Jourdain and Larson vie to fill at-large Bemidji City Council seat

After swearing-in next council meeting, all citizens of Bemidji will be represented by an at-large council member.

The special election is to fill the seat left vacant by Jim “Doc” Thompson last summer, and former at-large council member Dave Larson and political newcomer Dan Jourdain are vying to fill the seat that represents all five wards of the city.

Early voting is underway at Bemidji City Hall during business hours, with extra hours this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and city hall will also be open until 5 p.m. this Monday.

In-person voting on Tuesday will be in each ward’s respective polling site from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and City Hall will also accept absentee ballots until 3 p.m..

Ward 1 – American Indian Resource Center – 1630 Birchmont Drive NE

Ward 2 – Bemidji National Guard Armory, 1430 23rd Street NW

Ward 3 (both precincts) – Boys & Girls Club (East Entrance) – 1600 Minnesota Avenue NW

Ward 4 – City Hall – 317 4th Street NW

Ward 5 – Northwest Technical College – 905 Grant Avenue SE

Below are interviews on some city issues held with the candidates before the primary in August. The first one is Jourdain’s and the second is Larson’s.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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