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.—After 38 years in Walker, Minn., the International Eelpout Festival may be moving to Lake Bemidji in 2018. According to the agenda for the Beltrami County Commission meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 17, an application has been made to the county requesting approval of a permit to hold the 2018 Eelpout Festival in Bemidji. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp and county Environmental Services Director Brent Rud are expected to address the board about the application and applicable ordinances.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Personnel from Enbridge Energy were joined Wednesday in Bemidji by agency officials at the local, state and federal level for a practice exercise in the event of an oil spill. The training, labeled a command post response exercise, included personnel from various backgrounds working together on creating an incident action plan that would be used by crews in the field in a hypothetical scenario. In Wednesday's exercise, the hypothetical scenario was a release from one of Enbridge's pipelines into Cass Lake.
State Senate leadership met Wednesday with members of the Northwest Minnesota Veterans Home Task Force in Bemidji to discuss the project's status and what to expect in the next legislative session. The roundtable event was the latest in a nearly decade-long effort by local officials to secure funding from state and federal levels for a veterans home that would serve the northwest Minnesota region. The push is based on the need to serve a veteran population that was estimated to be close to 30,000 in 2015.