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.—Proponents of a veterans home in Bemidji met with state officials in St. Cloud, Minn., last week to facilitate the application process for federal dollars. Beltrami County representatives were joined by officials from Montevideo and Preston, Minn., the other two communities looking to build veterans homes. Last month, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bonding bill that included $32 million for the construction of three new veterans homes in the communities.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Area counties are concerned a recent decision by a Minnesota Tax Court regarding Enbridge Energy's oil pipeline system could leave them paying out potentially large refunds to the company. On Tuesday, May 15, tax court Judge Joanne Turner ruled the Minnesota Department of Revenue had overvalued Enbridge's pipeline system that runs through 13 Minnesota counties by $3.2 billion from 2012-2014.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The Cass Lake Superfund site, once home to a wood treatment plant, is on the radar of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a recent press release from the EPA, the agency stated that it had developed a list of Superfund sites targeted for immediate, intense action, including the one in Cass Lake east of Bemidji. Superfund sites are those containing hazardous substances and pollutants that could harm local ecosystems.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A proposed $27 million wellness center and sports complex for Bemidji has been put on hold indefinitely. Bryan Nermoe, Sanford Bemidji executive vice president, said the plan to construct the facility on Sanford’s campus on the north side of the city has been “shelved.” The plan was to construct the Sanford Sports and Wellness Complex with three sections, including a wellness center with aquatic space, a multi-use sports facility with a bubble roof and a two-sheet ice arena.
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.