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A short look back over the past year

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.1 / 3
Members of the Blackduck Fire Department accepting awards from Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp for their quick response to the boating accident on Blackduck Lake are, from left to right: Blackduck Fire Chief Rick Bogart, Brian Larsen, Jon Ross, Daryl Lundberg, Joby Looker, Andy Thienes, Don Jones, Festus Rockensock, Joe Cheney, Terry Frenzel and Sheriff Hodapp.2 / 3
On June 6, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home was held in Blackduck. The home, located at 143 Brandl Ave. NW, will be owned by Pat Wiede. Construction work for volunteers began June 25. Breaking ground for the new home are, from left to right: Lee Coe, Wayne Tieman, Judy Reese,Stan Franek, Bonnie Jevning, Pat Wiedel, Jonette Anderson Allen Zutz, Geri Hickerson.3 / 3

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.