The Bemidji Pioneer is a daily newspaper serving the Bemidji area since 1896, including the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Cass in north-central Minnesota. The Bemidji Pioneer reaches 7,000 homes Tuesday through Saturday and 8,200 homes on Sunday. The Advertiser, a weekly shopper, reaches another 11,000 homes on Sunday. The Bemidji Pioneer prides itself on local news coverage and stunning photography. It has won many awards for writing, opinions and design from the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The Bemidji Pioneer employs about 35 people. The Bemidji area is widely known as a tourist destination because of its natural beauty and recreational facilities. It is a regional hub for shopping and medical facilities. Bemidji also boasts strong public and private school systems and is home to Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College and Oak Hills Christian College.