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When Avery Goeddertz, 7, scored the game-winning goal in the final seconds of his youth hockey game Wednesday night, he turned to his father and said, "See, Dad, I'm just like Joe Motzko." Avery was beaming Thursday afternoon, after having had his picture taken alongside Motzko and the Stanley Cup, the National Hockey League's treasured trophy. Motzko, a member of the 2007 NHL championship Anaheim Ducks, brought the cup to Bemidji, his hometown, and shared it with fans Thursday afternoon at the Bemidji Community Arena. "It was cool," Avery said.
To celebrate the release of its third CD, "Some of These Days," Sam Miltich and The Clearwater Hot Club will perform in its favorite location: northern Minnesota. "We'd rather play in northern Minnesota than anywhere else," said Matthew Miltich, a Bemidji State University graduate who plays string bass. "This is home for all of us." Clearwater, a gypsy jazz band that combines Brazilian choro and French musette, will play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. The band's first CD, "Sammo," was released in November 2003.
An administrative hearing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. today in the Crying Wolf Room at Bemidji State University that relates to a long-standing dispute between Minnesota counties and the Department of Natural Resources. The hearing will pertain to a proposed rule that would clarify the DNR's obligation on payments for ditch assessments.
For nine years, the Rev. Carol Cruise asked God to choose someone else. He didn't. And so, on Jan. 1, 2002, she took one step forward, one of the many she will need to take to complete her goal of walking around the perimeter of the United States. In December 1992, Cruise's right leg was amputated due to an injury. Doctors performed 15 surgeries trying to save the leg, but eventually there were no other options. The night before the amputation, she prayed. "I told God I wanted to be a better person, not a bitter person," said Cruise, of Canton, Ohio.
Arlan James Stately, Jr., 35, address unknown, was charged Thursday with the alleged assaults that occurred Tuesday evening at Wal-Mart. Stately was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, felony theft, and first-degree criminal damage to property. According to the criminal complaint, Stately attempted to leave Wal-Mart with a shopping cart full of merchandise when the store's security alarms were activated. A Wal-Mart store employee asked to see his receipt, but Stately allegedly ignored him and walked out of the store. The employee followed him, again asking to see his receipt.
The Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board recently gave its OK to the final Menards' plan according to the recommendations from the Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission. "Menards is very excited about the project and becoming part of the community," said Troy Bronk, Menards' attorney. City Planner Curt Oakes said Menards and the city still are finalizing the details of the developer's agreement, but the project has received a green light. While the board gave the project the go-ahead last week, so to speak, Bronk said the project really can't move forward without a signed agreement. "Without
The Beltrami County Attorney's Office is considering charges against a man accused of assaulting two men Tuesday evening at Wal-Mart. He also is suspected of theft and damaging property. He is scheduled to be charged by 11 a.m. today, according to the County Attorney's Office. According to the police report, an assault was reported at 7:28 p.m. Tuesday at Wal-Mart. The incident allegedly began when a man attempted to leave the store and set off the security alarms.
A touching tribute was erected Wednesday in front of Bemidji Fire Hall in honor of the nine firefighters who died battling a blaze Monday in South Carolina. The men who died were fighting a fire at a furniture store warehouse, according to the Associated Press. The AP identified the firefighters as William "Billy" Hutchinson, 48, Mike Benke, 49, Louis Mulkey, 34, Mark Kelsey, 40, Bradford "Brad" Baity, 37, Michael French, 27, James "Earl" Drayton, 56, Brandon Thompson, 27, and Melven Champaign, 46. It was the largest loss of firefighters' lives since the Sept.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Property exchange The council considered trading property. The city would give up Norton Avenue between 23rd Street and Paul Bunyan Drive. Pat DeMarchi, the adjacent property owner on the west, would get the land and the city would retain easements for the utilities in place.
Bemidji city councilors on Monday agreed that they just don't yet know what the future of the regional events center will be. The City Council on Thursday decided to support a $50 million multiuse events center that would house Bemidji State University hockey and about 10,000 square feet of events center space.