Matt Cory is the Editor of the Pioneer. Cory grew up in East Grand Forks and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. He worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor at the Grand Forks Herald from 1993 to 2013, when he joined the Pioneer as Editor.
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OFF SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. -- I am not a fisherman. So what the heck was I doing on a 30-foot fishing boat 30 miles from the California coast, strapped into a harness, clipped to a large rod-n-reel setup with a 500-pound Mako shark on the end of the line? Having the time of my life!
"20 years ago this week, my life changed forever." I presume that's a sentiment shared by many this week as the region remembers the great flood of 1997 that inundated Grand Forks-East Grand Forks and towns up and down the Red River of the North.
It really was the Drenched Dash at this year's Backwoods Bash in Blackduck on Saturday. For more photos, see next week's The American.
First off, this is not a column about politics or politicians or policies. It is not an endorsement of any one candidate or party. This column is about history. This column is about Tristen.
BEMIDJI -- Because of the rainy and stormy weather outlook for this afternoon and evening, the Movie Night at City Park sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Department will be postponed to August. More information will be available next week regarding the new date and time, officials said. For more information, call (218) 333-1857.
Once again, this special section is about you. Each year, the staff here at the Bemidji Pioneer produce a special section typically titled Annual Report. In past years, this theme generally centered around stories about local businesses or certain industries. However, several years ago, we decided to upset the apple cart a bit and theme the summer section more about people than business or industry. This switch has been been well received by both readers and advertisers.
It’s the best day of the week, Hailey Hinners will tell you. Working multiple jobs and studying to hopefully one day become a nurse, Hinners has found her ultimate, calming place. A nursery (with sometimes fussy babies) at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. Hinners is a volunteer Baby Cuddler. “I mean, who doesn’t want to rock babies,” she says, gently swaying back and forth with a sleeping newborn in her arms.
Kari Knudson oversees a staff that in itself would rank as one of the largest companies in Bemidji. But it’s not a business or company and Knudson doesn’t pay her staff. Knudson is the manager of volunteer services for Sanford Health in Bemidji.
On most nights, Courtney Peterson is just your average BSU student. Busy with school work, studying, hanging out with friends. Typical. But on other nights, though, she is not a typical BSU student. On those nights, she may have to be called away from home, at any hour of the night or early next morning. To help a sexual assault victim.
The staff at Support Within Reach in Bemidji wishes they didn’t have to use volunteers. Unfortunately, they do.