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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:
From left: Nancy Haugen, Louise Jackson, Kim Cummings and Eve Rongstad, members of the planning committee for Desserts by Design, meet in June at Lueken’s Village Foods. The ninth annual Desserts by Design is a gala evening, set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, with “decadent desserts and appetizers, beautiful tables, auctions and music” to benefit the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. The committee invites community members to join the gala by volunteering to design a table or bake desserts and appetizers for the event.
BEMIDJI -- Former House District 5A Rep. John Persell announced his run to win back the seat on Monday evening at a Beltrami County DFL fish fry at the Bemidji Eagles Club. “I need to get back involved,” Persell told the Pioneer. “There’s unfinished business, particularly with education at the K12 level and also in post-secondary.”
BEMIDJI -- A lightning strike caused the chimney on St. Philip’s Catholic School to explode during storm on Tuesday morning. Father Chuck Huck told the Pioneer he was in a meeting when he heard a “boom” at about 9:45 a.m. He heard about the chimney damage from a church member, he said. “A parishioner came into the building, knocked on my door and said ‘Father, Father the chimney exploded, I saw it happen,’” Huck said.
BLACKDUCK -- Another vacancy on the Blackduck City Council will be posted as Councilor Kris Stade turned in his resignation at Monday’s regular meeting. Stade’s current term on the council started in 2014 and would have been up in 2018. He filled in for another vacancy on the council in 2013. “So I’m down to three councilors, so I have a vacancy that’s going to be posted immediately,” said Christina Regas, city administrator.
The downtown Bemidji gateway arch was installed on Thursday afternoon over Third Street NW, across from the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. The project was a joint effort between the city of Bemidji and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance (BDA) with Kraus Anderson handlin
Brendan Warriner, left, adds some extra color to his cousin, Levi Eichstadt, during the third annual Color Blast 5K Fun Run/Walk on Tuesday at Lincoln Elementary School. Participants ran a new course this year that went down the Paul Bunyan Trail along Lake Bemidji. A bike rodeo was also held for children before the 5K.
Residents and those working in and around Blackduck will soon have more housing options come the end of the summer. A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted for Westridge Studio Apartments at a site west of Oscar Ave. on May 18 in Blackduck.