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BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State University baseball diamond was the most visible sign that Monday's severe thunderstorm did some significant damage. Winds blew much of the outfield fence down - from center field to right field. The storm also claimed the hitting tunnel and the batting cage down the right-field line, lifting up the cage and throwing it a couple hundred feet onto the softball field. Luckily for Bemidji State head baseball coach Tim Bellew, the damage to the actual playing field was minimal. "That was about it," he said.
BEMIDJI - Andrew Walsh might have been a relative unknown before last season, but now the Bemidji State goaltender is getting recognition at the highest level. The sophomore from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, was invited to skate with his hometown Vancouver Canucks at their NHL Prospect Development Camp this weekend. Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said he's glad Walsh is getting this opportunity. "It's always exciting when the guys get to skate with pro teams," he said.
GRAND FORKS - The Bemidji Legion Post 14 baseball split a doubleheader with the Grand Forks Royals Friday, taking game one 7-5 before being shut out by the Royals 7-0 in game two. "Basically, we had a very good first game and a not so good second game," Bemidji head coach Mike Fogelson said. "They have a pretty good team, too, though, so I think we're pretty even." In game one, Bemidji, which improves to 7-3 on the summer, banged out seven runs on 12 hits, highlighted by Connor McNallan's 3-for-3, three RBI game.
BEMIDJI - The Headwaters Builders Association hasn't had a formal meeting in months. But don't consider that a cause for alarm. "We haven't had a meeting in a month or two, but that's just because we've all been very busy recently," said Jon Jorgenson, president of the Headwaters Builders Association and co-owner of J&B Quality Construction. "I haven't talked to everybody about it but only a handful of them said that things aren't going well.
BEMIDJI - For Jon Jorgenson, the work is always different. He wouldn't have it any other way. Jorgenson, co-owner of J&B Quality Construction in Bemidji, is a general contractor who has been working in the construction field since high school. He couldn't imagine doing anything else. Or doing anything exactly the same way twice. "I can't think of anything better," Jorgenson said. "Even the guys (who work for me), they'll be doing a project that's not much fun, but you're always on to another project.
BEMIDJI - Justin Falk and Chad Rau might not be the most recognizable members of the Minnesota Wild, but that didn't seem to matter to the hundreds that gathered at Marketplace Foods Tuesday.
BEMIDJI - Former Bemidji State University women's hockey coach Bruce Olson died Tuesday morning in Rochester where he had been receiving treatment for cancer. He was 55. "It's a sad day, not only for Bemidji State hockey, but for Minnesota hockey in general," Bemidji State athletic director Rick Goeb said. "He was too young to go home already.
ST. CLOUD - Bemidji Post 14 improved to 3-0 on the season Friday with a pair of wins at the St. Cloud Tournament. Bemidji edged St. Cloud Chutes 2-1 in the first game and beat the St.
ST. CLOUD - Bemidji's American Legion Post 14 baseball opener started a little later in the month than usual, and with good reason: Almost all of the players on the team went to the MSHSL state tournament this past weekend. And it took Bemidji little time to get back into a familiar groove: Winning. By a lot of runs. It only took Post 14 five innings to defeat Willmar Post 167 Thursday night in the opening game of the St. Cloud Tournament, topping Post 167 11-1. Bemidji continues tournament play today with a noon game against hosts St. Cloud and a 5 p.m.
BEMIDJI - Bemidji State has narrowed the field of candidates for the head men's basketball coaching position to four, and athletic director Rick Goeb hopes to make a hire as soon as possible. "We've got a great mix," Goeb said. "There's a very strong pool of applicants, and you can see that, I think.