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BEMIDJI -- RaeLynn Hastings recently completed a goal she has had for more than 20 years: Donate a kidney. "Most of us have two kidneys, so why not give one of them away?," she said of her decision to donate a kidney to someone in need. Hastings, a kidney dialysis nurse at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, has been working in the field for 28 years. She started working with kidney patients soon after graduating nursing school. Hasting saw an advertisement in her hometown newspaper in International Falls.
BEMIDJI -- Lisa Wallin always enjoyed working with children. So, when she was looking for a new job, that was a priority. "I saw an ad looking for someone that works well with teens and has a good driving record, I thought...what a perfect fit.
BEMIDJI -- Skiing is something Mark Coulter didn't learn to do until he was an adult. But once he started, it was something he couldn't stop doing. Until now. "It wasn't a matter of being hurt," he said, pointing to his foot, "see how this one (foot) is cranked to the right, what happens is you can't control the ski." After visiting a doctor, Coulter discovered he had developed a deformity in his right foot, which led to him not being able to control his right ski. Coulter, 66, began skiing in 1978 at Turtle Mountain Recreation Area in North Dakota, because of his involvement with the loc
BEMIDJI -- Approximately 45 years ago, Don Knudson was living in St. Paul. He described the neighborhood as "posh," but it was going downhill quickly. Most of the homes in the area were rooming houses that were being torn down. "Before they would tear them down, I would go in and get all these pieces," Knudson, 82, explained.
BEMIDJI -- Tears rolled down Kathy Fischer’s face as she watched a superhero read to her grandson, Kody, 6, and the rest of the his first-grade classroom Monday morning at...
A highlight of Winterfest on Lake Bemidji is the annual Bemidji Jaycees' Brrrmidji Plunge.
BEMIDJI -- Inside Glazed and Amused, there is a wall and those who stand before it have a tough choice to make, "What do you want to paint today?" Choices include anything and everything from ceramic coffee cups, to plates to cookie jars or toothbrush holders. Linda Johnson had already made her selection, a butter dish. "It's for myself, mine got broken," she explained. Johnson was surrounded by a group of about 10 adults, all preparing to make their own creations, at Coffee and Paint, a monthly program for adults to enjoy a cup of coffee while painting at Glazed and Amused in downtown Bem
BEMIDJI -- Josie Becker, 2, enjoyed Winterfest on Lake Bemidji from the comfort of her inner tube. “She’s 2 years old and there’s no snow yet,” Maggie Becker, Josie’s mother,...
BEMIDJI -- Each time Dave and Kim Smith have moved, the Boy Scouts of America have been there to say goodbye -- but also to welcome them to their new...
BEMIDJI -- Tom Charboneau has always been comfortable around animals, from cats to dogs to horses. “It’s something I have always done well, it seems like my personality gets along...