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BLACKDUCK—Cindy Swedberg, a longtime Blackduck and Bemidji area community activist, died Friday, May 11, as a result of injuries she suffered in a May 2 car crash. Swedberg, 59, had lived in Blackduck the past 16 years where she was involved in a number of organizations. At the time of her death, she was in her first year as president of the Blackduck Chamber of Commerce. She was also active in local Relay for Life efforts for 15 years and also had become involved with the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's.
As someone who can't be easily defined herself, Hillary Kempenich doesn't like expectations about what her artwork should look like. Kempenich was raised in the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota. However, she has a heritage blended from various tribes. She acknowledges some traditional Native American elements, but doesn't want to be tied to a dated or romanticized portrayal of her people.
Lois Armstrong rehearses with the Bemidji Chorale on Wednesday. The Bemidji Chorale will present A Mother’s Day Concert titled “We, The People” at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Beaux Arts Ballroom. The free event will be followed with the traditional Mother’s Day Ice Cream Social.The program will include new and familiar American tunes from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
BEMIDJI -- Firefighters from the Bemidji Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division responded to a fire on Monday on Gull Lake Loop Road Northeast. The fire was located on private land just across the road from Castle Highlands Golf Course, approximately 13 miles northeast of the Bemidji Walmart off of Highway 71.
BEMIDJI—For three days, Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard brought his native Maori culture from New Zealand to the Minnesota Northwoods. Leonard taught a weaving course at Watermark Art Center from May 1-3. But while the act of weaving may have been the focus of the event, it incorporated much of Maori culture and concepts. In starting the class, he spoke of his family, his home, his heritage and the weaving that has come to define much of his career.
BEMIDJI—In addition to a cohort of three opening acts, country music superstar Brad Paisley will perform at the Sanford Center this week, marking one of the largest events ever to descend on the local venue. The show will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Performers Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell will join Paisley on what's been dubbed the "Weekend Warrior Tour." Tickets, which ranged from $64 up to $124, have been going fast and Sanford Center officials expect a full house of more than 4,600 people for the show.
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. Voyageurs Expeditionary School dedicated Friday to activities focused on subjects such as plastic pollution, zero-waste lunches, art projects and garden designs. During the annual event, normal classes are postponed to focus on the environmentally focused projects.
BEMIDJI—Since the pricetag to move the historic Carnegie Library came in higher than expected, the local committee has started to re-examine its options. The Save the Carnegie Steering Committee held two back-to-back public meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss possible solutions. The committee will reconvene in late April with the hope of bringing a plan to the Bemidji City Council in May. The City Council had given the Committee until June 1 to do so.
BEMIDJI—Parents, teachers and School Board members got to learn more about Rochelle Johnson, one of three finalists to be the next Bemidji Area Schools superintendent, on Tuesday during the first of three nights of meetings. Johnson, superintendent of Cass Lake-Bena School District, answered questions during an open forum in the district's downtown office. The forum was subsequently followed by a further interview with the School Board.
What: The Funtastic Dance Follies When: April 7 p.m., April 19-21; 2 p.m. April 21. Where: BSU's John Glas Fieldhouse Cost: Free ages 2 and younger and BSU and NTC students, $5 general youth admission, $10 general adult admission, $5 for alumni and senior citizens. BEMIDJI—The gym in BSU's John Glas Fieldhouse has seen a flurry of activity over the past few days—some of it coordinated, some of it sporadic—as dozens of dancers prepare for the 72nd annual Funtastic Dance Follies.