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From left: Paul Bunyan Broadcasting employees Kev Jackson, Tom Lucas and Heidi Boyd broadcast during the Radiothon to End Child Abuse on Thursday at Lueken’s Village Foods North. The Radiothon Auction continues live until 11:30 a.m. Friday on KB101, KZY 95.5 and Z99. To make a pledge, call 444-1500.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Jaycees have also added the First City of Lights Tour of Homes to this year's Night We Light festivities. The Tour of Homes is something the Jaycees came up with after perusing social media and seeing Bemidjiians ask where they could see the best holiday lights. "People can actually drive a specific route that takes you around Bemidji to showcase Bemidji's most lit-up homes," said Josh Peterson, Bemidji Jaycees First City of Lights chairman.
BEMIDJI—The lights were strung on the final tree Monday for Bemidji's First City of Lights Celebration. City of Bemidji workers have been busy for more than a month adding lights and decorations around town to prepare for the 20th annual event, which is planned to begin at 3 p.m. Friday in Paul Bunyan Park. Last week, workers were racing to have everything done before the weekend snowstorm hit, which Josh Peterson, Bemidji Jaycees First City of Lights chairman, said was a both a blessing and a curse because it also brought colder temperatures.
Mike McNiel, store director at Marketplace Foods, loads donations into the semitrailer for the annual Stuff A Truck campaign on Friday. The campaign, which is in its 25th year, gathers food and monetary donations for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. The semitrailer will be also be parked outside of Marketplace Foods during store hours Saturday.
Bemidji High School students crammed into their gym this morning to send off athletes participating in state tournaments this week. BHS junior Abbie Kelm will make history as the first tennis player from Bemidji High School to qualify for the Class AA state singles tournament as Section 8A champion. She will face Aili Hietala of Duluth East in the round of 16 at 8 a.m. Thursday at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Eric Nordlum, a parks and recreation department employee for the city of Bemidji, strings lights in a tree on Monday near Paul Bunyan Park. Parks and recreation staff were on their third day of hanging lights on Monday and expect to be working on them until Thanksgiving. All of the lights will be officially lit during the annual Night We Light celebration on Nov. 25 following the annual Night We Light parade.
Waasebiik Belgarde, 7, works on the mouth of her pumpkin during the Watermark Art Center's pumpkin painting event on Friday. The center hosted the free event with supplies provided for children of all ages.
Brothers Hunter Johnson, left, and Mason Johnson sit front row at the Bemidji Public Library's showing of Scooby-Doo episodes on Thursday afternoon.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji can't get enough Drunken Noodle. The traditional Thai dish has been a favorite on the menu at Tara Bemidji, a newly opened restaurant in downtown Bemidji that serves authentic Thai dishes and pairs them with craft beer. Owner Thamrong "Keng" Dechawuth said another favorite at Tara is the Pad Thai but Bemidjians have kept an open mind. "Surprisingly, in Bemidji, I think I sold everything on the menu," Dechawuth said while taking a break Wednesday afternoon.
BEMIDJI -- More than 450 students from Northern Elementary School hold their apples high after they all took a bite at the same time on Thursday afternoon. The school was...