The final DFL corn feed at the Ted Suss and Janet Marti farm drew more than 200 people, including key Minnesota Democrats..Some DFL candidates were already asking for voters’ support at Wednesday’s event. Speakers included three different candidates — Beltrami County Commissioner Reed Olson, Mark J. Lindquist and Ernest “Joey” Oppegaard-Peltier — who all seek to challenge Michelle Fischbach in Congressional District 7.Continue reading »
Beltrami County Commissioner Reed Olson has announced his bid for the DFL endorsement for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. He declared his candidacy for the 2022 election on Wednesday in front of Paul and Babe.Continue reading »
Inspired to tackle a number of issues, Beltrami County Commissioner Reed Olson announced Wednesday, July 28 that he would run for the United States House of Representatives.Continue reading »
"I always look to the remodel or rebuild of the jail as a silver bullet, but I know that's going to be a multi-year process and I don't think that's the solution right now. We can't wait that long." Commissioner Reed Olson said.Continue reading »
Respect Minnesota, an initiative with support from several unions, companies and government units, was an agenda item for the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. During the discussion, background about the initiative itself and its relation to Line 3 were brought up.Continue reading »
Beltrami County Commissioner, Reed Olson blasted a speaker during a Tuesday meeting in Bemidji.Continue reading »
Reed Olson, who is a Beltrami County Commissioner, also spoke to Omar about the issues the county has been facing due to pipeline construction, including housing shortages and safety concerns. “A community of this size can’t absorb 5,200 workers,” Olson said. “What do we do when we don’t have the capacity in the community?”Continue reading »
Just one Beltrami County commissioner wore a face mask at Tuesday’s board meeting, a day after the city of Bemidji passed an ordinance requiring masks in all places of public accommodation.
The ordinance excludes county, state and federal buildings, but the lack of masks on elected officials illustrates how fraught mask requirements are, even as Gov. Tim Walz plans to announced a statewide mandate on Wednesday, according to a senior member of Walz’s administration.
Commissioner Reed Olson said he wore a mask to protect his colleagues and show support for the city ordinance.Continue reading »
Reed Olson, who currently serves as a District 2 Commissioner for Beltrami County, has announced plans for reelection.Continue reading »
When Covid-19 changed everything in March, the Nameless Coalition For The Homeless had a problem. The Wolfe Center was designed to house homeless citizens, but it was not designed for social distancing. Using a grant from the United Way of Bemidji Area’s Emergency Fund, and working with local hotelier Kevin Williamson, they were able to find a temporary home at the Super 8 Motel. On the latest Living United Podcast, Reed Olson joins Denae and Kev.Continue reading »
"There's this false premise that refugee equals unskilled and non-working. That they're going to crush our social services programs," Olson said. "All of the money related to refugees are federal dollars, so they're not on programs through the state. These are also people who come here wanting stability. So we have to counter that narrative."Continue reading »
Reed Olson knew some members of his community would actively oppose his attempt as a Beltrami County commissioner to tell the world the county is a welcoming place for refugees.
But he didn’t anticipate the level of misinformation that would spread ahead of the vote last week rejecting refugee resettlement — an action that has led some to associate Bemidji and the rest of the county with racism and intolerance.Continue reading »
"I think it doesn’t make us look great. It makes us look closed-minded and small," said Beltrami County Commissioner, Reed Olson, who was one of two commissioners to vote 'yes.'
Olson put the issue on the board's agenda. Because the order requires counties to "opt-in" if they approve refugees relocating there, choosing not to vote has the same effect as voting 'no.' Although not voting at all would have garnered far less attention, Olson said it was important to put the county board on the record.Continue reading »
Last week Beltrami and St. Louis County discussed at their meetings the executive order by President Trump Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement. Heidi Holtan interviews Beltrami County Commissioner Reed Olson to discuss the disinformation surrounding the issue.Continue reading »
“I think we will be making history today,” said Beltrami County Commissioner Reed Olson, who voted in favor of refugee resettlement.Continue reading »
Beltrami County Commissioner Reed Olson diverted from the subject of deadly force encounters and spoke about issues with the criminal justice system more broadly. One of the issues he brought forward was the “school to prison pipeline” and how placing children in foster care can lead to their incarceration later in life.Continue reading »
This week on Lakeland Currents, we’re returning to the issue of housing and homelessness.
Since 2014, multiple projects have gotten up and running in Bemidji to alleviate the crisis of
rising homelessness that was identified at that time, including the Park Place apartments and
the Wolfe Center in downtown Bemidji. What effect have these new facilities had? And what
continuing needs exist in the region? Joining us to discuss these issues are Rick Klun, Executive
Director of the Center City Housing Corporation, and Reed Olson, Executive Director of the
Nameless Coalition for the Homeless in Bemidji and Beltrami County Commissioner.Continue reading »
Increased funding empowers Nameless Coalition: Group to add shelter hours, create more direct leadership
Thanks to a recent boost in funding, the organization now has a formal executive director, too.
Reed Olson, who long served as the nonprofit's chair, was hired into a more formal half-time role. The new position isn't the only change thanks to the increase in dollars, though, as the organization will now be able to keep its overnight shelter, The Wolfe Center, open for more weeks than before.Continue reading »
When the homeless die, they are often mentioned as faceless statistics instead of people. In Bemidji, Minnesota, that changed with a series of profound newspaper articles that told the stories of some of those lost lives. The Nameless Coalition for the Homeless was formed with the idea that everyone deserves dignity, and even individuals with big problems must have their basic needs met. Reed Olson shares his experience of striving to include everyone in the things that make Bemidji a great city.Continue reading »
Wolfe Center Board Chairman Reed Olson, who is also a Beltrami County Commissioner, gave a report on the functions and services provided by the shelter, to the Red Lake Tribal Council in his capacity as Chairman of the Wolfe Center, a shelter for inebriates, at the Council's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.Continue reading »
“My concern is when we’re looking at the potential for determining peaceful protests as a state of unrest,” Olson said. “If there are going to be protests in Beltrami County over pipelines, what we really need is for people to understand on all sides is that law enforcement is there to protect the rights of individuals to peacefully protest and demonstrate as well as to protect the rights of property owners. That they’re a neutral party there to keep people safe and not there to act as the security service for multinational corporations.”Continue reading »
This morning, we welcomed back Reed Olson and Kristi Miller, two board members of the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless. The group has been working since 2013 to provide overnight shelter for homeless community members with chronic chemical dependencies. This week, The Nameless Coalition reached an exciting landmark and opened the doors of The Wolfe Center for the first time.Continue reading »
The Greater Bemidji Joint Planning Board voted Wednesday to award a permit to the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless to start a 16-bed downtown shelter.
The new facility, known as a "wet" shelter, is designed to care for people who have chronic substance abuse problems, said Nameless Coalition Chairman Reed Olson.Continue reading »
The first clean-water plant on the Mississippi’s course south gets a colorful mural conveying honor and respect for water resources.Continue reading »
And at the July 15 City Council meeting, councilor Reed Olson, whose fourth ward covers much of the downtown area where the homeless are most often seen, addressed the death of Butch.
“I hope that we can do something in the future as a community to provide aid and assistance to this most vulnerable portion of our society,” he told the council. “Right now, (the statues of) Paul and Babe is their shelter. The bridge between Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving is their shelter. They tend to be forgotten.”Continue reading »