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BEMIDJI -- Former mayor Dave Larson will return to city politics after easily defeating Don Heinonen on Tuesday for the at-large seat on the Bemidji City Council. Larson captured 69.49 percent of the vote to Heinonen's 29.79 percent. Larson, who served as mayor from 2010 to 2012, won in all five wards. "At-large" means the council member is not attached to any particular ward, and any Bemidji resident can vote in the race. "I believe that when I left the mayorship, I had a reasonably good reputation and certainly name recognition," Larson told the Pioneer after viewing the last returns.
BEMIDJI -- Reed Olson was out at Ruttger's on Sunday when he just happened to look up at the right spot at the right moment. "It was about 4:45 so the sky was bright and blue and I saw it -- it didn't look like a meteor at night, which is normally orange or yellowish white -- this looked like phosphorus white, just brilliant, metallic white," he said. The American Meteor Society has received five reports from area residents who reported seeing some of type of fireball in Sunday's evening sky.
BEMIDJI -- Sometimes, things just click. Holly Nelson was in the middle of casting for "The Wizard of Oz," this year's fall musical at Bemidji High School, when she found the perfect Toto -- at the Beltrami Humane Society. "They said, 'We just had a Cairn Terrier turned in,' which is the same type of terrier that Toto was in the movie," Nelson said. "It wasn't even out of quarantine yet. She was a puppy so she's going to be not quite 11 months for the show.
BEMIDJI -- The Splat Witch is back. Last year, BSU introduced the Bemidji community to the Splat Witch, unfortunate witches who, probably due to distracted flying, meet their demise in tragic, yet often comedic, circumstances. Evidence of their deaths are visible in displays set up throughout campus. This year, there are 10 Splat Witch displays located throughout BSU: • "Delores Umbridge," located under the Hagg-Sauer sign on the courtyard side of Hagg-Sauer. • "Julia Chills," in Deputy Hall 105, the Center for Extended Learning. • "Brew-Hilda -- Don't Drink and Fly," located at a tree o
BEMIDJI -- Jim Hess, speaking in what may be his last public appeal before next week's election, boiled the referendum down to one point Tuesday evening: Bemidji Area Schools has run out of elementary classroom space and that is hurting students' education. "Every student deserves to have adequate space to learn, every teacher deserves to have adequate space in which to teach, and right now we're not able to fully implement our curriculum because of space issues," said Hess, superintendent of the district.
BEMIDJI -- Production crews with "Nick News," the longest-running kids' news show in TV history, recently spent time filming and interviewing students at TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School in Bemidji. "Nick News" sought out TrekNorth in the spring as a potential candidate for a segment titled "Old School, New School," and was eventually chosen for inclusion. "Nick News" is produced by Lucky Duck Productions and airs on Nickelodeon. The segment will air in December and highlight three progressive schools in the nation with the others being located Colorado and California.
BEMIDJI -- It can be the difference between a lumpectomy or mastectomy. For one patient, it meant not only removing one breast, but two -- and also removing her ovaries and fallopian tubes at the same time. The role genetics plays in cancer -- and one's overall health -- is continually becoming more defined, and Sanford Bemidji now has a professional on staff to help guide patients through the details of their genetic makeup. "I want to be thought of as the community genetic counselor, I want to be there for whoever needs help with genetics," said Jennifer Leonhard, who in June joined Sanf
BEMIDJI -- What's wrong with moving eighth-graders into Bemidji High School? This was one of the questions asked of Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Jim Hess Wednesday night during a public...
BEMIDJI -- A group of Northern Elementary third-graders huddled around their lunch trays, comparing the fresh foods they'd chosen to accompany their spaghetti. Avery Anderson and Mason Graves agreed the strawberries were their favorite. "I like my salad," said Andre Maruska. "Yeah, they always have salad and they always have carrots," said Diane Olson. But in addition to the mainstay salad and carrots, a variety of other fresh fruits and vegetables also are offered each day. On Tuesday, other choices included strawberries, melon, bell peppers and tomatoes.
BEMIDJI -- Amy Grant wasn't sure she'd ever make another studio album. But then she signed with a new record company. It was a "catalog deal," so she was expected to release collections of her established hits, mixing in a new song or two. "Creativity is a funny thing, you can't really force it," Grant told the Pioneer by phone last week. "You have to have a certain amount of wind in your sails." As she went through her old material, Grant reconnected with her past. "I just got my creative juices flowing," she said.