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'Warehoused' film tells Minnesota family's story of separation, struggle
First-generation college-bound student wins Philando Castile scholarship
Warrant mix-up may yield settlement
Twin Cities Pride: Unmarked squad will still lead Pride parade, but officers can march
Dayton agrees to fund Legislature until October, as court case continues
ATV groups seek more in Beltrami forest plan
Polanco homers, Twins blank Indians
Lynx bounce back from 1st loss, drub Mystics
Taylor thinks Butler can get Timberwolves to the checkered flag
Butler acquisition send Wolves' ticket sales soaring
Mabel B. Dahl
Sharon Roberta Villier
Miles W. "Pete" Peterson
Priscilla Jane Miller
Roberta Jean Wind
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: A legacy of Native American boxing
PATT RALL COLUMN: Life in the fast lane in Bemidji
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Staying cool in the good ol' days
PRIME TIME: Summer is hopping in and around the SAC
PRIME TIME: Blessed by a power outage
'Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery' opens Wednesday
Church Musicians recital by Beth Hendricks, Philip Hermann
Great American Story contest deadline approaches
A busy summer ahead for the BHS marching band
Robert "One-Man" Johnson to perform at Farm by the Lake
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Water temperatures stall in the area
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: 'Gully'-gee, there's a lot of gulls out there
MASTER GARDENER COLUMN: Try prevention instead of treatment
FISH TALES: Jim Fleck on Upper Red Lake
Woods in the works: Newest state forest undergoing development in Cass County
Janice and Edward Beil
Ron and Carol Carpenter celebrate 50 years!
PRIME TIME: The lure of loud mufflers
Why do squirrels strip tree bark?
What's causing all the tree troubles?
Bursack: Nursing home staff may not always foresee an approaching death
Are rhubarb and tomatoes fruits or vegetables?
Kindness is Contagious: Little black dresses bring joy during trials
January 2, 2016
Kelly Brevig column: You will always keep moving
About 18 years ago I ran into one of my most favorite teachers. I exploded with updates of my life, how I had gotten married and graduated college and had a baby. I was bursting with pride and wanted to be acknowledged for being "all grown up". Her response took me by surprise and...
January 2, 2016 - 11:33pm
October 31, 2015
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: A dedication to protect and serve
When my alarm went off this morning, my body did the same knee jerk reaction it always does at 5:36 a.m., I blindly searched for my phone with one panicking arm and tried to disable the horrible noise as quickly as possible. By the time "snooze" and I were acquainted a few times,...
October 31, 2015 - 11:37pm
October 17, 2015
Willmar man pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man accused of sexually abusing at least five boys in the 1980s and 1990s has pleaded guilty to eight felony criminal sexual conduct charges. Peter Clare Hoagland, 68, has pleaded guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court to all of the charges against...
October 17, 2015 - 5:34pm
October 4, 2015
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: Like geese, we all need a lift from time to time
On my way to work the other day, I noticed one of the telltale signs of fall, geese flying in the sky. I wondered where they were going. It seems as though they use Bemidji as a gathering place before the big fly south. The animated side of my brain pictured a huge union meeting,...
October 4, 2015 - 1:00am
September 13, 2015
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: Step up and 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'
A few weeks ago I went for a very long walk. I had in earbuds and was listening to a book on my iPhone (free audio downloads courtesy of the Bemidji Public Library). Because I was so engaged in the story, I didn't turn where I normally turn and my walk became much longer than normal....
September 13, 2015 - 1:01am
July 5, 2015
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: You are never done parenting
Change is hard. Looking at the face of an 18-year-old and remembering the toddler that needed protection at all times is difficult. When a child is born to us, we are tasked with the job of raising them to the best of our ability and see them to adulthood with the least amount of...
July 5, 2015 - 12:56am
June 7, 2015
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: Finding a 'Safe Harbor' in Minnesota
If I were to tell you a story about a child being beaten and tortured, raped and sold as product to the highest bidder, it might spark outrage and anger. It might even make readers uncomfortable, perhaps even sick to their stomachs. It is hard to think of a child enduring any form...
June 7, 2015 - 12:33am
February 28, 2015
Don't let negativity sink your boat
It has been said that "an entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can't put you down unless you allow it to get inside you." I have to admit that in the past few weeks, my boat has sprung a leak. When calls...
February 28, 2015 - 11:35pm
January 30, 2015
Park Rapids man receives 20 years for molesting 10-year-old
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Park Rapids man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a young girl. Samuel Charles Baxa, 28, was convicted of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Detroit Lakes Police officers received a report of a possible sexual...
January 30, 2015 - 8:40pm
January 3, 2015
Shine a light for those who need it most
A beautiful girl enters the salon. From underneath the dryer hood I watch as she gets her nails manicured. They are long and beautiful. She gets her hair highlighted and carefully snipped. Although she is receiving some wonderful services, she sits with a sad, distant look on her...
January 3, 2015 - 11:08pm
December 6, 2014
Holidays can be a time to heal
Images of a red-nosed Santa with jolly cheeks and kind eyes, reindeer flying through the crisp night sky, sleigh bells ringing in the distance and twinkling lights all are bombarding our senses this season. Smells of fresh baked cookies, pine and balsam mingle in our noses and everywhere...
December 6, 2014 - 11:28pm
July 5, 2014
A message to college freshmen
The first taste of freedom is so sweet. Mine came on high school graduation day more than 20 years ago, but I can still remember how it felt. A whole new world was opening up to me. I was 18, an adult, and old enough to make my own decisions. I made some good moves, some questionable...
July 5, 2014 - 11:05pm
May 31, 2014
Are you a bystander or 'upstander?'
BEMIDJI -- A bystander is someone who witnesses an event, but does not take part. An "upstander" is someone who recognizes when something is wrong and takes actions to make it right. Most of us have been in situations that feel wrong, but despite the nudging inside, we say nothing....
May 31, 2014 - 11:40pm
March 20, 2014
Man sentenced to 9 years in sex abuse case
REMER -- A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 110 months in prison for sexually touching a young boy in Remer. Melvin Eugene Smith III plead guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Cass County, according to a release issued by the Cass County Attorney’s Office. The...
March 20, 2014 - 5:45pm
March 14, 2014
Trial set for Cloquet man who stabbed himself while warrant was served in Bemidji
By Jana Peterson Forum News Service CARLTON, Minn. -- A Cloquet man who stabbed himself in the chest three times when law enforcement tried to serve him with a warrant in the Bemidji area has been charged with criminal sexual conduct. Wendell Lee Olson, 44,...
March 14, 2014 - 3:01pm