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BEMIDJI -- Jeana Taylor and Madison Tabaka, both third-graders, tightly clutched their stuffed animals as they entered the operating room at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
BEMIDJI -- When Amanda and Don MacKinnon decided to get married, they knew the odds were a bit against them. The couple met while they both were attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. But there was one major difference: Amanda was in the U.S. Army while Don was in the U.S. Navy. A military marriage comes with enough stress, but the different branches aspect can place extra burdens on a relationship. "The marriage thing is very common, it's a high-stress environment, throwing young people together often for the first time away from home," Don explained.
Corey Petterson, his two sons, Caleb and Tanner, along his with father, Dwayne, were dressed from head to toe in blaze orange early Saturday morning. At about 6 a.m. everyone...
BEMIDJI -- The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is on its way to Washington, D.C. It will be joined by more than 10,000 ornaments from the area, as well as 70 Minnesota companion trees. And 12 tree stands made by Billy Nelson, 16. Nelson made the stands for his Boy Scouts of America Eagle project. Nelson's troop leaders were approached by Mike Theune from the U.S.
BEMIDJI -- Tucked along the lakeside, next to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, rests the Tourist Information Center, a building where Carol Olson has worked since its completion in 1995. In fact, Olson, 57, has been working for the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce for 28 years.
BEMIDJI -- Jesse Whiting has been involved in the theater since high school; usually as an actor. But recently, he took on a different position, this time as director, something he's only done once before. Whiting is the director for the upcoming play ""Glengarry Glen Ross," a play written in 1983 by David Mamet, which will be shown at Jammers Ballroom the next two weekends. A few summers ago, Whiting had directed "The Importance of Being Earnest," with the Bemidji Community Theater.
BEMIDJI -- Kirk Karstens started to learn how to fence more than 35 years ago. "It was the first sport that I was ever really motivated, excelled and I thought I did fairly well and I stayed at it," Karstens said. Karstens started with a beginner's course taught by Bob Montebello at Bemidji State University, but continued to study advance fencing as an independent study. With Montebello acting as a sponsor, Karstens worked to create both a club and a competitive fencing team at the university.
BEMIDJI -- There should be something for everyone at this year's Studio Cruise. The seventh annual Studio Cruise arts tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cruise will feature 26 artists at 22 different studios in and around Bemidji as patrons embark on a drive-yourself tour. "We have artists who have been with us continuously for seven years. We have artists who had started with us, then stepped away for a year or two and have come back.
BEMIDJI -- When Kitura Main started volunteering at Headwaters Science Center, she knew she would have to get used to animals. Now, she's known for them. "The animals scared me a little bit. The snakes bothered me but I just knew, I had to get over it. I knew they couldn't hurt me but that doesn't really help your brain, you're still scared of them," Main said. After 18 years of practice, however, if you watched a Main presentation, you wouldn't have the slightest idea she was once afraid of the animals "Just like anything, with practice you get better.
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