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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The Masons Building: Let It Go, Let It Go

I was floored this morning when I fired up the Pioneer’s Facebook page and saw some 40 comments on my story about plans for the Masons building to be torn down, just since the story was posted last night. By comparison, most of the stories I do will get maybe three or four comments in…
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Open Country, Open Meetings

I’m a bit late to this, but I wanted to put in my two cents to a post from Sally Jo Sorensen’s blog post from last week about the Minnesota Senate’s Rural Task Force. On her Bluestem Prairie blog, Sorensen took the Task Force to task for not recording its meetings via sound files or…
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Bemidji’s Socially Tinged Ripple In The 2014 Red Wave

Now that the dust has settled on 2014, it’s time to try and understand why Dave Hancock retook his House 2A seat from DFL Rep. Roger Erickson. I read an excellent analysis piece by MinnPost’s Briana Bierschbach the other day on how the Republicans took control of the Minnesota House of Representatives by unseating DFLers…
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