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. — The Minnesota Nurses Association held an information picket attended by Sanford Health care providers and other concerned participants Tuesday asking for satisfactory protection during the coronavirus pandemic. During the evening event, demonstrators lined the sidewalk in front of Bemidji's Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues, holding signs and waving for passersby to support nurses. The picket was organized as a way to support Tonya Moss, a registered nurse at Sanford Health and member of MNA.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Three planned veterans homes in Minnesota will have to wait another year to break ground as the projects received no funding from the federal government this year. According to a press release, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs was notified this week that none of the state's proposed projects in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston will receive federal funding. The notification came after the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released its state home construction grants for the 2020 fiscal year.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The past several months have been busy for Susan Jarvis, who took over as president of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota in Bemidji in October. Since taking the helm, the health care provider has announced a new heart treatment facility and is preparing for potential impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. However, Jarvis is no stranger to emergencies or opening new facilities.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Sanford Health in Bemidji announced Wednesday, Feb. 12, that it plans to build a $25 million Heart and Vascular Center in Bemidji that will open in 2021. Since adding cardiology services to the Bemidji medical campus nearly a decade ago, Sanford has treated more and more patients in the region, officials said.
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.