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Marley Kaul started writing letters to his granddaughter before she was born. He wanted her to know about his life, his art and his grandfatherly advice. Just in case he didn’t get to meet her. Kaul, a gifted artist and retired BSU art professor, was facing a potential health problem that worried him. That was 12 years ago. He wrote his first letter while daughter Allison DeLeone was pregnant with his first grandchild, and while he was awaiting test results on his health scare. “It was an emotional time,” Kaul said.
BEMIDJI—"Butch, draw me something." Requests such as that one from elementary school classmates back in the 1960s let Butch Holden know he had a talent for art. Even his teachers would ask. "'Butch, illustrate something on the chalkboard.' A picture, an image. I guess I was good at it," Holden recalls. Good indeed. Now 65 years old and in his 32nd and final year as a professor of visual arts at BSU, Holden smiles as he remembers those grade school requests that sent him on his way to a career in teaching and creating art.
Golf, kidding around, friendship and laughter. Lots of laughter. That’s what happens when John Vinje, Ed LeBeau, Dave Vogel and Gary Vogel get together at Bemidji Town & Country Club. The four have been regular golf partners for several years, playing as many as four days a week. “We have fun,” said Vinje, 67, a retired teacher and coach. “At the end of the day we’re paying each other off in quarters and looking forward to the next day. And we keep coming back. We all love the game.
Brothers Dave and Duane Christensen have always been close. They were born three years apart, the 14th and 15th children in a poor North Dakota farm family.
BEMIDJI—She officially retired from teaching music 15 years ago, but Cynthia White is still teaching today. "The only thing that could make that song better," she told members of the First City Singers at a rehearsal last week, "was if you sang that chorus with a little more power. Otherwise it sounds very good." White is relishing her role as music director of the senior citizen choral group. Music has been her lifelong passion.
There’s a picture of Monte Draper in thigh-deep water as he tried to capture the perfect photo at last year’s Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, his shorts rolled up, his camera hanging on his chest … and a big smile on his face. There seemed to be no limit to the trouble Monte would go to as he plied his craft over the past 30 some years. Climb a tree to wait for an eagle to land? No problem. Hang on the back of a moving snowmobile to follow Nordic skiers through the woods? Bring it on.
BEMIDJI -- Eighteen business and civic leaders from Bemidji visited Camp Ripley on Tuesday to learn more about the 53,000-acre facility and the Minnesota Army National Guard. The trip was sponsored by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense. The group was transported to and from Camp Ripley on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter piloted by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tony Hanson of Bemidji, who also works as a Bemidji firefighter.
From Mini-Meatball Fiesta Flats as an appetizer to Hazelnut Creme Brulee as dessert, Taste of Home culinary specialist Dana Elliott will teach her audience how to create a spring-friendly menu Tuesday night at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Those are two of the 10 recipes Elliott will share in her 7 p.m. Taste of Home Cooking School presentation. All 10 prepared dishes will be given away as door prizes at the end of the program.
BEMIDJI -- For the seventh time since 2003, the Bemidji Pioneer will present a Taste of Home Cooking School. This year’s show will be held at Bemidji High School on April 21. VIP tickets go on sale at noon Sunday, and all other tickets will be available for purchase starting at noon on March 9.
BEMIDJI -- An unbeaten season came crashing down on the Bemidji State men's basketball team Friday night at the BSU Gymnasium. It didn't help when senior star Brock Lutes went down with an ankle injury less than two minutes into the game. But St. Cloud State dominated the Beavers in an 88-65 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory. Even with Lutes at full strength, the Huskies would have been hard to beat. "I don't know if (the injury) had a huge impact in the game," said BSU coach Mike Boschee. "St. Cloud did what we wanted to do.