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Marie Juelson, top photo, is shown with part of her collection of hens and roosters.

Pathways Through Our Past

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Bemidji Pioneer
Pathways Through Our Past
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

I got so wrapped up in the Olympics last night, I forgot to write an article for this week's American. Those athletes are something else! Too bad they all can't win. They sacrifice so much of their youth just training and practicing.


Our Valentine sweetheart special went over well again this year thanks to the participating businesses and volunteers who sold tickets for the drawings.

Winners were: Lois Jenkins, water color picture painted and donated by Jeff Asfoor; Michele Fisher, $50 gift certificate donated by Hillcrest Supper Club; Milinda Hall, $25 gift certificate donated by Timberline; Norma Moon, a fruit, wine and chocolates basket donated by Blackduck Family Foods; Eva Fisher, bracelet donated by Northlander Gift Shop; Sally Johnson, cap and candle donated by Saddle Up Shop; Jim Wolden, candlesticks donated by Blackduck Floral; Carlyn Kimbro, candle, dish and doily donated by Moon's Variety Store; Ted Carter, squirrel feeder and food donated by Blackduck Hardware Hank; Alice Wahnschaffe, candles donated by The Duck and Wendy Eisenrich, mystery gift donated by Believe in Miracles Gifts.

Informing winners is always fun. Not only do you get to see big smiles -- you sometimes get a big hug! Stop in and see the collection of vintage Valentines displayed in our picture library.

Before I forget, I must tell you that my article last week was not written by Diana Collison Jones. Diana called me to say that Jack Swenson was the author. Jack assured me I wouldn't go to jail for plagiarizing!

Marie Juelson's hens and roosters display was admired by visitors during our "re-opening" celebration last weekend. The colorful chickens can be viewed for a couple more weeks. It was quite gratifying to talk and listen to out-of-towners, who have a place on the lake, say, "this place is another reason for us to move here permanently!"

Mary Joy, along with LaVonne Peterson, is working on the History and Art Center's next show which has to do with the pictures from Nevada that were discovered in an abandoned travel trailer in Ely, NV. You'll want to get involved in this one.

A few more family pictures and albums have been added to the center's library School annuals, too. Committees working on the Summit and Hines Township history books are still looking to you former and current residents, for stories, pictures and any artifacts that could be displayed at the History Center. Hope to hear from all you others out there, too!

Next time -- a little history.

Pioneer staff reports