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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...
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.
BEMIDJI—The lights were strung on the final tree Monday for Bemidji's First City of Lights Celebration. City of Bemidji workers have been busy for more than a month adding lights and decorations around town to prepare for the 20th annual event, which is planned to begin at 3 p.m. Friday in Paul Bunyan Park. Last week, workers were racing to have everything done before the weekend snowstorm hit, which Josh Peterson, Bemidji Jaycees First City of Lights chairman, said was a both a blessing and a curse because it also brought colder temperatures.
Mike McNiel, store director at Marketplace Foods, loads donations into the semitrailer for the annual Stuff A Truck campaign on Friday. The campaign, which is in its 25th year, gathers...
Bemidji High School students crammed into their gym this morning to send off athletes participating in state tournaments this week. BHS junior Abbie Kelm will make history as the first...
Eric Nordlum, a parks and recreation department employee for the city of Bemidji, strings lights in a tree on Monday near Paul Bunyan Park. Parks and recreation staff were on...
Waasebiik Belgarde, 7, works on the mouth of her pumpkin during the Watermark Art Center's pumpkin painting event on Friday. The center hosted the free event with supplies provided for...
Brothers Hunter Johnson, left, and Mason Johnson sit front row at the Bemidji Public Library's showing of Scooby-Doo episodes on Thursday afternoon.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji can't get enough Drunken Noodle. The traditional Thai dish has been a favorite on the menu at Tara Bemidji, a newly opened restaurant in downtown Bemidji that serves authentic Thai dishes and pairs them with craft beer. Owner Thamrong "Keng" Dechawuth said another favorite at Tara is the Pad Thai but Bemidjians have kept an open mind. "Surprisingly, in Bemidji, I think I sold everything on the menu," Dechawuth said while taking a break Wednesday afternoon.