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BEMIDJI - Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and the Becida Bar and Grill may be under new ownership, but longtime customers at both will be pleased that their traditions will remain. While Brigid's and Becida have officially changed ownership, Tutto Bene is currently in the process of being sold, but the deal has not been finalized. Brigid's Cross, an Irish themed bar located in the heart of downtown Bemidji, officially changed ownership last Friday when long time local musician Kristi Miller took ownership. "Something stood out about Brigid's," Miller said.
BEMIDJI - Poverty, health and corruption were the most common concerns spoken about at the People's Voice meeting held Saturday at the People's Choice Church. "I think half of this board is filled with solutions and half of it is filled with problems," said Curtis Buckanaga, an organizer of the event. "I think we need to focus on the solutions and not pay too much attention to the problems. The problems are there, what are we going to do about them?
BEMIDJI - To celebrate 50 years of teaching youth the Norwegian language and immersing them in its culture, Skogfjorden is holding a reunion full of Norwegian song, dance and of course food. "You can go various ways with a reunion, you can go with the golf game, you can go with the performance by the Norwegian group or lectures by Norwegian authors, but we decided almost immediately that we wanted to recreate Skogfjorden," volunteer Sarah "Hannah" Hansen said. Skogfjorden is part of the Concordia Language Villages, a camp that teaches youth languages using immersion techniques.
BEMIDJI - The search to replace Tony Murphy as Beltrami County administrator will begin with a job posting scheduled to hit the Web after Independence Day. Dave Unmacht, director of Springsted's Organizational Management and Human Resources Group, spoke to Beltrami County commissioners Tuesday night, asking the County Board to approve a position profile and give support to moving forward with the hiring process. Upon Unmacht's request to release a job posting on July 9, the County Board agreed to extend the position's start date to the first week of November, keeping Interim Administrator K
BEMIDJI - Voyageurs Expeditionary High School was able to get back to their mission to provide hands on learning to its students at the end of its school year, getting students away from their textbooks and into places like Florida, Chicago, and the Black Hills of S.D. "I am sure it would have been cool just to go see Washington (D.C.) but the fact that we got to do it with our school and the people that we have gotten to know almost like a family is very special," Ben Bauman said about the opportunity. Voyageurs staff member Julie Johnson-Willborg said it was nice to get the school back to
BEMIDJI - Shared Vision held a rally Thursday to bring attention to the cross burning that occurred several weeks ago and help the community move forward from the racist act. "The cross burning that happened is a very unfortunate reminder that racism is alive and well today," Bemidji State University psychology professor John Gonzalez said at Thursday's rally.
BEMIDJI - The 12th Annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic brought in 96 competitors, all casting their lines in hopes of bringing in the $12,500 first prize, but in the end it was a father-son pair and their 18.08 pounds of walleye that won it all. "If you want to find some fish then go out fishing," first prize winner Kaleb Hanson said. "That's the thing. We didn't catch a bunch of fish pre-fishing but we were able to find them today." Kaleb Hanson was joined by his dad Kelly.
BEMIDJI - The fishermen take center stage at the Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic, but the supporters that fill Paul Bunyan Park have their fair share of fun while the competitors are on the lake. For Larry Delude, a Bemidji retiree, he was looking to pass some time before going to church and his curiosity brought him in to see some of the big fish that were brought in at the competition's end. "I fish Lake Bemidji a lot," Delude said. "There are a lot of fish here, but sometimes the tough part is figuring out how to get them bite.
BEMIDJI - The Lake Bemidji State Park will host a free admission day Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. In addition to the free admission, Minnesota's state parks will be kicking off their Geocaching Avian Adventure, adding a twist to the popular global positioning system scavenger hunt by adding bird cards to the Geocaches, giving information about the state's birds. The Geocaching event will take place from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
BEMIDJI - This year's change in location from the Bemidji Lakefront to the City Park was a concern for Youth Rally organizers, but the word seemed to have spread by Thursday's event as youth from around the area enjoyed a day full of music and activities. "The main challenge this year was definitely getting the word out," Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission President Kiaja Roy said.