Election 2020


Meet the Candidates: Five candidates for Bemidji’s Ward 1

Featured photo: Candidates’ photos from left, clockwise, Laura Fairbanks, Audrey Thayer, Ryan Enger, Adam Hellquist and Joe Gould. Graphic courtesy of Eric Callagan. Bemidji Now Author and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting’s News Director Larissa Donovan penned a series of questions, some general and some related to specific city issues, to ask all candidates for the city…


At-large council member Thompson resigns

Bemidji’s at-large council member Jim “Doc” Thompson submitted his resignation earlier this month, effective immediately. In his letter, Thompson extended his sincere appreciation for the opportunity to serve Bemidji. Thompson cited medical reasons and pandemic restrictions that made it difficult for him to perform his duties as a council member. The council is expected to…


City Council to consider declaring another vacancy

The Bemidji City Council, in addition to their special meeting this afternoon, will meet for a regular meeting Monday. According to the agenda, council will discuss the Bemidji Downtown Alliance’s parking rates proposal, consider crosswalk artwork at two intersections of downtown Beltrami Avenue, and discuss a reopening plan of the city’s playgrounds, beaches and the…


Prince announces bid for Bemidji Mayor

Jorge Prince announced his candidacy after filing for Bemidji Mayor Monday. According to a release, Prince is the current CFO for LaValley Industries, and this is his second political campaign after unsuccessfully running for mayor in 2014. “I believe our city works best when its citizens are at their best,” Prince said. “Our city leaders…


Meehlhause plans to run for Mayor of Bemidji

Ward 1 representative Michael Meehlhause announced his intention to run for mayor this year. According to a release, Meehlhause won his first Bemidji Council election in 2012, the same year he graduated from Bemidji State University, making him the youngest council member in Bemidji’s history. Meehlhause said that as mayor, he will “bring his experience…

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