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Kurt Cease, left, receives the prestigious Helen Keller vision service award at the Blackduck Lions dinner Tuesday. Making the presentation is Jim Gorman, Lions Club president and one of two former recipients of the award.

A look back at 2011

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A look back at 2011
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Jan. 2

Pat Hill and Mary Lou Waldo retire from the Good Samaritan Center in Blackduck with a combined 52 years of service; Blackduck Ambulance Service receives new equipment.


Jan. 9

Maryann Hanson retires from Good Samaritan as administrator --Angel Normandin named new administrator; Blackduck Chamber of Commerce welcomes new business owners.

Jan. 16

Blackduck City Council gets to new member and mayor; Blackduck Development Corp. works to bring new business to Blackduck; Blackduck School Board is asked to make students feel safe in the elementary by fixing the roof.

Jan. 23

Mushers converge for White Oak Classic Dog Sled races; City of Northome begins the new year without a mayor.

Jan. 30

Betsy Hanks is found guilty of first-degree and second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole; Northome City Council holds public hearing on its infrastructure.

Feb. 6

Blackduck City Council approves Wayside Rest playground equipment; snow just keeps coming and city is running out of room to put it all; Aaron Nissen wins Patriotism contest.

Feb. 13

Kelliher City Council approves fire dept. officers and master fee schedules; Northome City Council holds special meeting on the city's proposed water/sewer project.

Feb. 20

New water meters are installed in Blackduck; Northome School District faces difficult decisions; Kelliher School Board holds reorganizational meeting; Blackduck School Board hears of new money troubles.

Feb. 27

Area veterans are honored at dinner at American Legion; Kelliher School Board holds meeting; Blackduck City Council hears information on new Lady Slipper Celebration.

March 6

Northome School Board approves various trips; Blackduck Development Corp. discusses marketing and loan funds; Blackduck Chamber of Commerce meets to discuss various projects in the works.

March 13

Marijuana plants confiscated in rural Blackduck; Blackduck City Council addresses Industrial Lane assessment concerns; area school students hear from one time volleyball star who lost arm in drunk driving accident.

March 20

Northome city clerk resigns; Northome Fire Dept. receives FEMA?grant for new truck; Blackduck School Board hears that lights and gas have wiped out the and savings the school had; Blackduck "lunch ladies" acknowledged.

March 27

Resource Center offers help to those in need in the Blackduck area; Northome School Board gives nod to council trips; Blackduck School Board told not to make cuts but to market the school.

April 3

Project Shop Local is new venture for Blackduck Chamber of Commerce; new signs go up at Blackduck Clinic; Chamber to utilize Internet technology.

April 10

Blackduck Council hears concerns on blighted property and Industrial Lane assessment; Blackduck businesses encouraged to host artist during Lady Slipper Celebration.

April 17

Spring flooding beats up county roads -- everything is underwater; Uncle Phil's Diner is back in Kelliher; marketing Blackduck School is team effort.

April 24

Speech students perform "outstanding" in state competition; Northome City Council receives update on water and sewer project and awards bid on patio project; City of Northome hires new city clerk.

May 1

Blackduck Lake is open for business; Mark Sparby resigns from Blackduck School Board; Northome School Board accepts principal's resignation; Blackduck Chamber discusses upcoming events.

May 8

Local resident Mindy Kleeb is subject of Lakeland Public Television story; update given on water service line coverage and Internet scams.

May 15

Student placement still an issue at Blackduck School; Industrial Lane project meeting draws crowd; the new outdoor room at The Pond is now open; Blackduck's Crazy Days and City-Wide Garage Sale is set for May 21.

May 22

Advisory Team Member Avonel Kjellberg is thanked for her service at the Blackduck Resource Center; Lady Slipper Celebration art winners announced; Hines Post Office to be changed.

May 29

New volunteer firefighter welcomed to Blackduck Fire Dept.; ara artist Don Houseman lands endorsement for art; Northome City Council approves library roof repairs.

June 5

Chamber After Hours get together is deemed great success; Northome School Board hires new principal; Memorial Day celebrated; area students graduate.

June 12

New playground equipment installed at Wayside Rest; Industrial Lane project tops Blackduck City Council meeting; Lady Slipper Celebration kicks off June 24.

June 19

Blackduck School Supt. Bob Doetsch to retire at end of school year; airport review heard by Northome City Council; Northome School Board approves agreements.

June 26

Kurt Cease honored by Lions Club with Helen Keller award; Blackduck City Council approves fire truck; Kelliher-Waskish Big Bog Festival set for July.

July 3

New fire suppression system to be used by Blackduck Fire Dept. made possible by generous donation; Tenstrike Post Office to be reviewed; first Lady Slipper Celebration deemed big hit.

July 10

Blackduck Chamber of Commerce hold monthly meeting; Kelliher School Board meets for regular meeting; Blackduck Ambulance gets new flowerbeds.

July 17

Minnesota government shut down won't affect area schools year; Big Bog Festival does well in spite of rain; bikers ride for fallen veterans.

July 24

Area school superintendents confused at the state's legislative impasse but relieved it's over; Blackduck Lions donate money to city for playground equipment; City of Blackduck receives good audit and accepts resignation of one of its members; Jim Schram Sr. to be honored at annual Woodcarver's Festival.

July 31

Mickey Guderian named as new Northome City Council member; Blackduck Summer Baseball celebrates 30 years; blood drive set for Aug. 3.

Aug. 7

Blackduck child care crisis brought to light as Bi-CAP closes day care center; Barbwire Clothing opens doors in old Nendick Hardware building; Koochiching County Fair set to begin; Schram dedication tops Woodcarver's Festival.

Aug. 14

Local EMS participate in disaster drill; Northome School Board sets school prices; Blackduck's Backwoods Bash is slated for Aug. 20; Tri-Sigma blood drive collects 72 units.

Aug. 21

Industrial Lane street project bids opened by Blackduck City Council; special meeting held by Blackduck Council; Koochiching County Fair draws large crowds with colorful exhibits and parade.

Aug. 28

Blackduck school policy review suggested; Kelliher City Council approves grant requests; big crowds enjoy a nice day at the Backwoods Bash; Kristie Slindee participates in Miss Teen Minnesota pageant.

Sept. 4

New sport hits the north country as Ranch Sorting catches on; Northome School Board holds meeting; Blackduck School business manager resigns.

Sept. 11

School is back in session; work begins on Industrial Lane street project; Kelliher Schools bids and is denied the ADSIS grant; Krabbenhofts purchase first wall brick at Blackduck School.

Sept. 18

Hines Post Office faces closure; Airport issues top Northome City Council meeting; Blackduck Chamber holds monthly meeting; Blackduck couple's garden makes new Minnesota Extension gardening calendar.

Sept. 25

Law enforcement issues top Blackduck City Council meeting; Blackduck School Board is divided on policy changes; Blackduck Evangelical Free Church marks growth with expansion project.

Oct. 2

Prizes being offered for great photos for area residents; Kelliher City Council members address alleged ordinance violations; Chiropractic Sport and Spinal Rehab of Bemidji opens clinic in Kelliher.

Oct. 9

Local band is headed for Nashville following fundraiser; preliminary engineering report reviewed by Kelliher City Council; incident reported at Blackduck School involving a threat made by a juvenile student.

Oct. 16

Local child gets his Make-A-Wish granted; Josh Ziegler named as new Blackduck School business manager; Kelliher School Board approves new bus route; bear seen at residence on Blackduck Lake Road.

Oct. 23

Northome City Council receives update on water project; Jim Gorman named as honorary captain during Lion Club Vision Awareness Week; Kelliher School Board adopts building bond.

Nov. 6

Promoting Blackduck is multi-faceted task taken on by Blackduck Development Corp.; area schools see positive results as new programs start; Blackduck photo contest gets underway.

Nov. 13

New auto body shop opens in Blackduck; 11 year old bags first buck on opening day; Blackduck Chamber of Commerce holds meeting; Blackduck Drama Dept. puts on Little Shop of Horrors.

Nov. 20

Blackduck Dental changes hands as Dr. Bengtson retires; new thrift store opens in hardware store building; Blackduck School Board Chairman Dale Compton injured in ATV-deer collision.

Nov. 27

Blackduck School Board receives an "F" from residents, staff; Northome City Council makes policy change; special meeting called for Blackduck City Council.

Dec. 4

Christmas decorations put up in time for the holiday season; locals donate to Blackduck Toys for Kids; donations accepted by Northome School Board; Blackduck City Council holds special meeting on Industrial Lane.

Dec. 11

Property tax changes top regular Blackduck City Council meeting; Kelliher City Council discusses blighted property issue; more donations received for Blackduck Toys for Kids.

Dec. 18

Blackduck King Koin Launderette has new owners once again; Kelliher Resource Center receives Touchstone Energy award; Kelliher School Board holds Truth in Taxation meeting.

Dec. 25

White Knights limo sells out to Five Star Limousine; Blackduck History Center plays host to Santa and Mrs. Clause while selling cookies by the pound.

Pioneer staff reports