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Kirk Malkowski, a funeral director from Detroit Lakes, took over ownership Monday of Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji. The Schwartz family had owned the business since 1965 when the late W.R. "Bill" Schwartz bought the firm from the Olson family. Bill's son, Tom Schwartz, joined his father in the business in 1978, and Bill retired in 1987. The funeral home moved into a new building in 1996 at the current location at 3330 Irvine Ave. N.W. Malkowski said the funeral home will remain a family business, with his wife, Michelle, helping with the operation.
LAKE GEORGE -- When Mardel Bents began making moccasins 20 years ago, she only hoped to supply her Lake George gift shop, The Wigwam. Now, her brand of Itasca Moccasin is the only full retail and wholesale line of moccasins handmade in the United States. "I'm the only one full-line," said Bents. "There are other moccasin companies out there that make one or two styles.
Homeowners and contractors replacing doors, windows or plumbing fixtures often have to discard the old fittings at a landfill. A Habitat for Humanity project called ReStore offers a better option. Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building materials are for sale at a fraction of normal prices.
After more than four years of legal delays, Carol Louise Gillmore was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to more than 30 years in prison for the 2002 murder of George Stately. In March, Federal Judge Donovan Frank found Gillmore, 39, guilty of one count of second-degree murder and one count of arson. The judge sentenced her to 15 years in prison on the arson conviction, but the time is concurrent with the sentence on the murder conviction. Gillmore was also found guilty of setting fire to the house after killing Stately. According to the FBI report, on Feb.
When construction on Pinnacle Village Outlets starts next spring, wild irises should be blooming in the green space on the northwest corner of the property. Developer Harry Takhar hired Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District Stewardship Forester Jerry Stensing and his crew to develop a an area of native trees, grasses and forbes on about 2.5 acres of the approximately 56-acre site. "He wanted to do something different out here," said Stensing. "He wanted to do a demonstration naturalized green space.
A 1994 Ford E-350 ambulance retired from the Bemidji Ambulance Service fleet will soon be on disaster scenes as the North Star Chapter of the American Red Cross emergency response vehicle. Bemidji Ambulance Service President Scott LaCoursiere and Paramedic Del Preuss made the donation to Red Cross Director George Stowe Tuesday morning. "It's like gold to us," said Stowe. "We have always lacked the mobile feeding capability that this provides us.
The Bemidji Concert Series will open the 2006-07 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a performance by the Pastiche Quartet. The concert will take place in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Trumpeter David Scott, clarinetist Jan Fillmore Scott, percussionist Lonny Benoit and pianist Fred Sahlmann organized Pastiche in 1995. All are music faculty members at McNeese State University in St.
When Mayor Richard Lehmann opens the events center forum Wednesday evening, representatives of Bemidji Cares will be among those voicing opinions and offering input. The forum will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Bemidji City Hall. Wednesday's town hall forum is one of a series of public input meetings to discuss the events center plans and the Nov. 7 ballot referendum, which will ask Bemidji voters for approval to extend the half-cent city sales tax to pay for construction of the events center. A half-cent sales tax went into effect Jan.
My husband, Doug, and I are relative newcomers to northern Minnesota. I didn't even know how to pronounce Bemidji until about seven years ago. So, the Pioneer's "Looking Back" books have provided me with a peek into the evolution of the city and the Bemidji area. Two years ago, the Pioneer published a pictorial history of the early years of settlement, 1895-1940.
Global warming may seem to have too much momentum for reversal. Not so, say Will Steger, polar explorer and eye witness to global warming, and J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director for Fresh Energy, an organization advocating transition to a clean energy system.