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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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.
BEMIDJI -- A small group of Bemidjians gathered Sunday night in downtown for a candlelight vigil in support of the victims of the Orlando massacre. Waving a rainbow flag, with a cardboard sign reading "We Are Orlando" at their feet, the handful of people stood at the intersection of Third Street and Bemidji Avenue near the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
BEMIDJI -- Julie and Tim Brandt consider themselves a pair of “lucky dogs.” Blessed with family, friends and a good community, when the couple decided to branch out into the restaurant business, they knew they had the perfect name. And the perfect food. “We are always saying to each other, ‘We are such lucky dogs,’” Julie said. “We’ve been pretty fortunate, so it fits the two of us pretty well.” And that’s how the hot dog shop Lucky Dogs on Wright’s Corner came to be. That and a lot of hard work.
BEMIDJI—The wait is over. The long-anticipated restaurant between the Sanford Center and Country Inn & Suites is finally here. JJ's Dockside Restaurant and Tavern plans to officially open sometime late next week. Originally scheduled to be a Cowboy Jack's restaurant (and originally anticipated to open nearly two years ago), the finishing touches are now being put on the 10,000-square-foot site on Lake Bemidji's South Shore.
Galway, Ireland, and Bemidji are separated by some 3,568 miles and that little body of water, the Atlantic Ocean. But they were connected Wednesday. All because of Karmen Clark, a sophomore at Bemidji State University. You see, Clark sent the Pioneer a Letter to the Editor thanking emergency personnel everywhere for what they do for our communities.
BEMIDJI — Buoyed by their success with the Iron Horse Bar and Grill in Nevis, Shawn Dudley decided to look north to Bemidji for a possible new restaurant/bar location. He didn’t have to look too far for the perfect spot. The former Cattails Bar and Grill at 6405 Bemidji Ave. N. Now, the longtime eatery is CK Dudley’s. Christian Knutson, along with Dudley, own the restaurant/bar, hence the name CK Dudley’s. Nate Avenson is the head chef and general manager.