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Evan Caul, from the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club, carries the head of the dragon during the Parade of Teams on Friday at the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Bemidji waterfront. The food court will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Dragon’s Den will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight with A-List DJ and the Lip Sync Battle from 6 to 10 p.m.
BLACKDUCK -- Liz Krabbenhoft, Lori Lundberg and Linda Levy make up Lilly Pad Properties, which has broke ground on a new fourplex housing development in the city of Blackduck. The three L’s in Lilly come from the first initial of each of their names: Liz, Lori and Linda. The trio came together to help out with the housing shortage in Blackduck.
Bruce Hemstad, assistant fire chief for the Bemidji Fire Department, helps Yoyo Uz, 9, try on some gear during the 11th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday evening in the J.W. Elementary School field. The event is hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, the Bemidji Police Department and Target with the purpose of bringing community and law enforcement together to build positive relationships.
Sanford Bemidji AirMed celebrated five years of expanding critical care air transport in northern Minnesota with an ice cream social and also treated reporters to a ride in their helicopter. Counting Monday’s trip, Sanford Bemidji AirMed has taken flight 1,738 times.
BEMIDJI -- The last thing Eleanor Swanson remembered was the pain. When she woke up, she was in an intensive care unit in Duluth with no idea how she’d made it there after her colon ruptured. Swanson’s flight in March was on one of about 400 Sanford AirMed flights per year that take off from Bemidji. On Monday she came to thank the flight crew.
Charmin Michelle with Sam Miltich and Clearwater Hot Club hit the stage for Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront on Wednesday evening. Concerts are on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the waterfront. Next up will be The Bad Companions on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
BEMIDJI -- “The Apocalypse Summer Tour” rocked the Sanford Center Wednesday night. The show was headlined by metal icons Slayer and also featured Lamb of God and Behemoth. Slayer kicked off the Repentless World Tour in Bemidji. Following that they will head to rock festivals in Wisconsin and then to Chicago on Sunday.
Lincoln Headbird, 3, paints a stepping “stone” that will be included in a garden at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts during a planting event Monday at the school. The Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts hosted the event to teach attendees about native plants beneficial to birds and pollinators in Bemidji’s downtown urban landscape.
Brooklyn Baumgartner, right, goes for a cruise on a paddleboard along with about 10 others during a course put on by the city of Bemidji on Thursday at Diamond Point Park. Another paddleboarding basics course is set for 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Diamond Point Park, 1700 Birchmont Drive NE.
On Saturday, the 73rd annual Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival kicked off with the Kids Run at Paul Bunyan Park followed by the Kiddie Parade down Lake Boulevard. Other events throughout the day were the Big Dig and the Bald Eagle Water Ski Show. Food vendors, Merriam’s Midway and the entertainment tent were also open. The carnival continues today and runs through the fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4. Here’s a look at the complete schedule: