Special election for Bemidji today

The special election to fill the vacant at-large Bemidji City Council seat is today.

Each ward’s residents can vote in their respective polling sites, and the two vying for the seat are former at-large council member Dave Larson and political newcomer Dan Jourdain.

In-person voting on Tuesday will be in each ward’s respective polling site from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The victor of this race will be sworn into office on Tuesday, Feb. 16, the next Bemidji City Council meeting.

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

Listen to interviews with the candidates here.

Find out your polling place with this tool by the Secretary of State.


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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