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BEMIDJI -- The MD5M Lions Convention will bring Lions from all over Minnesota, Manitoba and northwest Ontario to Bemidji this weekend. The Bemidji Lions Club, the First City Lions Club and the Lions Clubs of 5M10 are the hosts of the event, which runs today through Sunday at the Sanford Center. The last time a convention of this kind was in Bemidji for the Lions was in 1941, according to Bemidji Lion Wayne Tieman.
Melanie Howick Erickson, a student in creative and professional writing, treks to the BSU library in the rain on Tuesday morning. There’s a slight chance of rain also forecast for Wednesday evening; including the possibility of some snow into Thursday morning, but it should melt right away, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures will be in the 50s the rest of the week, the weather service said, with possibly more rain on Saturday. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)
BEMIDJI—The Watermark Art Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to commence the construction of its new center, located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. "Today marks the beginning of a new era for the arts in our nine-county region," Board President Lorie Yourd said. "The future holds many exciting opportunities including four major galleries hosting different exhibits simultaneously."
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Middle School’s assistant principal was charged with two felonies Friday after allegedly posing as a 13-year-old boy on social media in order to have sexual conversations with minors. Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 34, was arraigned Friday afternoon after being charged with two counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child.
The Blackduck Area History and Art Center just keeps growing. The center has been in its current location, 133 Main St., Suite B, since it opened in 2006, but the space and its collection has widened over the years. The most recent expansion is almost complete at the history and art center and will add more space for a veterans display, the Tin Pan gALLErY, a music section and more.
BEMIDJI—They laugh together. They celebrate together. They mourn together. They bowl together. Bemidji Bowl's senior league has been coming together for decades, way before the bowling alley moved to its somewhat-new location along Laurel Drive, adjacent to U.S. Highway 71. Some have been bowling in the league since Pat and Steve Vosika took over the bowling alley more than 25 years ago. "A lot of them were in the evening leagues and they've transitioned to this," Pat said. "This is a little more laid back."
Darline Fineday-Schultz swings at Diamond Point Park with her family on Monday afternoon while waiting for her mother to be done with class at BSU.
About 80 people attended a “thank you” dinner and gathering hosted by Bemidji Respect on Thursday night at St. Philip’s Catholic Church for community members and businesses who joined the group. Bemidji Respect formed in November to highlight Bemidji as an inclusive community after Mayor Rita Albrecht was contacted by residents who said their friends and family had experienced discriminatory harassment. So far, almost 150 businesses have joined along with 331 individuals.
BSU’s School of Technology, Art and Design and Department of Integrated Media hosted its first-ever Media, Art and Design (MAD) Day for high school students on Wednesday at BSU. MAD Day included workshops with demonstrations of laser etching, virtual reality technology, and introduction to video game design, designing a magazine and much more.
IF YOU GO: What: "Fight the Frost" Where: Sanford Center When: Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 Cost: Admission is $10 for children 6 years of age and older, $6 for children 5 years of age and younger, adults and children younger than 24 months are free. BEMIDJI — The "Fight the Frost" event will return to Bemidji this weekend at the Sanford Center.