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Cass County 38, 12 road surfacing to begin Aug. 27

Additional paving on CSAHs 61 and 66, both north of Walker, will also be included in the project.

THE PILOT-INDEPENDENT - 2018-08-16 13:12:00

HUD charges Beltrami County property owners, real estate agent...

WASHINGTON – On Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it has charged the owners of a house in Beltrami County and their real-estate agent with discrimination for refusing to rent the house to a family because of race, national origin and their minor children.

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-08-17 20:18:52

Crime report for Aug. 16

Sheriff's ReportThe Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Thursday.Violation of court orders12:45 a.m. A 24-year-old man was arrested in the 1100 block of Paul Bunyan Drive South for probation violation.10:22 p.m. A 47-year-old man was arrested in the 1100 block of Paul B

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-08-17 20:35:36

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to Thrivent, Minnesota Power Foundation and Five Wings Arts Council for their investment in our organization. A special thank you to our area businesses, Trosen Electric, Due North Foam, Mike’s Greenhouse, Country Garden Center, Nei Bottling, The Hub, Charlie’s Up North Restaurant, Hackens

THE PILOT-INDEPENDENT - 2018-08-17 12:00:00

Letter to the editor: heartfelt thanks

In mid-July we made our family’s 23rd annual July vacation to the Leech Lake area, specifically Borde Du Lac Lodge on Lake Benedict. On our way through the Dakotas we started to experience trouble with our vehicle. We did make to Walker the night of Friday, July 13, and spent the night in a motel.

THE PILOT-INDEPENDENT - 2018-08-16 13:10:00

Two area men sentenced for sex crimes

Travis Lee Nicholson, 41, was found guilty by a jury June 29 of one count of soliciting a child or someone believed to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct and one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.


PIONEER EDITORIAL: This is not fake news

"Air quality alert extended through Saturday""Bringing community TOGETHER: National Night Out connects residents, resources""Two area men sentenced for sex crimes"This is not fake news. Listed above are some of the headlines plucked from the past 10 days of the Pioneer.This newspaper you are holding

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-08-17 12:03:00

FISHING: Bemidji pair wins Kenora Bass Invitational

KENORA, Man. -- Scott Andersen and Craig Peterson of Bemidji took first place at the Kenora Bass Invitational fishing tournament, which was held Aug. 9-11 on the north end of Lake of the Woods.

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-08-16 22:10:04

KLICK! Photo Gallery - Chokecherry festival

Photos also of back seat driver competition, ring toss, football toss - Klick the following link to view!

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-08-17 13:03:00

Comedian Ron White to perform at Sanford Center

The city-owned facility will host the comedian, known as Ron “Tater Salad” White on stage, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 1. Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Sanford Center box office, ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the performance are starting a

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-08-17 15:34:15

Crime report for Aug. 15

Sheriff's ReportThe Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Wednesday:Drugs3:09 p.m. A 19-year-old male was arrested for fifth-degree drug possession at the intersection of Division Street W and Adams Avenue NW.Fire2:32 p.m. Deputies assisted the Bemidji Fire Department wit

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-08-16 19:58:40

Pine River-Backus cancels varsity football season

"We are low on numbers," PRB activities director Randy Schwegel said. "We have 22 kids or so. We have only one senior and we have 11 ninth-graders. For the safety of those kids—you know, putting a ninth-grader out there against seniors—we didn't feel it was a wise decision."Though varsity games will


Northern Minnesota man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children...

DULUTH -- A Grand Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting his young nieces two decades ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 14, in State District Court in Itasca County.

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-08-16 20:07:12

Turtle Races jam Longville’s Main Street

With 331 racers, Longville’s Main Street was again jam packed with families from all over the state and the country. Last week we had folks from Germany!

THE PILOT-INDEPENDENT - 2018-08-17 12:00:00

Canadian wildfires prompt another air quality alert for regi...

The alert runs through noon Sunday, Aug.19 and also includes Brainerd, Duluth, Ely and Moorhead and the tribal nations of Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage.According to the MPCA, a large area of Canadian wildfire smoke is moving into far northwest Minnesota and will move south and east cover

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-08-16 21:31:09

City to take on some criminal prosecutions

During a work session Monday, the Bemidji City Council voted to not renew a prosecution services agreement with the Beltrami County Attorney’s office and instead handle the casework in-house. The agreement only was for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses; all felony level offenses in the city


Walker Council hires new Public Works director

Ridlon, one of eight people who applied and one of four who interviewed for the position, was unanimously approved at the Aug. 6 council meeting. His salary is for $59,000 per year with a 3 percent increase upon successful completion of a six-month probationary period.


Backus Cornfest parade rocks 'Under the Sea' theme

Neither heat nor haze from the Canada wildfires kept people home as games and vendors drew families to Main Street for festival foods, games, corn feed and a candy-laden parade.--- --- --- --- ---KLICK! Photo Gallery - Crow Wing County Outstanding Seniors250+ photos -Klick to view!--- ---


Hwy. 371 Hackensack to Backus to close intermittently beginning Aug. 20

Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the daily work zones. Motorists approaching the work zone must slow down and be prepared to stop, obey the flagger, and follow the pilot car through the work zone. Motorists entering a work zone from driveways or roads that int


Adventures at Girl Scout summer camp

Thanks to the Grand Rapids community and their love of cookies, three area Girl Scout troops were able to attend Troop Camp at Camp Shingobee Timbers, near Walker, Minn., earlier this summer. Scouts and their leaders spent three days and two nights at the camp, singing songs, canoeing, swimming, doi