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From The Editor: Our first Fourth on the lake

“When are they starting?” was a familiar refrain heard Thursday night.

After spending part of the day at Gull Lake with their cousins, and then enjoying various rides at the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival downtown, our teenage girls were a bit cranky and wanted the fireworks to start sooner rather than later.

I think maybe they were just a bit tuckered out, like their mom and dad.

It was the first Fourth of July in Bemidji for Betsy and me and our two girls still in the house (the oldest now lives in Nebraska).

And while we didn’t overdo it, we still wanted to take in the sights and sounds of our new environs on the Fourth.

To Bemidji, we say job well done.

I’ve remarked to others back in our former community (that being Grand Forks-East Grand Forks), how amazed I am at the plethora of activities available to our residents, whether they be centered on arts and entertainment, or education or physical fitness.

And I haven’t even mentioned the umpteen-hundreds of lakes/rivers within a short drive. Talk about the outdoors! You’ve got outdoors fun down to a science here, I must say.

Betsy and I already are running out of calendar space for all the weekend activities. It seems as if every Friday-Sunday, there’s a festival here or a cool event there. We’re going to try to take the girls over to the Kelliher-Waskish Big Bog Festival this weekend. Or we may stick around and see some of the cowboy mounted shooting events over at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. Or, who knows, maybe will rent a canoe over at Diamond Point Park through the Outdoor Program Center at Bemidji State University.

Or maybe we’ll sit around the campfire at Lake Bemidji State Park, roasting s’mores and hopefully listening to a Twins win on the radio.

Truly, the options are endless in and around Bemidji. So, to my daughters Haddie Maee and Megan, I say here and now, I don’t want to hear “there’s nothing to do.”

Back to Thursday. After the aforementioned carnival rides, we spread our blankets on the grass incline behind the Carneigie Library. Dusk was upon us, and the fireworks over Lake Bemidji were coming.

“When are they starting?” we heard again from the tired teenagers. “Soon,” we answered. “But I’m beat,” was the response from one daughter. “Me, too,” said the other.

So, hey, maybe next year can you start the fireworks a little earlier.

The Corys are tuckered out.

P.S.: Solid fireworks show. First time I’ve ever seen boats line up to watch fireworks. That’ll take some getting used to.

— MATT CORY is editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He may be reached at

Matt Cory

Matt Cory is the Editor of the Pioneer. Cory grew up in East Grand Forks and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. He worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor at the Grand Forks Herald from 1993 to 2013, when he joined the Pioneer as Editor.

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