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BEMIDJI -- Love and Theft's "Night That You'll Never Forget" tour is making its way to Bemidji. The tour is one of several that the duo has participated in, but it is the first tour they have given a name too. "We have a song, that we put out last year called 'Night That You'll Never Forget,' which is also my favorite video we made," said Stephen Barker Liles, half of Love and Theft, in a phone interview with the Pioneer.
By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans need to act as one, not allowing long-standing divisions come in the way of progress, Gov. Mark Dayton said this...
BEMIDJI -- Janet Brademan is preparing to do something she tried to do 13 years ago: retire. Brademan, now 70, was preparing to retire from the business she owned -- Software Solutions, a computer training and consulting company. Her husband, Jerry, has retired six months before and she was looking forward to it. "I just saw how much he was enjoying it and I thought, 'Oh, I'll retire and we'll just go off into the sunset like Dale Evans and Roy Rogers,'" she said. Bit that isn't what happened. Brademan continued to come to downtown Bemidji every morning just like before.
BEMIDJI -- Three years ago, Kahse Atkinson had a dream that recently came true. "I dreamed I was studying a map and my heart was for that country. At the end of the dream, the view zoomed out and I saw the words South Korea," she said. Atkinson, 32, recently returned home from a two-monthslong trip to South Korea, where she volunteered as an English teacher at the School of Youth Ministries. Growing up, Atkinson often traveled.
BEMIDJI -- Andrea Ohnstad, born and raised in Bemidji, had big plans when she left the area for college. "My intentions when I went to college were like 'I would like a corporate, jet-setting job,'" she said. And that's exactly what she did, graduating with a degree in business administration from North Dakota State University in Fargo and landing her first job at Accenture. "They are a worldwide consulting firm, and they do they do process and technology consulting for the top 100 business in the United States and globally.
BEMIDJI -- Troy Foss has been thinking Christmas for the past eight months. Foss, owner of Supple Studio, recently released "Christmas in Bemidji," a CD featuring 12 tracks by local artists. The idea for this project was based on the concept of the Cities 97 Sampler, available each year during the Christmas season in the Twin Cities. "I thought how cool would be it if we could do a local one for our area because there are so many talented musicians in the area," Foss said. Foss began working on the project in May, writing a grant proposal with Janet Brademan, executive director of the Hea
BEMIDJI -- The Lady Slipper Scenic Byway stretches 28 miles along County Road 10 and 39 between Blackduck and Cass Lake. At either end of the byway are Shirley Gilmore, of Blackduck, and Nancy Salmenin, of Cass Lake. "We are like the bookends," Gilmore said. Both Gilmore and Salmenin serve on the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway Board, a group of about nine who have worked to rescue and return the lady slippers, Minnesota's state flower, alongside the byway during a large road construction project the past few years. Gilmore first interaction with the lady slippers took place in 1989; she and fri
BEMIDJI -- In high school, Jessica Gage knew she wanted to be a police officer some day. "I had a ride-along with a police officer from (the) Forest Lake Police Department and that ride-along sparked my interest in law enforcement," she said. That dream now is a reality. Gage was sworn-in as a police officer for the city of Bemidji on Oct. 27. Gage attended BSU, majoring in criminal justice, and graduated in 2009. Post-graduation, her first jobs in the law-enforcement field were at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Sandstone, Minn., and the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.
BEMIDJI -- The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area is often filled with children enjoying an after school snack, reading books or playing a game of tag. But...