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Klobuchar says troubled health care bill shows need for bipartisan work
Federal Reserve president answers economy questions in Grand Forks
Willmar man gets prison term for kidnapping estranged wife
Region's school districts, high school leagues have guidelines in place for playing of anthem
In newly surfaced Howard Stern interview, Trump joked about giving Princess Diana an HIV test
TIMBERWOLVES: Athletic Jefferson catches Thibodeau's eye
Bemidji bowlers compete at NY Mills
Bemidji Aerials begin gymnastics season
VOLLEYBALL: Jacks rally, overcome 2-1 deficit to beat Perham
SOCCER: Beavers win seventh straight
David W. O'Brien
Kathleen "Kitty" Filar Johnson
Clifton "Cliff" Bitker
McArdle: The NFL can't afford to become a battleground
PATT RALL COLUMN: Louie did not go gentle into that good night: Remembering Louis Marchand
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Schools need all of our help for 100 percent grad rate
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Oh, what a delight to teach history today!
VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: Traditional knowledge and science: A new form of justice
Social media star Kylie Jenner reported pregnant
Minnesota and North Dakota share the most popular wedding song, but can you guess what it is?
Jimmy Kimmel gets heated about health-care bill, says Sen. Bill Cassidy 'lied right to my face'
PATT RALL COLUMN: Timely notice can help with attendance
Around the Arts, September 17
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Making a correct call on the Becida Barred Owl
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Extended fall weather on the water
American Painted Lady butterflies migrate through area
MASTER GARDENERS: Fall in the perennial garden
Looking at levels: New management plan possibly to come to Rabideau Lake
BROST: Add bean dips to your football fare
PARENTING PERSPECTIVES: Our reporter is embedded deep in the War on Bedtime. Here's the latest from the front lines.
AstroBob: Wildfire smoke smudges our starry skies
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: When is a police shooting justified?
Flashy fall foliage: Spice up landscaping with brilliant colors
May 11, 2015
Art Lee: When just one (unexpected) non-signature would enrich Bemidji
It’s always a special day in May for Bemidji, a day when multiple lines of cars from both instate and faraway states come streaming into town;...
May 11, 2015 - 11:13pm
April 13, 2015
Art Lee: Absorbing (unknowingly) what you’re ‘sposed to know
One’s ethnic heritage is not appreciated, let alone understood, when one is a child. The life-style, the habits acquired, the opinions offered, all collectively seem so normal and correct at the time. (Doesn’t everyone have lutefisk for Christmas Eve supper?) Over the years you...
April 13, 2015 - 11:45pm
March 10, 2015
Art Lee: Absence makes one forget the resilience of the people of winter
My wife Judy and I spent 36 years/winters in Bemidji before retirement allowed Snowbird Season opportunity to spend winters in southern climes, i.e. Arizona. So the next 19 years found us staying home only ‘til Christmas, soon after which we’re-outa-here, and all that time away...
March 10, 2015 - 12:57am
February 9, 2015
Art Lee: Simple questions from a simple kid and still not answered 75 years later
At age 10, I had a question that likely seemed strange for any little kid to ask, but nevertheless even then I wanted the answer. I did not get it. The question was simple enough; the answer was not. Still isn’t. Now, almost 75 years later, there is still the same question while...
February 9, 2015 - 10:11pm
January 13, 2015
Art Lee: All downtowns have to start sometime, someplace
Here lies this small city of Bemidji in northern Minnesota. Today, there’s a layout of multiple businesses with those downtown buildings scattered all over. Yet when and where did they start? And who’s first? Of course there has to be a First Building somewhere, a kind of starting...
January 13, 2015 - 1:32pm
December 8, 2014
Art Lee: And now the lucky winner for the grand prize is...
When it comes to drawing that lucky winner for the top prize that’s to be given away, who doesn’t want to be that winner? Is it possible that there’s someone who actually does not want his or her name drawn as the big winner of the grand prize? Well, though it may seem somewhat...
December 8, 2014 - 9:41pm
October 14, 2014
Art Lee: Doing what’s needed: Change, be it in ’44 or ’14
Ahhh, October, the month when anything like __________________ (fill in the blank) can change almost overnight. There are lots of old saws that go along with the word Change: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” “The only thing for sure in this life is change.”...
October 14, 2014 - 12:10am
September 8, 2014
Art Lee: The demolition of ‘a fine old lady’ — a historical landmark gone (alas?)
The bold front page picture in the Aug. 8 Pioneer showing the destruction of Sanford Hall on the BSU campus immediately suggested a number of questions to curious readers, starting with a big why? Why Knock it Down? Who decided it should be demolished? And What’s Going In its...
September 8, 2014 - 10:22pm
August 12, 2014
Art Lee: Debs once a nationally known famous/infamous(?) politician
The tiny community of Debs remains unheralded for most of each year but that changes every 4th-of-July when it is no longer anonymous. Then Debs makes the newspapers and local TV all because of its special Parade. The little community gains notoriety and unknown folks ask the obvious...
August 12, 2014 - 12:06am
June 9, 2014
Art Lee: ‘Huh? Whajasay? Talk louder so we can understand you!’
Back in high school my older brother enjoyed telling this particular joke: “So there were these three elderly British gentleman riding together on a train heading for London. As the train slowed down while going through a small city, the first one looked out the window and said...
June 9, 2014 - 11:41pm
May 12, 2014
Art Lee: Takes a little getting used to. . .
We recently joined the Great Migration of southern Snowbirds returning to their northern homes. The change is part nostalgia (“Ah, Home Sweet Home”) and part economic (Yikes! These seasonal monthly rents are outrageous!”). So once the high monthly rental payments expire on...
May 12, 2014 - 11:25pm
April 8, 2014
Art Lee: Life’s ‘tee-jus’ (ain’t it?) — Anyway, prevent pain any way
There are lots of things you sort of know about but seldom think about until someone puts those topics to you in a different way and makes you think about them. The University has a program of classes just for seniors but the class leaders are not called teachers; they’re “presenters....
April 8, 2014 - 12:55am
March 10, 2014
Art Lee: Snowbirds talk snow to southern disbelievers
“Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it.” — Mark Twain The Tucson Chamber of Commerce calls us “Winter Residents” and welcomes us here — providing we spend a lot of money. The locals call us “Snowbirds” and regard us as temp-Northern-flat-landers...
March 10, 2014 - 10:38pm
January 13, 2014
Art Lee: A cautionary story out of the past?
Even now, many years later, there’s someone you remember, and with that person still comes a degree of wonder along with the hope of what-might-have-been. The topic reminds one of a “should-da—would-da-could-da” situation — at which time nothing would be done. It’s tale...
January 13, 2014 - 11:30pm
December 9, 2013
Art Lee: A tale in rhyme from a past Christmas time (with apologies to Edgar Allen Poe)
Once upon a midnight dreary While we pondered weak and weary Wrapping this year’s Christmas toys Suddenly there came a rapping As if someone were gently tapping Tapping on our bedroom door. “Twas the kids! and nothing more. Said two small voices (there are no more) “Whad-ja...
December 9, 2013 - 11:01pm