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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.
At 7:58 a.m. Saturday, the Bemidji Fire Department responded to a fire at 17997 Old Grouse Road N.W. in Liberty Township. A trailer house and two sheds were destroyed in the fire, but no people or animals were injured. The Fire Department responded with 21 firefighters, a squad car, two pumpers and two tankers. The Department of Natural Resources firefighters also responded, as did a Beltrami Electric Cooperative emergency crew. The homeowner said she was working in the garden when she saw smoke in the trailer. She went to a neighbor's house to call 911.
A special feature of the 62nd annual Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival Grand Parade on July 2 was the appearance of Ella Lindquist, Buena Vista Logging Queen. Ella, 96, said she has served as Logging Queen for 30 years and has ridden in parades many times. However, the Logging Days folks didn't enter a float this year.
CASS LAKE -- Anyone who suffers a heart attack experiences a changed life. For Glenn Greenberg of rural Cass Lake and Rockford, Ill., a heart attack on Dec. 5, 1987, when he was 49, was his inspiration to choose a new lifestyle. He started running in 1989 and discovered he enjoyed the activity. About eight years ago, Glenn, now 68, met his wife, Rose Austin, in New Zealand while he was running the marathon and she was running the half-marathon.