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BEMIDJI -- More than 1,200 entries came in to the name-the-team contest for Bemidji's new Indoor Football League franchise. That's a record for an IFL name contest, said Chris Kokalis, president and co-owner of the new Bemidji Axemen. "Axemen" had the most entries, a total of about 20, but that wasn't the sole reason the name was chosen. "It was a tough decision," he said. So, what names didn't make the cut? Before unveiling the Axemen name and colors, Kokalis listed off some nicknames that didn't pass the sniff test, some for obvious reasons.
BEMIDJI -- Referencing the old "it takes a village" adage, Mayor Rita Albrecht quipped Wednesday that "it takes a village to raise up a hotel." Albrecht was speaking at groundbreaking ceremonies for a Country Inn & Suites, which will be connected to the Sanford Center on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. After more than 18 months of negotiations and a final land sale, construction on the 121-unit hotel, which will also feature a Cowboy Jacks restaurant, started last week.
BEMIDJI -- Two severe thunderstorms moved through the region Thursday, prompting warnings and at least one tornado sighting farther east. The Bemidji area saw two downpours Thursday, one at about 9 a.m. and the other at about 4 p.m. Rainfall totals for the Bemidji area early Thursday were at 0.15 inches, but was expected to increase to about 0.25 inches after the afternoon deluge.
RED LAKE -- Shoni and Jude Schimmel, who led the Louisville Cardinals to runners-up in the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, will visit Red Lake on Sept. 21, officials announced Thursday. The sisters are from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, and their consistent, exciting play, which they describe as "rez ball," won over many fans across the country last year. The Cardinals made an impressive run in the tournament before losing to the University of Connecticut in the championship game.
BEMIDJI -- A 75 lb. gray wolf wildlife experts suspect bit a 16-year-old Solway boy Saturday at Lake Winnibigoshish campground has tested negative for rabies, the Minnesota Department of Natural...
BEMIDJI — A local group wants Bemidji to put the pedal to the metal. A bike pedal. Last summer, Bemidji received a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community ranking by the League...
BEMIDJI — Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday appointed Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht to the new Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. The commission was formed and funded through the...
BEMIDJI — The week before school starts usually slows down for Pat and Larry Mills at the Putt-N-Go. Not this week. With temperatures hovering in the high 80s and low...
It will be a year to the day for Dave Wilander. Saturday marks a year since the death of his wife, Bonnie, and Wilander wants to honor her memory by honoring those who were there with he and Bonnie near the end. Wilander and others have organized the Benefit for Sanford Bemidji Hospice, which will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Becida Bar and Grill. The group wants to showcase hospice volunteers who give of their time to help families dealing with terminal illness and end-of-life issues.