Persell: PFAs work underway in the state legislature

Representative John Persell (DFL-Bemidji) said in an interview today that he is working on bills that would address PFAs here and elsewhere across the state.

Persell is also carrying a bill, authorizing the city of Bemidji to raise the local sales tax a quarter percent, to cover capital costs at the Sanford Center, as well as costs related to the upcoming water treatment plant to treat PFAs, and an expansion at the wastewater treatment facility.

John Persell, DFL-Bemidji

Persell says that bill moved through last night’s committee, and has a couple committee stops on the way before it will be voted on in the legislature.

With legislative approval, the city could then place the three-part sales tax increase question on the ballots this November.


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 family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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