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BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Fair offers a wide variety of smells for fair-goers walking the grounds. Whether it is the smell of your favorite fair food, the smell of the barn animals and yes, even the smell of the horse manure, all of it creates the perfect setting for the fair.
BEMIDJI - The dream of a dog park for the nearly 500 licensed dogs in Bemidji is one that has been stewing for nearly three years and with the lack of funding, the dogs wait patiently, drooling at the thought of an open field where they can run freely and mingle with other dogs. "There is a lot of support, it's just trying to get the people to open up their wallets," Nymore Dog Park Committee Chair Ann Campbell said. "We understand it's hard times for everybody.
BEMIDJI -- Everyone has their life dreams, whether it be to own your own company, come up with the next billion dollar idea or maybe to travel the world.
BEMIDJI - With Diamond Point Park and other city parks being reopened after the July 2 wind storm shut them down, the Bemidji Parks and Trails Commission is looking to the future, making plans to replant trees and create shaded areas for park visitors. "(Diamond Point) has been busy since it reopened," Parks and Trails Commission Chair Marcia Larson said. "What was interesting is once we closed Diamond Point, Cameron and Nymore Beach got really busy.
BEMIDJI -- After 37 total races, several spurts of rain and a unforgettable rainbow backdrop to close out the day, the Cedar River Gang rowed its way to gold in the Seventh Annual Dragon Boat Festival at the lakefront. "It is really a good feeling," Cedar River Gang team captain John Gilliland said. "We worked hard to beat some really good teams.
BEMIDJI -- For Nolan Rutledge, 9, the early bird may not have gotten the worm, but instead the early bird found the First National Bank Bemidji Downtown Dragon Boat Medallion worth $250. "All night he was like 'we are getting up early to go get a paper' because we don't get a paper at our house," said Devonna Rutledge, Nolan's mom. "He wanted to get up right away and start looking so that was our plan." Nolan's dad Tom Rutledge and his brother Spencer joined the family search be-ginning at 5:30 a.m.
BEMIDJI - The Sanford Center has installed four giant fish hooks in front of the building, not to catch fish, but to be used as a bike rack for as many as 16 bikes. "I grew up fishing rivers in southern Minnesota and we were always biking with a fishing rod in hand," said the bike rack's designer Ron Schrader. "The location that was graciously awarded was sitting right by the lake so it seemed to fit." Schrader, a Bemidji artist, has designed artwork like this in the past and heard about the contest one day before the deadline.
BEMIDJI - Lakeland Public Television and the Sanford Center are happy to be together, teaming up Tuesday to host the "Happy Together Tour" at the Sanford Center. "It is kind of built as a chance for people to support public TV and have fun doing it," LPTV Promotion Manager Ron Johnson said. This is the sixth benefit concert for LPTV, and will feature classic artists including the Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Turtles with Flo and Eddie and The Monkees' lead singer Micky Dolenz. This is the first year the benefit concert will be at the Sanford Center, as p
BEMIDJI - People fertilize their lawns to keep their grass green, but what they may not know is that the fertilizer can run off into lakes, feeding the growth of blue-green algae, which can cause harm to animals. "(Algae) is pretty common this time of year," said Bob Ekstrom, the Aquatic Habitat Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Resources' Bemidji Area Fishery office.