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BEMIDJI -- Nate Weossner fell in love with the game of hockey while growing up in Bemidji. He lost that passion for a short time after ending his playing career at age 19. But the passion returned, and the now 30-year-old is living his dream as a hockey coach. Once he realized how much he loved the game, Weossner set his mind on making it a career. It's a story of perseverance, networking and plain hard work. Weossner is assistant coach for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, considered the premier junior circuit in the country.
BEMIDJI -- There's no middle ground with lutefisk. You either like it, or you don't. But when the calendar flips over to October, nothing draws a crowd quite like a church dinner that serves up the Scandinavian staple. Of course, most of the dinners also offer meatballs. Lutefisk season officially opens today in the Bemidji area, when the oldest local dinner takes place from 4:30-7 p.m. at Aardahl Lutheran Church.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji native who spent the past two years serving in the Peace Corps in Namibia returned this week to thank members of her former church for helping her make a difference in the impoverished African nation. Mariah Stember Ortiz, a 1998 graduate of Bemidji High School, is spending a few days here visiting her parents, Larry and Susan Stember, and friends. Next week, she will return to her home in Seattle, where she works with international students at the University of Washington. Ortiz presented a program on Tuesday at St.
BEMIDJI -- Shriners from around the region will converge on Bemidji today and Saturday to take part in festivities for the 18th annual Shrine Bowl. It all culminates with Bemidji State University's football game against the University of Sioux Falls at 6 p.m. Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium.
BEMIDJI -- Two couples who support and appreciate Bemidji's vibrant arts community will be honored Friday as recipients of the 2014 Friend of the Arts award from the Watermark Art Center. H.B. "Ding" and Ina Roholt have been part of the arts scene here for 50 years, while Ernie and Patt Rall have plunged head-first into it since arriving in Bemidji 14 years ago. The Roholts and Ralls will be honored at the 26th annual Friend of the Arts awards celebration Friday at the Hampton Inn & Suites. It is presented by the Watermark Art Center and First National Bank Bemidji.
BEMIDJI — Tom Jenkins of Champlin fired a 3-under-par 69 Monday to claim third consecutive and eighth overall Men’s Championship title in the Vandersluis Memorial golf tournament at the Bemidji...
Sarah Dreyer and her son, Seth, receive release forms from Sheila Guest of the athletic department at Bemidji High School on Wednesday night. A manditory meeting for all 250-300 high school athletes and their parents to discuss school policies followed by breakout sessions with their coaches. Practices for fall sports begin next week.
BEMIDJI -- The city's bicycle-friendly reputation will be on display Saturday when about 250 pedalers take off on a ride around Lake Bemidji in the first Loop the Lake Festival. The event starts and ends in the Sanford Center parking lot. Riders will start the 17-mile course between 8 and 9:30 a.m. "We want to get those people who haven't been riding on their bikes to find out that it's really OK," said Mur Gilman, a retired BSU professor who chairs the Loop the Lake Festival committee. "They'll have lots of rest stops and opportunities to take it on a leisurely manner.
BEMIDJI -- A Father's Day tribute and music dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion will highlight the Bemidji Area Community Band's opening concert of the summer on June 15. The concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. on the lawn south of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the BSU campus. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. There is no admission charge, but free-will donations will be accepted. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors at Bangsberg. Former Bemidji High School director of bands Les Torgerson will conduct the first concert.
BEMIDJI -- Two years ago, Kari Ekhoff could barely speak, much less sing. Suffering from asthma without knowing it, the young mother lost her voice -- the voice that put her through college and helped others learn how to sing. A lot has changed since then. After going through dozens of tests and working with doctors, specialists, even a speech therapist, Kari got her voice back by taking a pill called Singulair. Kari and her husband, Paul, along with their three children moved from the Twin Cities to Bemidji last summer.