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News Briefs - Friday - Aug. 2

Book discussion set

BEMIDJI-- The next sessions for the Bemidji Public Library's monthly book discussion will be noon Aug. 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the library, 509 America Ave. NW.

The discussion will be on the New York Times bestselling "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg.

Extra copies of the book are available at the library or at local bookstores.

Depot Day at the history center

BEMIDJI-- Depot Day, a day dedicated to all things trains, will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Activities will include wagon rides to Bemidji's other depots, guided tours of the Great Northern Depot, telegraphy demonstrations, as well as access to their current "Trails Through Time" exhibit.

The Northern Ironhorse Railroad Society will also be showing their extensive collection.

Admission is free.

Reading program ends

BEMIDJI-- The Bemidji Public Library's "Dig Into Reading" program ends Saturday Aug. 3 and children and teens who are registered must have their minutes reported by then.

Readers can report their minutes online by following the links on the Bemidji Public Library's website at or by going to the library, 509 America Ave. NW.

Incentive prizes can be picked up through Aug. 17.

Defensive driving courses offered

BEMIDJI-- Two defensive driving courses will be offered to those age 55 and older 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 at Bemidji High School for $25.

A refresher course will also be held 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the same location for $20.

Pre-registration is required. To register call 333-3284 ext. 1 or visit

Those who complete a state approved defensive driving course are eligible to receive a 10 percent, three-year discount on auto insurance.

Update on are AIS prevention

BEMIDJI-- Hubbard County has been conducting AIS inspections on 21 lakes throughout the county. So far they have found that upon arrival at boat landings 95 boats had water in them and 169 boats came with their drain plug still in, which are both illegal in Minn.

They have found that 68 boats have come with vegetation and six had mud, seed hulls, clamshells and/or snails on them.

Hubbard County has done two decontaminations that were boats of area residents that had been in infested waters and didn't want to spread AIS.