Beltrami Commissioners hear voices on all sides of refugee topic


January 22, 2020

Ernest Oppegaard-Peltier III, chair of Our Revolution Bemidji, holds a sign at the Beltrami County Board meeting on Tuesday. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Board meeting room was calmer and more organized Tuesday than it was two weeks ago when the subject of refugees came up, but it was no less passionate.

On Jan. 7, the Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to opt out of the United States Refugee Resettlement Program. Commissioners Craig Gaasvig, Richard Anderson and Jim Lucachick voted in favor of the motion to do so, while Tim Sumner and Reed Olson were against.


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