Local senator criticized for comments comparing homeless encampment to recreational camping

District 5 Senator Justin Eichorn is being criticized for comments he made in a since-deleted video posted on Twitter.

In a statement from Eichorn, he said the video posted, which “may have missed the mark,” was an“attempt to convince the Governor to take heed of the dismal economic conditions” up north.

Eichorn, a Republican from Grand Rapids, represents District 5, which includes portions of Cass and Itasca Counties as well as a portion of Beltrami County, including Bemidji.

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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