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Like many other industries, the newspaper business is in a state of change. Many of you no doubt have read about the troubles of big-city papers like the Star Tribune in Mineapolis. And while business remains strong here, the Bemidji Pioneer is not immune to change. When the ink was rolled onto this page Saturday night, it marked the final run of our Goss Community press that has been in place since 1977.
ST. PAUL - Bemidji High School junior Travis Utley stood in a State Capitol complex office with House Minority Leader Marty Seifert and Minority Whip Denny McNamara Tuesday morning, discussing the bonding bill that had just been negotiated by legislative leaders. "We were some of the first to know about it," Utley said with a proud grin later in the day. "That was a highlight of my day." It was one of many for the 17-year-old, who was part of Bemidji Day at the Capitol, which brought about 100 people to St. Paul in support of Bemidji's community agenda.
Two of the top finishers after a sweltering first day of qualifying at the 83rd annual Birchmont Golf Tournament agree that winning medalist honors is not high on their list of goals. "It's all about the top 32, not the top one," said Johnny Larson, who opened with a 4-under-par 68 to share first place with two others in the men's championship division at Bemidji Town & Country Club. "If you're the medalist you get to enjoy it for a few hours, but after tomorrow it's anybody's game." Kevin Krigbaum echoed those sentiments.
Bemidji's first Ride for the Troops was a smashing success, considering the small group of people who planned it in the spring of 2006. The motorcycle ride drew about 160 bikers and raised $10,600 for 57 members of the Bemidji unit of the Minnesota Army National Guard who were serving in Iraq. Considering the beefed-up number of planners, sponsors, donors and volunteers for this year's event, optimism is building.
Kelvin Sampson says his own story of persistence could serve as an example to anyone in any walk of life. The 51-year-old Indiana University men's basketball coach spoke to a small but enthusiastic audience Saturday night at the American Indian Resource Center in Bemidji. His presentation was part of Indian Week activities at Bemidji State University and was sponsored by the Blandin Foundation and the AIRC. "When I started coaching I was looking for something I could do with my life," Sampson said.
The Bemidji State women's hockey team showed no signs of road weariness Friday night when it played at the John Glas Fieldhouse for the first time since Dec. 2. In fact, the streaking Beavers scored in the first minute of their game against North Dakota, added two more later in the opening period and went on to a 4-1 victory in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Bemidji is 5-1-1 in its last seven outings and is quickly improving its chances of playing at home in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
After a three-week break from conference play, it was back to the College Hockey America grind Friday night for the streaking Bemidji State men's hockey team. The Beavers responded with a workmanlike 3-2 victory over Wayne State of Michigan at the John Glas Fieldhouse, moving to 6-2-3 and earning a share of the CHA lead. Bemidji is 11-5-3 overall, with only two losses in its last 15 games. It also marked a pair of milestones for Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore. It was his 200th game, and his 100th victory.
Joan M. Cheever stood about 5 feet from Walter Williams when he was executed Oct. 5, 1994. She often wondered what would have happened to the convicted murderer had he not been put to death by lethal injection that day. "I thought the answer had died with Walter," Cheever told the Bemidji Rotary Club at its Monday meeting. She didn't find the answer to that specific question, but Cheever did get some insights a few years later when she tracked the post-prison lives of 322 death row inmates who were released as a result of a 1972 Supreme Court decision.
With a hop in their collective step and a chip on their collective shoulder, the Bemidji State Beavers collected their first College Hockey America Conference victory Saturday night at the John Glas Fieldhouse, blanking Robert Morris 3-0. It was a different story from the night before when the upstart Colonials in their third season of Division I hockey came into the Glas and beat the Beavers 3-2. Matt Pope scored two goals and Luke Erickson added the other, while goaltender Matt Climie rejected all 26 Robert Morris shots to pick up his first shutout of the season.
The Robert Morris University men's hockey team made its 75th game as a Division I program a memorable one Friday night at Bemidji's John Glas Fieldhouse. The Colonials overpowered Bemidji State 3-2 to post their first College Hockey America victory on the Beavers' ice. "Every one of these guys has been with me from the start," said Colonials coach Derek Schooley, who is now 1-4 at the Glas. "We hadn't had much success here, but tonight you could see our poise and determination.