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Matthew J. Liedke

Matthew Liedke is a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is originally from International Falls and now resides in Bemidji. He's a 2009 graduate of Rainy River Community College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. At the Pioneer, he covers government, politics, health and economic development. He can be reached at (218) 333-9791 or by email at

In mid-October, ground was broken on Sanford's new $6.2 million Behavioral Health Crisis Center. Once completed, the 12,000 square-foot facility will be the first center to offer adult inpatient hospital psychiatric beds within 90 miles of Bemidji.
In the years since the age for buying tobacco was raised at the local, state and federal level, research has shown its been effective in decreasing youth smoking. While the issue persists, proponents see the laws as progress.
On Saturday, members of the progressive Congressional "Squad," including Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar, MN-5, Cori Bush, MO-1, Ayanna Pressley, MA-7 and Rashida Tlaib, MI-13, visited Bemidji to stand in unity with opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project.
Less STD cases were reported across the state of Minnesota in 2020 than years past, likely because of less testing during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the number of STD and HIV cases remain high enough to be a concern for health officials at the local and state levels.
Two Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota workers recently joined 18 others from across the provider's network for a special trip to Nashville. The experience was part of a new program rewarding its employees.
BEMIDJI, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is boosting the amount of timber harvestable annually from state lands, according to a news release.Officials said Thursday, March 1, that, based on new data, a harvest of 870,000 cords...
BAGLEY, Minn.-The first in a series of 20-plus public meetings on Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project was Tuesday, June 6, at the Rice Lake Community Center near Bagley.The Minnesota Department of Commerce is conduc...
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The average price of gas has been falling locally and nationally and experts say the trend is likely to continue -- at least for a couple more months.In Bemidji, the average price per gallon comes to $1.77, similar to other Minn...