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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
Josh Turner opened his show at the Sanford Center with his album title track “Deep South” on Thursday evening. The country singer heads to Rapid City, S.D. for another show tonight and Minot, N.D. after that.
BEMIDJI -- A peace pole dedication was held Friday, Sept. 22, at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. The new peace pole was planted on the corner of Pioneer Street SE and Exchange Avenue SE. The dedication ceremony included performances by flutist Jon Romer and guitarist Mike Tangen, speakers and refreshments. The pole features the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in Arabic, American Sign Language, English and Anishinaabe.
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BEMIDJI -- A bull moose was spotted in Lake Bemidji on Saturday morning. At about 9 a.m. the moose was standing in the east side of the lake near Library Park. Police were present along with many Bemidjiians hoping to snap a photo of the rare sight. The moose moved south and then was guided north toward Diamond Point by a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office watercraft.
BEMIDJI -- The weather was perfect Thursday as hundreds came out to BSU for the 12th annual Community Appreciation Day on campus.
A crowd watches the 5-on-5 basketball tournament at Red Lake's annual Motherland Block Party on Saturday. The event, hosted by Thomas X and Baby Shel, featured basketball tournaments, skateboard competitions, a hip hop show, scavenger hunt, drawings and more.
TURTLE RIVER -- Umbrellas dotted the roadsides of U.S. Highway 71 on Saturday in Turtle River as spectators watched a shorter-than-usual parade. Rain and a light drizzle for most of the day cramped some aspects of the 13th Annual Turtle River Day, but for those who did show up, it was a good time.