Bemidji’s Pizza Ranch opens Jan. 16, new Native-owned business

Bemidji’s Pizza Ranch will open a week from yesterday.

According to an article in the Franchise Times, written by former Bemidji Pioneer reporter Matthew Liedke, Dennis Johnson is the owner of this Pizza Ranch and another in Nebraska.

Johnson is a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and is the chief investment officer for Ho-Chuck, Inc., an economic development firm created by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Johnson currently lives in Iowa City.

Bemidji’s Pizza Ranch will open on Jan. 16 and will also include the FunZone arcade element of the franchise that operates largely in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

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