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BEMIDJI -- Nearly 30 percent of children in Beltrami County live in poverty according to the 2012 Kids Count, well above the state average of 15 percent, increasing awareness for children in the area. "First we believe that a family is a child's first chance and best chance so we need to strengthen families, we need to support families but also we have to be cherishing parents as well," Legislative Affairs and Advocacy Director Alexandra Fitzsimmons said. The 2012 Kid Count focused on children in greater Minnesota, looking at the child poverty levels and the relationship between affordabilit
BEMIDJI - On Sunday, a Bemidji man will attempt to do something that many prisoners likely contemplated during the 1950s: escape Alcatraz. Ryan Welle, 31, has been training for the ESCAPE Alcatraz Triathlon, a iconic race that throws athletes from a ferry off the shore of the island for a 1.5 mile swim through the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay, a 18-mile bike ride along the California coast and a eight-mile run through the trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area. Why is he racing such a physically taxing race? Because he ran his first triathlon a few years ago and since has bec
BEMIDJI -- After last year's Take a Kid Fishing event fought through rain, the 26th annual event brought just as much sun as it did fish and young smiling faces. "Most of us are trying to give back a little bit," Take a Kid Fishing Committee member Jo Clayton said. "We've had fishing as part of our lives, and we think it is a very healthy lifestyle." This year's event brought in 135 kids ranging in age from 10 to 15, with 82 guides to teach them the art of fishing. The event kicked off at 10 a.m.
BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemidji and Beltrami County have agreed to a joint letter, objecting to the Northern Township cross-burning. "We want to keep it out there until the Sheriff's Department is able to prosecute or find these individuals," Audrey Thayer, coordinator of the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project, said at the Beltrami County Board meeting Tuesday afternoon. "But it is also very important for our community.
BEMIDJI -- Earthworms are commonly used by fishermen to catch fish, but for Bemidji native Josh Burnham, it's the worms themselves that have the most value. ... It's their poop. For two years, Burnham, 24, has been raising earthworms on his fourth-generation family land along the Mississippi. Being an avid fisherman, he decided he wanted to go into the worm business. He bought a few thousand worms in Racine, Wis., and began operations. As the worms digested their food, Burnham and his grandma noticed how big the pumpkins on the edge of the property were.
BEMIDJI- After formally filing to run for U.S. Senate just two weeks ago, state Rep. Kurt Bills visited the Beltrami County Republicans Annual Banquet on Saturday, ensuring people that he will defeat Amy Klobuchar in the upcoming elections. "We will beat them because we have a plan," Bills said. That plan is Kentucky Sen.
BEMIDJI- The Northwoods Habitat For Humanity kicked off its Blitz Build Saturday morning, building a house for a recipient in just seven days of time. Richell Thayer, 24, will be the recipient of the home, located at 726 18th St. Northwest.
BEMIDJI- The Beltrami County board of commissioners will meet Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. with their regular meeting set for 5:00 p.m. in the council chambers. Beltrami County Sheriff Phiil Hodapp will meet with the commissioners at the work meeting to discuss allowing video visitations at the county jail. Turn Key Corrections, a vendor that provides with other services has proposed a new service that would allow prisoners to visit with people via video at a charge of $0.35 cents per minute.
BEMIDJI - The seventh annual Ride for the Troops is set for Sunday, bringing out motorcyclists from the Upper Midwest eager to rev their engines and ride 130 miles in support of the country's military troops. The ride kicks off from the Marketplace Food and Drug parking on Sunday. For riders like Vietnam veteran Vince Beyl, the ride is just his way of giving back to the troops. "It is special," Beyl said.
BEMIDJI - J.W. Smith third grader Madison Benson's choice to draw a Higgins eye pearlymussel may not have been the popular choice among the Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest participants, but her uniqueness and creativity did not go unnoticed. Benson won third prize for her age group in a statewide contest. "I kind of chose it because it was kind of different from everything else," Madison said Tuesday.