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Kaylee Gudmundson, 7, works on an elf on Tuesday at Santa's Workshop hosted by the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department at the Public Works Facility.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Woodcarvers Club recently shaved some years off its average membership age. Since spring, the club has added some new members between the ages of 10 to 14 to its weekly gathering held Wednesdays in the basement of the Senior Activity Center. “It’s kind of a dying art, and we’re trying to get young people involved as time goes on,” said Les Sanders, who works closely with one of the young carvers.
BEMIDJI—About 15 people spent their Wednesday morning preparing roughly 3,000 meatballs at Calvary Lutheran Church. The meatballs will be paired with lutefisk, gravy, potatoes, rutabagas, coleslaw, cranberries, lefse and more for the church's annual supper this evening. Among those 15 people were the father-son duo David and Mark Stephens, who helped with the meatballs. David has been attending church at Calvary Lutheran for about 77 years. He remembers when they had to limit the dinner to about 200 people.
BEMIDJI -- Workers from the IBEW No. 294 International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers put up holiday decorations along Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast on Friday morning. One lane of the road was shut down for a portion of the morning until about 1 p.m. for the 64 illuminated decorations to be hung.
BEMIDJI -- Tommy Ness and his mother Stacy Ness take off from the start of the Boo Dash 5K Fun Trail Run on Saturday morning in Bemidji. About 30 runners participated in the event held on the Montebello Ski Trail at Bemidji City Park.
Jordan Thayer, top, from TC Lighting Supplies & Recycling, and Dean Kuduk string lights in a tree along 5th Street Northwest on Wednesday in downtown Bemidji. In the downtown area, 110 trees will have holiday lights on them and crews got started in that area on Monday. A total of 165,000 lights be lit in the Bemidji area, including downtown, Paul Bunyan Park and the Library Park hillside for the Night We Light parade and ceremony on Nov. 24.
BEMIDJI -- The fifth annual Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, a two-day event that includes runs ranging from fun runs for children to a 26.2 mile marathon for top competitors, finished up on Saturday with more than 1,200 people participating in various events over the two days. MARATHON Top 10 Men’s Finishers
Blue Ox Marathon weekend is underway in Bemidji and kicked off with the 1/2K Kids Fun Run on Friday near the Sanford Center. A 1K Kids Fun Run was also held along with the 5K and 10K races on Friday evening. Events continue at 9 a.m. today with the Bemidji Blue Ox Full Marathon, the 26K Lake Loop and the Half-Marathon.
A jogger runs north on the Paul Bunyan State Trail near Library Park at sunrise Wednesday morning.
Mynaya Variance, a kindergartener at J.W. Smith Elementary, leans back and pulls in a tug-of-war game for the seventh annual Relay Recess on Friday at the school. Students from J.W. Smith Elementary and Central Elementary School participated in the event, which ended a week of fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Staff and students wore purple to honor former J.W. Smith student Abe Fagerstrom, who died after a battle with Leukemia six years ago. Other activities included a dunk tank, water relay, and hula-hoop race and more