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The Beltrami County Historical Society will celebrate the fifth annual Depot Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. N.W. "Depot Day is a way of honoring this grand old depot," said Wanda Hoyum, Historical Society executive director. "And it's a way to teach history and have fun while you're doing it." The celebration will feature traditional demonstrations, as well as the new exhibit of Paddle, Ride and Fly." Boyd Ferrell will return to demonstrate telegraphy throughout the day, and the Go & Whoa Harness Club will provide wagon rides from 11 a.m.
RED LAKE -- Citing hearsay evidence, lack of general election board authority to call for a runoff and the need to move on and focus on tribal needs, the Red Lake Tribal Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to certify Chairman-elect Floyd "Buck" Jourdain as the winner of the July 19 election. Following three hours of testimony and discussion, Hereditary Chief James Loud swore Jourdain in as chairman for the next four years. Jourdain won the election with 1,724 votes to former Red Lake Nation Secretary Judy Roy's 1,653.
Paul Bengtson always wanted to see the deserts of the American Southwest wearing their springtime blooms. Last March, the Bemidji man set out to accomplish that goal on his bicycle with a ride across the United States from Carlsbad, Calif., to St. Simon's Island, Ga. In between, he pedaled 1,500,900 revolutions in 172 hours on his bike, covering 2,550 miles. "The ride was the biblical 40 days and 40 nights," Bengtson said. Bengtson took a north-south ride from California to Canada in 2004, and last fall, he bicycled from Stillwater, Minn., to Memphis, Tenn.
BAGLEY -- In 1902 Clearwater County was established. Five years later, residents organized their first county fair in downtown Bagley. According to an article announcing the fair in the Aug. 15, 1907, edition of The Olberg Journal: "This is a fact; there is no longer a guess about it. The dates are October 10th, 11th and 12th. The business men at Bagley have at last awoke and realize the necessity of being up-to-date in their methods." This year, for the centennial anniversary, the Clearwater County Fair Board has assembled a display of memorabilia in a booth in the commercial building.
A third search on Friday morning for Luane Harry Hanson flew in a cadaver K-9 unit from the Twin Cities. Mahnomen County Sheriff Brad Athmann reported that the dog searched the pond nine miles southeast of Mahnomen where Hanson's car was found on July 21.
When the trailers unload animals at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds this week, two of the four-legged 4-H projects will be city-raised swine. The Vonasek brothers Seth, 14, and Reid, 11, have shown rabbits and chickens at the Beltrami County Fair in past years. But this year they wanted to move on to bigger livestock, namely pigs. The problem, however, is the Vonasek boys live with their parents, Todd and Carla Vonasek, within Bemidji city limits.
When the Mandrell family -- Scott and Carla and their children Terra, Sarah, Joshua and Josiah -- walked into the Beltrami County Fairgrounds for the first time five years ago, they knew they had arrived where they belonged. The family had lived and grown up in the Twin Cities suburb of Mounds View. Scott inherited a piece of his late grandfather Otis Mandrell's farm in Northern Township and the family made the moved they had looked forward to in November 2000. "He'd been waiting 10 years to get his kids out of the city," said Carla.
America in Bloom Judges Jana Kattenhorn and Bill Hahn see the potential for bringing out Bemidji's bloom. The judges toured 80 percent of Bemidji Thursday, following Wednesday's tours of Front Yard Gardens and reception. On Thursday afternoon, they described some of their impressions during a press conference at Bemidji City Hall. The two judges have been assigned the America in Bloom entries in the 10,000-15,000-population category. However, they said the four cities -- Gardendale, Ala.; Wicliffe, Ohio; Buffalo, Minn.; and Bemidji -- all fall between populations of 11,000 and 13,000.
Judy Roy will complete 12 years of service as secretary of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Aug. 8 when the newly elected secretary, Kathryn "Jody" Beaulieu, is sworn in. Roy said in a telephone interview on Thursday from her home, that even though Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr.
Incumbent Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. won the runoff election Wednesday with 1,724 votes to challenger Judy Roy's 1,663. The preliminary count, which came in at 10:40 p.m., remains to be certified by the Red Lake General Election Board. The unofficial results give Jourdain 51 percent to Roy's 49 percent. Roy, currently secretary of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, was ahead by 83 votes in the on-reservation vote tally.