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BEMIDJI—BSU Outdoor Program Center and Department of Campus Recreation hosted its first-ever "Beaver Freeze" Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday on Lake Bemidji. Event organizers said they were hoping to break even for the tournament; by early Saturday afternoon they were just about there. The tournament had 32 people of the approximately 75 participants pre-register for the event, which had a $25 entry fee, $20 for students and BSU alumni and $10 for children younger than 10. Anglers were competing for more than $1,000 in prizes.
BENA—Students at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School received an important message from Viktor the Viking on Wednesday. The official Minnesota Vikings mascot visited the school with his "Viktor's Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying" program. S.T.O.P. is an acronym for Stand up, Take action, Open up and Protect yourself. The program, led by a Minnesota Vikings cheerleader and Viktor, teaches students how to use S.T.O.P. with demonstrations and also about different types of bullying.
BEMIDJI—People of all ages and ability of play are welcome to join an open chess group that meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Sunday at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. "I noticed that there wasn't much for chess clubs or chess programs or anything like that in the area so I decided to take it upon myself to go ahead and create one, where people could come together and have the opportunity of playing chess in a very relaxed environment," Caleb Erickson said.
BEMIDJI -- About 40 people chose to start their 2017 outdoors at Lake Bemidji State Park on Sunday. The group slipped their boots into snowshoes and trekked along Rocky Point Trail as part of the “First Day Snowshoe,” hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The opening ceremony for the annual Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament was hosted at the Sanford Center on Friday morning. Sixteen teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota will take part in the peewee A/AA level tournament that was first held in 1988. Games began Friday and will continue today, taking place at the Bemidji Community Arena, Nymore Arena and Neilson Reise Arena.
A pileated woodpecker perches on the side of a tree along Lake Boulevard Northeast in Bemidji earlier this week.
Tomah Hurtig, 9, from Cass Lake, hits a jump at the bottom of the sledding hill next to the Carnegie Library on Tuesday afternoon.
Veterans and members of the Northland Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol in Bemidji placed wreaths during the Wreaths Across America event on Friday at the Greenwood Cemetery. Following the ceremony, cadets placed wreaths on specific graves for veterans. The event was orginally scheduled for Dec. 17 but was postponed because of weather.
The sun sets behind the growing cluster of ice houses on Lake Bemidji on Thursday.
BEMIDJI—After a successful Thanksgiving, the committee who organizes community holiday meals in Bemidji is now gearing up for Christmas Day. Patrick Plemel, who co-chairs the committee with his wife, Marci Plemel, expects about 650 people to attend the meal set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 1555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, in Bemidji.