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More than 400 motorcycle drivers and their passengers toured the Ride for the Troops in 2010, and organizers expect a similar, if not bigger, response for the sixth annual event Sunday. "We've gotten so big now people are planning around us," said Mark Peterson. Registration and breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at MarketPlace Food parking lot. The cost is $25 per motorcycle plus $10 for each passenger. Breakfast and the Hawg Lunch of pork barbecue and fixings, served at 3 p.m., are included in the registration fee.
In 1950, the American Cancer Society began the study that definitively linked cigarette smoking with lung cancer. Now, the American Cancer Society has embarked on another long-term study designed to follow healthy people who have never been diagnosed with cancer throughout the next 20-30 years. Bemidji is one of four Minnesota cities chosen for the nationwide Cancer Prevention Study-3. Aynsley Kluchnik, a speech pathologist at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, is organizing the study.
Fifty participants have taken advantage of Beltrami County DWI Court since its inception in July 2007. Of those, 27 have graduated, 13 are active participants and 10 were terminated. The DWI Court collaborative team gave a report Tuesday to the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners. DWI Court, a collaboration of law enforcement, prosecution, probation and the judicial system, is aimed at repeat drunken driving offenders. Participants commit themselves for 18-24 months to the intense supervisory program.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners took the initial step Tuesday in helping bring a new support group to the area. Capt. Michael Obach, Army National Guard service officer and northwest region coordinator, presented Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a support program for families of veterans and deployed soldiers. The concept is for communities to offer similar benefits to the families of deployed National Guard members as regular Army spouses and children receive when they live on bases.
In 1992, a group of Bemidji residents discussed the possibility of establishing a science center in town. Most of those who were interested grew up in cities where the science centers were major attractions. "To my amazement, 30 people showed up," said Laddie Elwell, Headwaters Science Center executive director. That was the beginning, but now, 19 years later, Laddie and her husband, Jim, the HCS finance officer are ready to retire in February and make way for non-volunteer officers. "I think the center needs new blood, someone with science center connections," Laddie said. She said after
Capt. Michael Obach will present the Beltrami Board of Commissioners with information on the Yellow Ribbon program during the regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is part of the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows colleges and universities to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund some tuition expenses.
WASKISH -- Three Red Lake Nation members put their hooks and lines in eastern Upper Red Lake Friday one day prior to the Minnesota Fishing Opener. The demonstration organized by the First Nations United Twin Cities organization was designed to underscore the treaty the band signed ceding territory, but guaranteeing the tribal members the right to fish, hunt and make other use of the land.
Logging in Beltrami County parks brings in revenue, but it has long been opposed by recreational users of sites such as Three Island Park and Movil Maze. On Tuesday, May 3, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved on a 3-2 vote a new parks forest management plan developed by the county's Parks and Trails Advisory Council. According to County Administrator Tony Murphy, Beltrami County Natural Resource Management oversees about 147,000 acres of forested public land.
William Earl Morris, 24, of Cass Lake, was sentenced Monday, March 2, in Cass County District Court for first-degree attempted pre-meditated murder. Judge John Smith sentenced Morris to 16 years in prison.
From a mother and daughters graduating today to veterans in surgery and delivering babies, a group of Sanford Health Bemidji nurses attribute their choice of career to their mentors. "We have students every day of the week," said Anita Norden, RN in labor, delivery and nursery. Today is commencement day for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.