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A red squirrel rests on a branch of a tree on Thursday in Lake Bemidji State Park. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)
BEMIDJI -- Angie Hawk beamed as she sat at a small table in the entryway of her home Wednesday morning. “I can’t believe it,” she said, speaking about the new garage outside her home. “I really can’t believe it.” Hawk has lived in her home on 23rd Street Northwest in Bemidji for the past three years. But for the 13 years prior to that, she went from couch to couch or stayed at the People’s Church. Now she has a 20-by-24 garage.
Minnesota State Parks and Trails celebrated 125 years with events along the Paul Bunyan State Trail, which is 115-miles long, the longest of Minnesota's state trails, and the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the entire country. Cyclists left Lake Bemidji State Park at 8 a.m. on the north end of the trail and at Crow Wing State Park at the south end and met in the middle in Hackensack.
BEMIDJI -- The 10th annual Run/Walk/Skate for Suicide Prevention on Saturday morning at the Sanford Center. Hundreds attended the event that is hosted by Evergreen Youth and Family Services.
The BSU choir rehearses "Sometimes I feel," arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, on Friday afternoon at First Lutheran Church. The choir, under the direction of Dwight Jilek, will perform two songs at the church's 9/11 service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and also the prelude to the 10:45 a.m. service.
BEMIDJI—What started as a backyard celebration for family and friends has now grown into the fourth annual Fozz Fest. The free family festival is set to begin 11 a.m. Saturday at 1967 Becida Road in Bemidji with the focus on local musicians, food vendors, a cornhole tournament, games, giveaways and more.
Caroline Larson, director of youth and families at First Lutheran Church, crochets plastic bags together to create a sleeping mat on Tuesday at the church. Larson volunteers with the "Bag...
BEMIDJI -- Terri Forseth, in her own words, is a Bemidji girl “through and through.” She grew up in Bemidji, went to Bemidji public schools, graduated from BSU and has...
BEMIDJI—The Sanford Bemidji Medical Center has been surrounded by scaffolding since mid-July after two storms caused major damage to its roof. The first storm lifted the center's rubber roof and knocked off some bricks from the top of the building. "Then the second storm blew the roof the rest of the way off and more bricks, so now we're fixing all that mess," said Brian Smith, construction manager at Sanford Bemidji, referring to the July 21 storm.
A gathering held Wednesday afternoon near the Chief Shaynowishkung statue on Bemidji Avenue North to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D. About 75 people, including a drum circle, were at the peaceful protest at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.