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Bemidji Master Chef competition Oct. 11
A big 'Little' show: Little Big Town, one of the hottest country acts, to perform in Bemidji on Thursday
Bemidji Boo Dash set
Annual Bemidji Rotary Club spaghetti feed
Bemidji man pleads not guilty to burglary, drug charges
BACK IN THE LAKE: Bemidji State runs past U-Mary for sixth straight homecoming win (PHOTO GALLERY)
MEN'S COLLEGE HOCKEY: Experienced Beavers ready for next step; exhibition opener today
COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: No. 9 Northern State overpowers Beavers in sweep
PREP SOCCER: Bemidji boys settle for scoreless draw with top-rated Sartell
COLLEGE WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Bemidji State completes sweep of Vermont
Lela Blanche Conlon
Lorraine Ida Krob (nee Brady)
Edward Arthur Weiskopf
Darby Joseph Whalen
John Eggers: The best duck hunt ever
KELLY BREVIG COLUMN: Like geese, we all need a lift from time to time
MASTER GARDENERS COLUMN: Some successes, and failures, for the 2015 season
Cyndi L. Fenske: Library is fun way to get away in October
A fly on the wall: Behind-the-scenes at the Great Northern Radio Show's live performance (W/PHOTO GALLERY)
Ready to rhythm to ribbits: The Fattenin' Frogs to hold album release concert in Bemidji
Arts Briefs for 09/27/2015
OFF THE RECORD BLOG: Look at the desert planet Jakku with this ‘Star Wars: Force Awakens’ immersive 360 video
Tim McGraw joins Eric Church as WE Fest headliner
Bemidji to get a bit 'Reckless': Bryan Adams set to play Sanford Center on Thursday
Blane Klemek: The annual migration has arrived in the northwoods
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Walleye bite should be picking up
HUNTING: Managers optimistic about waterfowl prospects in area as opener approaches
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Fall migrations can be simple or complex
Blane Klemek: Humming along with the hummingbirds
Sutter - Hoyum engagement
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BHS volleyball teams to host ovarian cancer awareness night
Ray Mosby: Power of the press: Why newspapers matter
Alexander McCoy and Jacqueline Lopour: All in the political family for 2016
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Coats for the Community program enjoys successful year
Michael Reagan: Republicans can’t win in 2016 by losing now
July 3, 2015
AnglingBuzz: The Walleye - Mayfly Connection
While April showers bring May flowers, names can be deceiving. Mayflies, for example, are usually most abundant throughout the northern...
July 3, 2015 - 10:33am
June 11, 2015
PAUL NELSON COLUMN: The spawn is still on in Bemidji area lakes
The spawn for crappies, sunfish, bass and muskies this year has been drawn out by a couple of drops in water temperatures that happened just as the lake water was getting warm enough for the fish to move into the shallows. Most crappies, bass, sunfish and muskies that waited to...
News / local
June 11, 2015 - 1:43pm
April 5, 2014
Red Lake 15 years later: Historic agreement the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and Minnesota DNR signed in April 1999 produced walleye recovery
Brad Dokken Forum News Service RED LAKE — As Al Pemberton recalls, it was about three years after the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the Minnesota...
outdoors / fishing
April 5, 2014 - 11:14pm
January 9, 2014
Paul Nelson: Frigid temperatures mean better ice for anglers
The silver lining behind all of the cold weather is this was about the only scenario that could have helped the horrible ice conditions created by an early snowstorm. Lakes in the Bemidji area have had bad ice conditions since early December, when a heavy storm dumped more than 20...
outdoors / fishing
January 9, 2014 - 12:25pm
August 2, 2013
Paul Nelson: Maybe the fish will think it's September
Highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s equal surface water temperatures in the 60s in most of the lakes in the Bemidji area. Actually upper 60s, but the water in the lakes continues on a downward trend as the calendar changes to August. The current weather pattern is more like September...
outdoors / fishing
August 2, 2013 - 11:01am
July 11, 2013
Paul Nelson: When the walleyes aren't biting, pursue other options
Walleye fishing has been tough in most lakes when the conditions are not primed for walleyes. The days with bright skies, hot temperatures, little wind and no cloud cover can be brutal on the lakes with clear water. Anglers can always grind a few walleyes out of the weeds with jigs...
outdoors / fishing
July 11, 2013 - 1:55pm
August 21, 2009
Paul Nelson column for Aug. 21: Spinner rigs draw walleyes when visibility is low
The brief period of hot weather was enough to raise surface water temperatures into the mid 70s, which triggered an algae bloom in many Bemidji area lakes. But like most of the summer of 2009, cold, wind and rain quickly dropped the surface water temperatures back into the 60s again....
August 21, 2009 - 12:00am
August 7, 2009
Paul Nelson column for Aug. 7: Cold weather disrupts dog days of summer
July is usually the month with the warmest average temperatures of the year in the Bemidji area. Surface water temperatures in the lakes also usually reach their peak sometime in July, although there is often a second peak sometime in August that comes close to the first peak.
August 7, 2009 - 12:00am
July 17, 2009
Paul Nelson column for July 17: Cool temps, winds keep anglers off lakes
The midway point of July has passed in what is turning out to be a cold summer. Surface water temperatures in the Bemidji area have exceeded 70 degrees twice this year, but it only lasted several days each time. Surface water temperatures dropped back into the mid 60s again this...
July 17, 2009 - 12:00am
July 10, 2009
Paul Nelson column for July 10: Summer patterns developing on Bemidji area lakes
The lakes are changing and summer fishing patterns are developing quickly in the Bemidji area. Surface water temperatures are once again warmer than 70 degrees and an algae bloom is beginning in many lakes. Walleye fishing has slowed down significantly, especially during the middle...
July 10, 2009 - 12:00am
July 3, 2009
Big weekend ahead on Bemidji area lakes
The Fourth of July is one of the biggest weekends of the summer on lakes in the Bemidji area. The Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival is in town and the fireworks on Saturday night will make Lake Bemidji a busy place to be this weekend. There will be plenty of anglers out on most of...
July 3, 2009 - 12:00am
June 26, 2009
Paul Nelson column for June 26: Walleyes spread out as summer arrives
The hot weather this past week caused a spike in surface water temperatures in Bemidji area lakes, which quickly moved bass, crappies and sunfish into the shallows to spawn. The walleye bite has slowed down in most lakes, especially during the day. Walleyes spread out and use most...
June 26, 2009 - 12:00am