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BEMIDJI -- There's more to Roy C. Booth than meets the eye. The 48-year-old Bemidji man not only owns Roy's Comics & Games downtown but he is also a professional writer who has written multiple literary works ranging from short stories to plays to full novels. Booth said from the early age of 6, he wanted to be a writer but had difficulty reading.
BEMIDJI -- Looking for a night out with the family? The Bemidji Boys and Girls Club has you covered. On Tuesday, the club will host the eighth annual Bemidji National Night Out celebration. The National Night Out event was first started 32 years ago by the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of national crime prevention programs.
BEMIDJI -- History was once again made at the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat festival. The Bemidji team HydraHeads was crowned champion on Saturday, the first back-to-back winners in the nine years of the festival. In the Gold Division Finals, the HydraHeads took on the Diggers, the Pine Tree Paddlers and the Wavemakers.
BEMIDJI -- It was a record breaking Friday night for the Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. More than 60 teams paraded through the Lake Bemidji waterfront to kick off the festivities for the start of the second annual Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup. This year's Sprint Cup featured seven teams competing for the lowest combined time in the 200 meter race. Due to the odd number of teams there were two heats of two races each for a combined number of four races. The first race began with a slow start with none of the first teams gaining an advantage. Then in the second race, records began to be broken.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji downtown store is closing its doors for the final time today. Kirby Harmon, owner of The Bike Guy Ski and Bike Shop, has been doing business in Bemidji for the last four years but has decided to close his business because of financial issues. Harmon said the main contributing factor to the shop closing has nothing to do with bikes, but rather the skis he sells. "Our problem was we had carried skis at a time when the ski industry went to an Internet-based sales model," Harmon said.
BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Fair was buzzing and ‘baaing’ with activity Thursday. From animal shows to the stables, every type of farm animal was on display. One of the more popular animal shows Thursday was when about 50 4-H children showedoff their goats.
BEMIDJI -- Summer is usually used as a break from school, but for one group this week, it's a time to learn a little bit more. A group of sixth- through ninth-graders are spending time at BSU as part of the Storm Chasers Summer Camp offered by the Headwaters Science Center. Susan Joy, director of the science center, said the camp is funded by a grant through the Minnesota Space Space Grant Consortium, which is a part of a NASA funding program Joy said the camp teaches students about many different scientific concepts such as barometric pressure, the water cycle and climate.
BEMIDJI -- The Marilyn Shutter Country Stage has been a staple of the Beltrami County Fair for the past seven years.
BEMIDJI — Funnel cakes, farm animals and fun will reign supreme this week. Starting Wednesday through Sunday, more than 27,000 people from across the country are expected to attend the 110th annual Beltrami County Fair.
BEMIDJI -- To some, no county fair is complete without a rodeo. The Gold Mine Ranch Rodeo will make its 15th appearance at the Beltrami County Fair on Friday and Saturday. The rodeo begins each night at 7 p.m. and features multiple rodeo events such as steer wrestling and barrel racing. Joe Waslaski, the event organizer, said the grandstands hold about 1,500 people and the event has sold out in previous years.