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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What We Can Do About Homelessness In Bemidji

The most important moment from the mayoral debate Tuesday came when incumbent mayor Rita Albrecht and challenger Jorge Prince finally got to bring their opinions on Bemidji homelessness into the same room, at the same time. As Albrecht alluded to during the debate, in Bemidji the mayor doesn’t really have all that much power to…
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Dessert From Two Political Dinners

The annual Beltrami County Republicans dinner was last week, and their Democrat counterparts held their fundraising banquet Monday. With both stories, I focused on the biggest names at the event– Collin Peterson, Rick Nolan, Torrey Westrom, Stewart Mills. However, the fascinating stuff going on with speakers further down the ballot didn’t make it into my…
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