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BEMIDJI -- Dress Club Cleaners, the sole drycleaners in the area, changed owners in early July, ending a 50-year tradition for one family while starting fresh with another. Chuck Lundblad, 68, and his wife, Penny, 65, ran the drycleaners for 26 years before selling it to new owner Richard Siegert. "They were in it for a long time and they were just really tired of it," Siegert said.
BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Park and Trail Advisory Council met in the parking lot of Movil Maze, discussing and dreaming up future plans for the land. "The PTAC can really tell us what to do here at Movil Maze," Beltrami County Recreation Resource Specialist John Winter said Thursday afternoon at the recreation area's entrance. "It is changing -- the skiers know it. It is not just skiing anymore." The Movil Maze Recreation area is located about five miles north of Bemidji off U.S. Highway 71 and County Road 305.
BEMIDJI - With the 88th annual Birchmont Golf Tournament entering its second round of match play Thursday, course workers are scrambling to keep the course watered amidst the muggy dry conditions. "If Mother Nature cooperates with us and we get some timely rain it would help but obviously we haven't had that and things show it quite a bit," Golf Course Superintendent Tom Johanns said Thursday. Johanns said the course got about three-fourths of an inch of rain Wednesday morning, the only rain the course had seen since the July 2 storms. To battle the dry conditions, Johanns said crews worked
CASS LAKE - The 12th annual Cass Lake Rib Fest kicks off its three-day run Thursday. All activities in the year's festival, except the parade will take place in the field in downtown Cass Lake at the intersection of 2nd Street and Elm Avenue. Vendors will be set up in the field as well as the stage. Wild Horses, a band from Cass Lake will perform on opening night of the festival starting at 5 p.m. While the music is playing, the Leech Lake Boy and Girls Club will host a "Fear Factor" competition. On Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WALKER -- A rock concert may seem like an odd place to find love, but for Mitch and Holly Fischer, the 2011 Moondance Jam was where the two fell in love before eventually getting married. "Moondance and the Stone Temple Pilots is where we started to fall in love," Holly Fischer said. "That was the last night of Moondance last year and it was great, and it has been great ever since." For Holly, last year's Moondance Jam was her first.
BELTRAMI COUNTY -- In hopes of bringing in new businesses and expanding existing businesses in northern Beltrami County, the county board of commissioners approved a revolving loan fund. Headwaters Regional Development Commission Business Loan Specialist Tiffany Fettig proposed a revolving loan fund for the Consolidated Conservation area. The proposal passed with a 4-0 vote by the commissioners.
BEMIDJI -- According to Sarah Utsch, auditor with Larson Allen, Beltrami County deserves an "A" grade based on its healthy fund balance levels. "I would say it is right on that 'A' mark," Utsch said during the Beltrami County Board's Tuesday afternoon work session.
NIMROD - The Blue Ox split a pair of games on Saturday, stopping Nimrod 8-4 on the loser's diamond but falling 14-8 to Huntersville in Menahga. On Sunday Bemidji blistered Leech Lake 12-0. The weekend's results give Bemidji a 15-3 record. In Saturday's opener the Blue Ox scored eight runs on only five hits. Among them, however, was Chris Conway's grand slam home run which keyed a 5-run eighth inning. The Blue Ox added three runs in the ninth to cap the win. Bryan Jamieson went the distance on the Bemidji mound. Nimrod touched him for two runs in the third and fourth frames.
BEMIDJI -- Angela Hesse, a Bemidji State University alumna and up-and-coming country music singer, joined the nearly 300 people Saturday participating in Beltrami County's Relay for Life. "I have this talent that I can use to help give back," Hesse said. "I love to write music. I have my country music but I also have music that is inspirational." Hesse, who currently lives in Nashville as she chases her musical dreams, is a 2011 graduate of BSU.
BEMIDJI -- Nearly 150 members of the Bemidji community gathered to show their unity in opposition of the proposed amendment that would ban same-sex couples from marrying in Minnesota. "We must say a resounding 'NO' to the proposed constitutional amendment that would, for all intents and purposes, end any meaningful discussion about extending the wonders of the marital relationship to all members of our society," the Rev. Steve Schmit of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church said at Wednesday evening's Vote No!