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Rescuers prepared to head out into Blackduck Lake to look for two men that had been missing from a boating accident July 15. The bodies of the victims were found later that afternoon.

A short look back over the past year


Another year has come and gone. As we move into 2010, we look back on what has happened in the past year.

Jan. 4 - The liquor store insurance issue tops the Blackduck City Council agenda; the Kelliher City Council hears concerns on its clerk hiring process and Blackduck School Board member Dean Baggenstoss retires.


Jan. 11 - Waskish faces hurdles for multi-use trail; Blackduck Council swears in new member Ted Falk; Kelliher City Council swears in new members Laura Nelson and Vicki Rabe.

Jan. 18 - Waskish residents up in arms over ATV trail; White Oak Classic begins with accident; new alliance formed for offering help to area citizens.

Jan. 25 - Local mushers recognized; electric outage due to cable fault; Northome City Council appoints Brandon Hartman as new council member.

Feb. 1 - Zion Lutheran Church has new pastor; Peacemaker Resources, NICE add dimension to Empowering Northwoods Life alliance; Kelliher City Council hires Dianna Thurlow as new city clerk.

Feb. 8 - Four day school week information put before parents and teachers, Blackduck 20/20 group seeks workable goals for future, insurance coverage tops Kelliher City Council meeting.

Feb. 15 - Icy roads cause busses to go into the ditch, Blackduck loses ex-mayor Milton Beck, four day school week remains under study in Blackduck.

Feb. 22 - Northome's new municipal building springs a leak; Northome City Council holds its regular meeting; Blackduck School Board takes a wait and see approach on schools.

March 1 - Fee scheduled discussed by Blackduck City Council; Mistic brothers both stationed on same base together; Blackduck School library receives donation from former substitute teacher.

March 8 - Legislators cautious in stimulus details while at Blackduck School; Kelliher City Council discusses First Responders workers compensation; fourth annual Blackduck Chamber of Commerce Trade Show does well.

March 15 - Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp stresses cooperation and communication with everyone; Northome City Council meets with full agenda; general surgeon Benjamin Roy to serve Blackduck at clinic; Blackduck man charged with felony and drug crimes.

March 22 - Police protection often goes unnoticed; Alicia Warden makes bug achievement; Blackduck Chamber recruits Dragon Boaters for racers Blackduck City Council appoints library board members.

March 29 - Blackduck Community Library celebrates 100 years of service; Local artist Don Houseman publishes children's book; Blackduck Chamber discusses upcoming projects.

April 5 - National American Legion commander stops in Blackduck to speak; Emily Halla hired as new reporter at The American; Kelliher City Council holds special meeting.

April 12 - Blackduck School Board gives the go ahead for the four day school week; wetlands issue, library JPA discussed by Blackduck City Council; Blackduck Police Dept. seeks information on abduction attempt.

April 19 - Maple syrup makers out in full force for spring collection; Blackduck National Guardsman faces problems after coming home from Iraq.

April 26 - Blackduck City Council approves SWAT training for one of its officers; Blackduck School contracts up for negotiation; Blackduck Chamber receives donation for new welcome sign.

May 3 - Blackduck Floral and Gift moves into new location in town; Northome City Council holds special meeting on municipal building; Kelliher holds special meeting on rural community getting help.

May 10 - Area students hear from Holocaust survivor; Kelliher Liquor Store tops council meeting; Blackduck to host city-wide clean up, crazy days.

May 17 - Blackduck City Council accepts School Resource Officer's resignation; Blackduck School Board prepares for wage talks; city of Northome approves use of skating rink for horse riding.

May 24 - Veterans from all wars remembered; Relay for Life chair gives back to the community; man dies from injuries sustained in accident in Waskish.

May 31 - Crowds joins in honoring war dead; Kelliher Liquor Store manager terminated; state oks Blackduck's four day week.

June 7 - New Northome municipal building now open; Blackduck man takes on role of ice road trucker; Blackduck High School graduates 50.

June 14 - County Road 41 reopens to traffic; Blackduck holds timber auction; Thrivent-Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on Blackduck home; Kelliher City Council holds uneventful meeting.

June 21 - Blackduck boy's disappearance and recover brings community together; Blackduck School Board keeps mum on new school contracts; State Rep. Anzelc speaks at Northome municipal building open house.

June 28 - Former CCC boy attends program on Camp Rabideau; service to veterans is American Legion's top priority; circus comes to Blackduck.

July 5 - Big Bog Festival adds new events; Blackduck City Council receives liquor store renovation; Good Samaritan assisted living facility welcomes first tenants; Kelliher City Council discusses liquor store issues.

July 12 - Local caterer has no problem with large crowd for dinner; Blackduck City Council discusses Preserve America issue; school test scores show Blackduck with highest ones.

July 19 - Two men drown in Blackduck Lake accident; Kelliher-Waskish Big Bog Festival draws huge crowd; Blackduck School Board cuts pay for meetings and mileage.

July 26 - Local author Andrea Skyberg comes home for visit; Stoner Memorial Road changed back to Blackduck Lake Road; Koochiching County Fair comes to Northome.

Aug. 2 - Weather holds for annual Blackduck Woodcarver's Festival; Lawmakers sit down with Blackduck City Council members; Cornerstone Residents fills need in Kelliher; Blackduck k Council gets updated on SCDP grant.

Aug. 9 - Heritage House gets new facelift; Beltrami Electric to close Blackduck outpost building; Backwoods Bash is set to begin it's fifth year.

Aug. 16 - Quilt hoppers stop at Anderson Fabrics Outlet in Blackduck; lake rescue volunteers honored by Sheriff Hodapp; bond issue probably for Blackduck School; Kelliher City Council hears about utility rate study.

Aug. 23 - Rain pours down on Backwoods Bash-goers but doesn't dampen spirits; Blackduck City Council gets good report on annual audit and hears from Beltrami Electric.

Aug. 30 - Ways to access stimulus funds explained at meeting with State Rep. Brita Sailer; Walmart helps Thrive Initiative purchase books for children in Blackduck, Kelliher and Bemidji.

Sept. 6 - Kelliher First Responders and Kelliher Fire and Rescue honor kids with bravery award; Catch-A-Dream playground still in use in Blackduck k 18 years later; four day school week ready to debut in Blackduck; two injured in crash near Blackduck.

Sept. 13 - Blackduck City Council discusses CCC Camp and Widseth Smith Nolting Engineering services; new First Presbyterian Church in Blackduck gets old bell.

Sept. 20 - Kelliher City Council hears complaints regarding law enforcement issues; Black duck School Board see small tax boost; new Good Samaritan assisted living facility holds op;en house; burglary suspects caught.

Sept. 27 - CCC camp gets old papers; Blackduck City Council hears department reports and opens bids; Northome student Michael Chaffin wins gold at NazKidz World Quiz.

Oct. 4 - Former Blackduck School Board member Bob Stroeing comes back to board to fill vacancy; Kelliher School Board candidates Ed Gehlert, Robert Hoyum and Barb Woltjer gear up for election; Kelliher City Council discusses lift station proposal.

Oct. 11 - High tea taken at Blackduck's new assisted living facility; Blackduck resident injured in accident; Fire Prevention Week observed.

Oct. 18 - Blackduck Fire Dept. builds new water tender truck; parents surveyed on Blackduck's four day school week; Pastor Allan Wierschke is happy to be at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cass Lake.

Oct. 25 - Shooks man shot and killed by girlfriend; Blackduck Ambulance Service has mutual needs; concerned citizen comes before Blackduck City Council on blight matters; Northome City Council calls emergency meeting on lift station.

Nov. 1 - Blackduck History and Art Center seeks funding help; Kelliher City Council discusses utility rates; Northome City Council covers a lot of ground during it's meeting.

Nov. 8 - Saum native visits old Saum School; area school board election results given; Kelliher City Council discusses pull tabs and hears liquor store update.

Nov. 15 - World War II veteran honored quietly at Heritage House; flu shots and bond issues top Blackduck School Board agenda; Blackduck City Council receives audit proposal and awards construction bid; Minnesota Crime Wave hits Blackduck.

Nov. 22 - Big bucks registered during dismal deer season; Northome City Council meets with Koochiching County Sheriff Youso; city of Blackduck employees introduced.

Nov. 29 - Kelliher Community Theatre offers a must-see holiday performance; Waskish woman weaves words through column; Kelliher City Council holds public hearing.

Dec. 6 - Tough questions asked of Paul Bunyan Telephone reps concerning rates and service; city of Kelliher employees introduced; Blackduck gets decorated the Christmas holiday.

Dec. 13 - City of Black duck receives A+ on financial stability; Blackduck holds truth and taxation hearing; temperatures dip to -18°, Lorna Landvik comes to Blackduck.

Dec. 20 - Blackduck teachers agree to no new money; Tenstrike student wins Patriot's Pen contest; Kelliher City Council to go to once a month meetings starting in new year; Blackduck's railroad trestle subject of television program.

Dec. 27 - City of Blackduck maintenance department gets approval for snowplow truck; retired Blackduck teacher Betty Parker has scholarship awarded in her honor; Illinois student wonders helps preserve local wildlife.