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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.
The 14th annual Bemidji's Biggest Indoor Garage Sale and Craft Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Sanford Center. More than 130 booths will be featured in the arena, ballroom and Lakeside meeting rooms. The event is sponsored by the Bemidji Pioneer and the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI -- A potent storm system is expected to reach the Bemidji area Monday evening, bring high winds and 3 to 5 inches
BEMIDJI -- Charles Grover, one of the stars of Bemidji's 1948 state championship high school basketball team, died last week in Arizona at the age of 82. Grover was a junior captain on the Lumberjacks team that won 28 of 31 games in 1947-48. The 6-foot-2½, 190-pound forward scored 31 points in the three state tournament games in Minneapolis and proudly displayed the championship trophy to a throng of hometown fans when the team returned to Bemidji.
The North Beltrami Heritage Center, in collaboration with the Beltrami County Historical Society and Blackduck History Center, will present "Minnesota History Player — Fur Trade Clerk, George Nelson" for students studying Minnesota History in Bemidji, Blackduck and Kelliher schools and for community members in Bemidji and Kelliher.
Thirty-four Beltrami County 4-H members completed the 2013 Minnesota State Fair 4-H Livestock Encampment. There were nine exhibitors in the Beef Project: Anna Fogarty, Michael Fogarty, Chris Gilbertson, Tres Grundmeier, Kyla Langerak, Brian Mason, Sadie Radke, Renae Swanson and Hailee Todavich. Three youth exhibited Dairy Projects: Jacob Koch, Tori Koch and Kyle Underwood. In Goat Projects, the five exhibits included Valerie Davis, Mya Eichstadt, Josh Gilbertson, Haley Julin and Caitlin Pickett.
MOORHEAD – It may have taken 22 innings and over six hours, but with a little sacrifice Alexandria lives to play another day. Pat Leary drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning to help Alexandria defeat No.7-seeded Bemidji 6-5 at the Minnesota Division I, Sub-State 14 American Legion baseball tournament on Sunday at Matson Field and force a second championship game. “Basically, what I was thinking is ‘just hit it out of the infield,’” Leary said of his game-winning fly out. “We never really give up or put our heads down.
The Bemidji Pioneer and the Sanford Center bring you Bemidji's Biggest Indoor Garage Sale and Craft Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Sanford Center. Last year's event drew more than 3,300 shoppers. The arena is now officially filled with sellers, and more are being added to the concourse area as the week progresses. Call the Sanford Center at 218-441-4000 to reserve your space and turn unwanted items into cash.