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BEMIDJI—LeRoy Hill rarely misses an event or a project put on by local Lions Clubs. The 92-year-old retired optometrist has been an active member in the club since he joined in 1954, and was recently honored for his service. At the Multiple District 5M Convention hosted in late April in Bemidji, Hill was given the Hall of Fame Award for Multiple District 5M, which includes all of northwest Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota.
Ehren Inkel, left, and Brittany Inkel of Bemidji take off Saturday on a motorcycle journey that will eventually bring them to the southern tip of Argentina. The pair is going in search of new experiences and is traveling under the name “Follow the Elefant,” which is named after the type of motorcycles they ride.
Alex Richgels, center, sits along Lake Bemidji with his grandmother Sharon Richgels and father Erik Richgels to enjoy the sunshine on Friday afternoon near Paul Bunyan Park in Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- The MD5M Lions Convention will bring Lions from all over Minnesota, Manitoba and northwest Ontario to Bemidji this weekend. The Bemidji Lions Club, the First City Lions Club and the Lions Clubs of 5M10 are the hosts of the event, which runs today through Sunday at the Sanford Center. The last time a convention of this kind was in Bemidji for the Lions was in 1941, according to Bemidji Lion Wayne Tieman.
Melanie Howick Erickson, a student in creative and professional writing, treks to the BSU library in the rain on Tuesday morning. There’s a slight chance of rain also forecast for Wednesday evening; including the possibility of some snow into Thursday morning, but it should melt right away, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures will be in the 50s the rest of the week, the weather service said, with possibly more rain on Saturday. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)
BEMIDJI—The Watermark Art Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to commence the construction of its new center, located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. "Today marks the beginning of a new era for the arts in our nine-county region," Board President Lorie Yourd said. "The future holds many exciting opportunities including four major galleries hosting different exhibits simultaneously."
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Middle School’s assistant principal was charged with two felonies Friday after allegedly posing as a 13-year-old boy on social media in order to have sexual conversations with minors. Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 34, was arraigned Friday afternoon after being charged with two counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child.
The Blackduck Area History and Art Center just keeps growing. The center has been in its current location, 133 Main St., Suite B, since it opened in 2006, but the space and its collection has widened over the years. The most recent expansion is almost complete at the history and art center and will add more space for a veterans display, the Tin Pan gALLErY, a music section and more.
BEMIDJI—They laugh together. They celebrate together. They mourn together. They bowl together. Bemidji Bowl's senior league has been coming together for decades, way before the bowling alley moved to its somewhat-new location along Laurel Drive, adjacent to U.S. Highway 71. Some have been bowling in the league since Pat and Steve Vosika took over the bowling alley more than 25 years ago. "A lot of them were in the evening leagues and they've transitioned to this," Pat said. "This is a little more laid back."
Darline Fineday-Schultz swings at Diamond Point Park with her family on Monday afternoon while waiting for her mother to be done with class at BSU.