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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 -- 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 -- 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...
BEMIDJI -- Renata Mockridge earliest memories are of being in a restaurant. While growing up, Mockridge's mother owned the Nugget Truck Stop in Park Rapids, a gas station-convenience store-restaurant that was open 24 hours a day. "When I was 7-years-old, my mom went back to the apartment that was attached to the restaurant and got me. She said, 'We need help with dishes,'" Mockridge said. A few years later, Mockridge, now in fifth grade, had an opportunity to do more than the dishes.
BEMIDJI -- Smells of the traditional Thanksgiving meal took over Evangelical Free Church Thursday as both Charlotte “Chick” Rongstad and Judy Noreen sat down to enjoy a turkey dinner with...
BEMIDJI -- The only thing Katie LaDuc plans to leave behind when she moves from Bemidji is her impact. LaDuc, 23, is working for Northwoods Habitat for Humanity through Vista,...
BEMIDJI -- Ida Martinson and Ione McIntyre may be hosting what looks like a garage sale, but its much more than that. "I must admit that some of these things would be seen at a garage sale, but a lot of things are special," Martinson said. With a play on their first names, Martinson and McIntyre are holding "The I's Have It" sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Friday at 310 Fourth Street NW in downtown Bemidji, through Dec. 13. They will be closed Thanksgiving Day. The sale features several items Martinson gathered during several trips to China and different countries.
BEMIDJI -- Despite Wednesday’s snow and wind, a regional warming trend over the weekend will mean a slight respite from this week’s cold temperatures. The forecast from the National Weather...