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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work in the last year looking for ways to connect students with internship opportunities with local businesses, in hopes of retaining local talent for the future.
BEMIDJI — For the first time ever, the Bemidji Parks and Trails Commission and representatives of Beltrami County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource sat in a room together to discuss ways they could collaborate on the area’s parks and trails.
BEMIDJI – The yard lines are freshly painted, the footballs are aired up and the jerseys have been handed out. All of this can mean only one thing: the start of Bemidji Youth Football games on the Boys and Girls Club fields. The 240 third- through fifth-graders that took the field for their first games this week are only the second group able to play youth football in Bemidji, as BYF began just one year ago. BYF President Wes Hegna was a major contributor to getting the program off the ground last fall.
BEMIDJI — Local gas prices spiked to more than $4 for a regular gallon of gas Wednesday morning before dropping below the dreaded number later in the day, leaving many station owners guessing. “The fours that are on my sign are nice and new and shiny,” said Mark Lindy, owner of Dick’s North Side auto repair shop and gas station. Lindy’s shop had a $4.07 per gallon price on Wednesday, a price comparable to other local gas stations early in the day before many dropped to $3.95.
BATTLE TOWNSHIP — Forestry crews and Beltrami County emergency management continued to fight a wildfire Tuesday, which has burned roughly 300 acres so far. The grass fire was reported early Monday afternoon in Battle Township, located 55 miles north of Bemidji. “One of the issues (Monday) was the extreme drought situations making firefighting very difficult with the high winds,” said Ron Rabe from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Blackduck Forestry office.
Kathy Makela, Park Rapids, stands amongst her stacks of hand embroidered quilts at the Bemidji Pioneer Indoor Garage Sale held at the Sanford Center on Saturday. Makela said at the midway point in the day that she had sold a number of her quilts. Brian Matthews | Bemidji Pioneer
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Pioneer’s Indoor Garage Sale and Craft Show is a great opportunity for people turn their junk into another person’s treasure, but for sellers like Violet Harper it won’t be easy to part with their collection. “I can’t call it junk, Harper said. “But I just don’t have any room in my house anymore. I just have to. I don’t have the room anymore and I am getting up there in years.”
BEMIDJI – It has been more than four months since Beltrami County Administrator Tony Murphy submitted his resignation and the search for a replacement is moving slowly. Commissioner Joe Vene, a member of the hiring committee, said that no one has been interviewed for the position yet, but that applications are starting to trickle in. “We hope to be in position to have made a hire or a decision to hire sometime between November and the end of the year,” Vene said.
BEMIDJI — A “Vote yes for marriage” sign was stolen outside of St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Bemidji between Monday night and Tuesday morning, escalating the debate of the proposed marriage amendment set to be voted on in November. “We fell badly that whoever was not supporting the marriage protection amendment felt that they needed to go to such extremes,” said Robb Naylor, parish captain for the marriage amendment. “It was kind of a desperate act to rip that down and haul it away in order to promote their agenda.”
BEMIDJI — Many boaters who have navigated on the Mississippi River between Lake Irving and Lake Bemidji know of the hazardous pilings that stick up from the bottom, but for those who don’t, taking the wrong path could be a costly mistake. “I have hit them many times, and the last time irritated me so bad that I went out in my own boat, jumped in the water and searched for them,” Roger Heger, a resident on the northern side of Lake Irving, said at Tuesday’s Beltrami County Board meeting.