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Local sculptor has global connection

When Dewy Goodwin sets up May 22 at Saint Paul College, at the corner of Summit Avenue and Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, he will join sculptors from all around the world committed to friendship and art transcending cultural and national boundaries. That he has chosen grandmother and grandchildren for his theme speaks evocatively to the North Country and Godwin's White Earth roots, where, in all cases, extended family is an important dynamic in the culture.

Perfect strike

Nick Bahr, a Bemidji High School senior and bowler since the age of 8, entered the record books by bowling a 300 game. Such an achievement takes skill, concentration and a little good fortune. But Bahr had his fellow bowlers behind him, keeping silence and probably crossing their fingers as he came into the end game. The 300 is the first bowled by a Bemidji junior league bowler.

Lead jewelry

We haven't heard lately of children poisoned by lead they licked off painted walls and baseboards. Suddenly a new lead poisoning threat has emerged -- jewelry. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has announced that jewelry and other products that might contain high levels of lead should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste site. This MPCA announcement came after a 4-year-old Minneapolis boy died from lead poisoning Feb. 22 after swallowing a bracelet found to contain 90 percent lead. Along with lead shot and lead sinkers, which poison wildlife, lead jewelry is a major concern.

Bemidji's day

About 80 Bemidji residents woke up early last Tuesday to park in the lot by Paul and Babe and hop on buses headed for St. Paul and Bemidji Day at the Capitol. Clad in red-and-black-checked sweaters created by Bemidji Woolen Mills, the Bemidji delegation turned heads in their signature outfits and made clear the funding priorities the area needs for the 2006 session. By all accounts it was an outstanding first-time effort.