will have the eyes of the world on it this Sunday, Feb. 4, when it soars over U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII. The airplane, a P-51 Mustang, is named Sierra Sue II and will lead the U.S. Air Force Heritage flyover of the Super Bowl on Sunday evening. The aircraft was restored in 2014 by AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji and now resides at the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minn.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Adding promotional items for the Paul Bunyan statue in downtown Bemidji to wear came up during a City Council work session Monday, Jan. 29.
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.