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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In case you missed it, Houseman's Cow and Elvis left the History and Art Center this past week. Both programs were successful and brought lots of visitors to town. We hope you enjoyed Elvis's singing while you traveled down memory lane. Many thanks to the residents who shared their collectibles with us. Elvis died and we cried Aug. 16, 1977.

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This month the Art Gallery will be showing basket art created by Katie Haws and Eve Sumsky. The artists will be here Sept. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon to demonstrate and talk about their craft. In addition, coffee and donuts will be available while you mosey through our annual plant and produce sale. Remember aprons? The center is now displaying vintage aprons.

Found this article dating back to 1905 or there about and thought it might interest our Blackduck firemen. The headline read: "Firemen Come Home... With prizes aggregating $160 in cash and a $25 nozzle!

"The Blackduck running team at Warren last week, earned the title of being one of the swiftest in the association and the boys, accompanied by other Blackduckites who took in the tournament, returned home last Saturday night well please with the achievements of the week.

"The boys took first prize in the wet test, (wet test?) $60 and a $25 nozzle, with a time of 27 seconds. They won second prize of $45 in the combination hook and ladder contest with time of 25 seconds. They also won second prize of $40 in the association hook and ladder race -- time 26.2. L.F. Parker won the ladder-climbing contest in 8 seconds!

"While Red Lake Falls won the largest amount of money, Blackduck came in second. In several races, the local boys lost only by a hair's breadth. About the only thing won by Bemidji were the banner and a small amount of cash."

We often find articles about the traveling firemen tournaments held in northern Minnesota towns and Blackduck is usually ranking at the top of the contests. Did you happen to watch our local firemen as they competed against other cities during the Backwoods Bash a few days ago? Maybe next year?

Labor Day -- Labor Day is a national legal holiday that is over 100 years old. Over the years, it has evolved from a purely labor union celebration into a general last fling of summer festival. It grew out of a celebration and parade in honor of the working class by the Knights of Labor in 1882 in New York. The parade was held on the first Monday in September.

In the late 1880s, labor organizations began to lobby various state legislatures for recognition of Labor Day, then in 1894, Congress passed a law recognizing Labor Day as an official national holiday.

It has come to be recognized not only as a celebration of the working class, but even more so as the unofficial end of the summer season. In the northern half of the U.S. at least, the summer vacation season begins with Memorial Day and ends with Labor Day. State parks, swimming pools and campgrounds are all quite busy on Labor Day, as vacationers take one last advantage of the waning hot season.

Have a happy, safe Labor Day holiday.

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