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Like most people who witness the musical talents of Wayne Hoff for the first time, Pat Mason recalls being mesmerized. It was 40-some years ago, at a fiddlers contest on the Bemidji State University campus.
BLOOMINGTON — The Bemidji Pioneer received seven awards Thursday night at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 151st annual convention. Judges in the MNA’s Better Newspaper Contest honored the Pioneer with three first-place awards, three second-place awards and one third-place award.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The big cheer that went up Thursday night in downtown Minneapolis came from a plaid-clad contingent of Bemidjians who just learned their community was named "Best MN Town" by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Bemidji won the honor over fellow finalists Austin, Owatonna, Waconia and Walker. The announcement was made at a gala party honoring the 50th anniversary of the magazine.
David Quam of Bemidji interviewed 61 veterans of World War II. You may view the videos by clicking here .
BEMIDJI -- Supporters of law enforcement gathered Sunday night to participate in a 5K run/walk event to honor police officers across the country. They ran and walked from Paul and Babe to the Sanford Center and back, sporting blue lights to show their support for officers.
BEMIDJI -- Local musicians will perform original songs about the Lake Bemidji State Park Bog Walk at 7 Saturday as part of the park’s celebration of International Bog Weekend. This year’s event includes an Ode to the Bog Songfest and competition. Musicians were invited to write their songs and upload them to YouTube, and the top entries were selected for tonight’s performance at the park amphitheater.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Community Band will kick off its 2016 summer concert season at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 with show tunes, marches and Americana music on the lawn south of Bangsberg Hall at Bemidji State University. The first of four concerts will be conducted by Les Torgerson, retired Bemidji High School band director. Band members range in age from early 20s to mid-80s.
In July I am retiring after more than 40 years in higher education, 11 years as a president. Over the years I have had many opportunities to work with elected officials, and I have always been impressed. I don’t envy the job they have to do — especially when they face hard decisions like our legislators did last week. It is easy for all of us to second-guess their work and their decisions.
BEMIDJI -- When Deb McGregor takes the stage Friday to debut her first professional music CD at the historic Chief Theater, she will mark a powerful step in her life … through a window and into a world of light. The 48-year-old vocalist and musician will perform songs from her “Other Side of the Window” CD for an audience of friends, family and supporters. Her husband, Steve Pfleger, and daughter Madeleine, 17, will be there. Son Ryan, 14, will play an African drum on one of the songs.
Bemidji's Biggest Indoor Garage Sale and Craft Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Sanford Center. The event, co-sponsored by the Bemidji Pioneer and the Sanford Center, will feature more than 120 booths filling the arena. Admission is $2, but you can save $1 by clipping and bringing a coupon from the Friday or Saturday edition of the Pioneer. Proceeds will benefit the Pioneer's Newspaper in Education program that provides papers to local classrooms as a learning tool. Concessions will be available throughout the day.