BEMIDJI — Generally, teams participating in curling bonspiels win cash and take home souvenir patches or shirts. But the winners of the Winterfest on Lake Bemidji Bonspiel will be immortalized on a trophy like no other in the world. In November, Terry Matson of the Bemidji Junior Curling Club, which organized the Winterfest Bonspiel, came up with the idea of offering competitors a one-of-a-kind trophy.
BEMIDJI — Organizers are reaching into the past for this year’s first-ever Winterfest on Lake Bemidji on Friday and Saturday. The Bemidji Curling Club and Junior Curling Committee will bring back the Winterfest Bonspiel to its original local venue — Lake Bemidji. The last time a curling bonspiel was held on Lake Bemidji ice was 1932. “We’ve been scouring events, other places that do this,” said Terry Matson, Bemidji Junior Curling Committee director, of outdoor curling. “I know our icemaker, Josh Bahr, is nervous.” “A little,” Bahr said.
BEMIDJI — Winterfest on Lake Bemidji is out to reinvent the community’s traditional winter festival. “The idea kind of from the success of the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, which has really grown,” said Denise Anderson, Bemidji Chamber of Commerce events coordinator. “We were looking to give Polar Daze a new look. Kind of liven it up a bit more and get the community involved a little bit more.” “I guess we wanted to go back to the idea of a Bemidji Winter Carnival,” said Lori Paris, Chamber president. “The weather is here. We might as well enjoy it.
Pictures from the Powwow in Ponemah on Sunday.
Taylor Fankhanel started her 4-H poultry exhibition career with quail and chukker. Those interests led her to a championship at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair showing her Bantam Buff Orpington chickens. "I insisted I wanted chickens the color of my hair," Fankhanel said. Her red cockerel and pullets earned her one championship. She also championed in poultry showmanship and for her scientific poster presentation on epigenetics, the study of how genes can be variously expressed in an individual without changing the basic DNA makeup.
PONEMAH -- In May, descendants of Goodezhiin, a notable Red Lake man born in 1845, gathered at the Seven Clans Event Center in Red Lake to renew their connections. On Sunday, they will come together again during the Ponemah Labor Day Powwow to celebrate Goodezhiin Spiritual Day and welcome visitors who would like to join in the day of honor.
WALKER — The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe operated at $3.6 million under budget this year. But those savings in no way interfered with infrastructure improvements and program enhancements, said Leech Lake Chairwoman Carri Jones in her 2013 State of the Band address Thursday morning at the Northern Lights Event Center in Walker. Her presentation was the first Leech Lake State of the Band report in five years. "It's a pleasure to work with each of you," Jones said in her introduction to the list of accomplishments she urged band members to celebrate.
BEMIDJI -- As Cathy Lehto toured the North Country last month during the motorcycle Ride to Prevent Suicide, an idea came to her for a new fundraiser. A Habitat for Humanity ReStore volunteer, Lehto is collaborating with Mark Peterson of the North Star ABATE to launch a "Ride for Habitat." "I thought, you know what; let's combine the two," she said.
BEMIDJI — Decades of collaborative research will give descendants of Chief Ogimaabinenz and Chief Goodezhiin of Ponemah a chance to celebrate their connections through the fourth-eighth generations. They will gather at 1 p.m. today at the Seven Clans Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Red Lake to share information about the extended family. They also are inviting others outside the family to join them for lunch and a social. Descendants are encouraged to bring pictures and fill in forms with their personal family trees.
BLACKDUCK — Since the beginning of the year, Blackduck folks have had to travel out of town to see a movie. Owner Bob Moore — who also owns 18 screens in the Fosston Theatre, the Grand Theatre in Crookston and the River Cinema in East Grand Forks — closed the Blackduck business because of the cost of hiring employees and upgrading projection equipment with digital. But with the sale of the Blackduck Theater to Bob and Heidi Mabe of Bemidji, movies will roll again soon.