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When Jim Allen first set up his concession stand at Beltrami County Fair in 1983, the six fry bread stands were all lined up next to one another in a row. "But I made it, and I'm still here," Allen said. Big Al's Fry Bread and Macho Tacos is the longest-running consecutive vendor at the Beltrami County Fair. "We haven't missed a year," said Allen, who lives between Cass Lake and Becida. When Big Al's first joined the fair, it was 1983 and the fair was still being held near where the Target store now stands. Allen's primary business comes from auctions, at which he serves lunch and snacks
The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission on Thursday voted to recommend approval on the final plat for Voyager Crossing, the property formerly known as ShoreQuest. The vote was 10-1, with Planning Commissioner Richard Slinkman casting the dissenting vote. "It's just another step in moving forward," said developer John Zacher following the meeting. The land is on the southeast edge of Lake Bemidji and encompasses 5,000 linear feet of shoreline. It is the largest piece of land on Lake Bemidji that has not yet been developed. The final plat did not require a public hearing.
What's better than a helping hand? About 100 helping hands. Approximately 50 family members and friends gathered at the home of Dwight and Leslie Raddatz in Kabekona this week to help the couple construct a new home. "It's been really amazing to see all these people come," Dwight said. "It's pretty awesome." Dwight is one of eight siblings, and all but one made the trip to help him out. Some came from as far as California and Washington.
A male biker died Tuesday morning after a Detroit Lakes woman allegedly struck the bicycle from behind at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 71 near Little Mantrap Road. The bicyclist was Paul Howard, 52, of Rochester. Laurine Beaulieu, 42, of Detroit Lakes, was driving a 1998 Plymouth van when she struck the back end of the bicycle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol's accident report. The report said alcohol was detected in Beaulieu's system, but did not say whether it was above Minnesota's legal blood-alcohol content limit for driving, which is .08.
The Bemidji Regional Airport is working on a lease agreement with North Memorial Ambulance Service in which a hangar would be built that would house one helicopter. Airport Manager Harold Van Leeuwen confirmed the potential deal last week. Mike Parrish, director of North Memorial Ambulance, said Wednesday that North Memorial is looking forward to serving the Bemidji area. "We're excited," he said. "We want to work with the medical community." North Memorial Ambulance is a department of North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
A male biker died Tuesday morning after a Detroit Lakes woman allegedly struck the bicycle from behind at 6:35 a.m.
The city of Bemidji is pursuing a possible deal with Northwest Technical College that would result in a new substation for the Bemidji Fire Department. During the Bemidji City Council work session on Monday, Mayor Richard Lehmann said NTC likely would donate the land for the potential facility. "I can find no downside to it," said Lehmann, who works in admissions for NTC. City Manager John Chattin said the city of Bemidji was approached by NTC with the idea. He is planning to meet Aug.
You'd think it would be difficult to picture the end result of a park that is now covered in machinery, workers and dirt. But, just three months after construction began, the new Diamond Point Park is emerging. The Bemidji Park and Recreation Commission on Tuesday toured the park, which is expected to be completed and reopened next summer. Dan Haluptzok, superintendent of parks and recreation, led the tour. The tour started just inside the park's boundaries, where one could see the area that eventually will become a parking lot.
Rita Albrecht, Bemidji's assistant city planner, has resigned to take a position with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission. Her last day with the city is Aug. 10. The Bemidji City Council already had been set to discuss potential funding plans for the Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board and joint planning commission.
Bemidji State University's mascot may be the Beaver, but the lasting image of its summer music camp just may be Betty Masoner. Masoner, 80, has been at every music camp since it debuted in 1948. First, she was a student, then a manager and helper, and finally an instructor. "I like to share what I have learned from people with (the students)," Masoner said. The music camp concludes at 1:30 p.m.