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Farming and raising livestock is a long tradition for the family of John and Shelly Gilbertson. They calved about 60 cows this year. Christopher, 16, rides his mare, Kit, in rodeos as a heeler in team roping. Joshua, 10, raises and show pigs and Chelsea shows her goats, Zuzu and Minnie. The Gilbertsons are members of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club and will show their specialty animals at the Beltrami County Fair, which will run Wednesday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 14. The 4-H members also will show cattle. "Each kid has a different breed," said John.
A panel of judges Thursday supported the July 15 ruling of Leech Lake Reservation Election Judge Heidi Drobnick to invalidate the June 28 special secretary-treasurer election. As a result, the Leech Lake Tribal Council will have to call a special election to fill the position. Donald "Mick" Finn won the election by six votes over Donald "Donnie" Headbird, who contested the results, citing irregularities. The panel of judges for the appeal of Drobnick's decision ruled that Finn had engaged in electioneering in violation of the election ordinance.
For Margaret and George Hale and Barbara and Charles Head, their rustic family cabin in Lavinia on the east side of Lake Bemidji was heaven on earth. The couples have died, but their children spent Wednesday morning sprinkling their ashes on areas of the lake that were dear to them. "It's a way they can always be here," said Sue Hale. Sue of South Haven, Mich., was visiting with her daughter, Hannah Hale, and cousins, Kathi Head of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Kathi's brother, Lefty Head of Portland, Ore. Hannah is the fifth generation to stay in the cabin her great-great-grandfather built on a 7
AmeriPride, a leading North American supplier of linen and uniform rental services, has consolidated the business' accounts receivable in Bemidji. The office opened Monday, July 25, and the sign went up on the building at 3900 Technology Drive N.W. about noon.
Beltrami County Commissioner Jim Heltzer died peacefully in hospice care shortly after noon Thursday, July 21, at Havenwood Care Center. His daughter Becky and her partner, Cady, were at his side, and his daughter Kathy and her partner, Tina, arrived soon after he died. He had lived with mantle cell lymphoma for more than a decade, but until about one month ago, he continued to represent District 3 at County Board meetings and contribute to the discussion of county business issues. His wife, Marilyn Heltzer, said a memorial service is planned for sometime in early August at a time and place
Leading the survivors' lap of the 2011 Beltrami County Relay For Life will be Todd Frauenholtz and his 5-year-old son, Ben. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Sanford Center. Father and son are both leukemia survivors, although their forms of the disease were unrelated. Todd and his wife, Kerry, also have a 3-year-old daughter, Greta. Ben will start kindergarten at St. Philip's School in September. Todd, 41, was diagnosed when he was 17. His symptoms included exhaustion.
Friday's ruling by Leech Lake Reservation Election Contest Judge Heidi Drobnick to invalidate the June 28 special secretary-treasurer election has been appealed by both the winning candidate and the Leech Lake General Reservation Election Board. Donald "Mick" Finn won the election by six votes over Donald "Donnie" Headbird, who contested the results, citing irregularities. Now attorney Leif Rasmussen, of the Edina firm of Steffens and Rasmussen, has appealed the ruling on behalf of the General Reservation Election Board.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners awarded a series of technology and infrasture awards during Tuesday's regular meeting. In the dedication to life and safety, the commissioners voted unanimously to upgrade the Beltrami County Jail electronic security systems on a $177,530 base bid From Stanley Security Solutions Inc. of Noblesville, Ind., for removing the old security controls except for cameras and video visitation stations and adding touch screens for jailers and a management computer system for the administrator to control door locks, utilities and lighting.
Bemidji's Ralph Gracie American Legion Post made history this year in a variety of ways. At 30, Commander Gabe Wakanabo is the youngest veteran to lead the Legion; he is also the first enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to serve as commander. In addition, when Stella Wakanabo was elected Legion Auxiliaty president, they are the first mother and son to take the top officers' positions. "There's been husband and wife, but never mother and son," Stella said. "I've been a member of the Auxiliary for many years, but I wasn't active.
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Election Judge Heidi Drobnick ruled invalid Friday the June 28 special election that gave Donald "Mick" Finn the secretary-treasurer's position. The vote was certified by the General Reservation Election Board at 1,104 or 50.14 percent for Finn and 1,098 or 49.86 percent for Donald "Donnie" Headbird. Headbird petitioned for a hearing and discovery, which was set for July 14 at the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Offices, on the election results. Judge Drobnick found that Headbird had proved violations, which change who was the winning candidate.