Mentally Ill Inmate Bill Makes It To The Big Time

The Minnesota House of Representatives released its omnibus health and human services budget today– and while a lot of the attention focused on the bill’s cuts to MinnesotaCare, there was some news in there for Bemidji, too. Tucked inside the 354-page bill was a provision by Rep. Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji to put $1.5 million in state money toward the…
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The “bull Hockey” Tournament

Earlier today the valiant Bemidji High School Lumberjacks hockey squad had a hard-fought loss against the aristocratic cake-eaters over at Edina in the state tournament. I was the only one in the newsroom for a time, as my coworkers all huddled around some pizza in the breakroom, watching the game on TV. I had fun…
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A-Bakk-alypse Now

So the big Capitol news this week is obviously the fracas between Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Thursday over Dayton’s pay increases for his cabinet. Before Dayton said Bakk “connives behind my back” and Bakk obliquely told Dayton through a reporter, “this is not a kids’ sandbox”, I got to…
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Never On Sunday? Bemidji And The Liquor Sales Ban

I read an interesting article from MPR’s Tim Pugmire today, about the chances for the Sunday sales debate rearing its head again during the 205-2016 session. Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, said he voted against lifting the ban on Sunday sales in the past and will do it again this session when and if it comes…
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On Police Reform, Look For Common Ground

As a politics/government reporter, it’s distressing to me to see just how polarized and politicized the attitudes toward the Black Lives Matter movement have become in recent weeks. It seems like commentators on the outside looking in are all hell-bent on portraying this as protesters and their liberal allies vs. police and their conservative allies.…
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