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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.
Chase Schmitt floods the rink at Bemidji City Park on Monday afternoon in Bemidji. The outdoor rinks, at City Park and in Nymore, will officially open on Wednesday. Rinks and warming houses will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and school vacation days. On Monday through Friday, they will be open from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Concessions will also be available at City Park during warming house hours.
BEMIDJI—Paper-thin sheets of ice formed along the shores of Lake Bemidji on Friday afternoon as the temperature dropped to 24 degrees. Still, geese fed off the lake bottom and a beaver splashed in shallow water along the west side of the big lake, which typically freezes over by the end of the first week of December. But not this year. Like last winter, when Lake Bemidji froze over completely on Dec. 19, this year looks to be a later-than-average time for ice-in, according to Lake Bemidji State Park Naturalist John Fylpaa.
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.