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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The Third Annual Winterfest on Lake Bemidji was held Friday-Saturday. Events on Saturday included the Bemidji Jaycees BRRRmidji Plunge, the Curling Bonspiel, the YPN Cornhole Tournament, Frozen Turkey Bowling and Pond Hockey.
By Elizabeth Mohr St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL -- A convicted rapist who has spent about 20 years behind prison bars or razor wire at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is to be released on provisional discharge next week and is moving to St. Paul.
BLACKDUCK—Last year, the community of Blackduck once again stepped up to the plate to help the Blackduck Baseball Boosters. And organizers hope people "jump" right back into the swing of things with the Frozen Fowl Polar Plunge. The plunge, where people raise money in order to jump into freezing water, is part of Winter Fun Fest on Feb. 20 on Blackduck Lake.
BEMIDJI -- The music still moves through her, she says, driving up from her toenails to the strands of her fiery red hair. It seems as if Wynonna Judd has been belting out songs for as long as we can remember. And after 37 years in the national music spotlight, she has no plans to stop anytime soon. “I think I am coming into something that you can only hope for at our age,” she said Friday from her tour bus in Florida.
BLACKDUCK -- In its third year, organizers of the Blackduck Stumpjumpers' Snowmobile Drag Races on Blackduck Lake are hoping to double their numbers. Last year, about 40 riders took part in the event, and organizers said they'd like to see 75 to 80 riders this time around. The races are set for Saturday, Feb. 20, coinciding with the Blackduck Winter Fun Fest. And though the races are on the lake, riders aren't racing on ice, rather hard packed snow groomed by the club.
BEMIDJI -- After about three weeks, several downtown artists are eager to get back to the drawing board. Make that the drawing arm … or neck ... or back ... or shoulder. Your Mom's Tattoo Atelier is set to reopen Wednesday after about three weeks of expanding and totally renovating its space at 110 Fourth St. NW in downtown Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- Beltrami County Commissioners continue to push for a future veterans home to be located in Bemidji.
BEMIDJI—At its first meeting of 2016, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners installed new officers for the coming year. Joe Vene, District 2 representative, was installed as chair of the commission, while Tim Sumner, District 4, was elected as vice chair. Earlier Tuesday in a work session for the board, commissioners heard from staff and discussed possible future policies and/or ordinances in regard to business signage on county-owned properties, as well as signs and other objects (such as fences or rock walls) on county right-of-way land.
BEMIDJI -- In what may be a record, the Bemidji City Council ushered in 2016 on Monday with a meeting that just edged 20:16 in time of duration. The main item on Monday’s agenda was approving the Bemidji Fire Department’s request to solicit bids for a new southeast fire station. The motion to approve passed unanimously. City Council member Roger Hellquist was absent.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji officials have changed the name of a street in the Industrial Park to avoid confusion for mapping technology and 911 emergency responses. Originally, the road between Pioneer Street Southeast and Mahnomen Drive was part of Industrial Park Drive Southeast, which then continues to the south and east. However, as Industrial Park Drive continued to expand officials ran into a numbering problem. Brett Case, Bemidji’s Geographic Information Systems coordinator, said the irregularity resulted in two 1300 blocks for Industrial Park Drive Southeast.