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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.
Clarence Bohlmann lost a barn full of equipment in a structure fire April 6.
The Beltrami County Master Gardeners will sponsor a tour of eight area gardens on July 22. Tickets cost $10 and go on sale on Saturday. They are available on the sidewalk in front of MarketPlace Foods. There be drawings for two gift certificates at the end of the tour from Country Greenhouse and Midway Garden Center. There is a limit of 200 tickets available.
Only one man can see and hear Harvey, but as Bruce Hyde recreates the classic role of Elwood P. Dowd, the audiences will be convinced the giant rabbit is real. "Harvey," a 1944 Broadway comedy, followed by a 1950 movie starring James Stewart, revolves around Dowd, a man who believes people can be smart or pleasant -- he chooses to be pleasant. Dowd is a nice man with a drinking problem and an imaginary friend. At least, most of the other characters in the play start out thinking Harvey is a symptom of Dowd's derangement. "He's right 'round the bend.
Every spring after the snow melts and before the grass greens up, the water scoop plane and the firefighter helicopters take their places at the Bemidji Department of Natural Resources tanker base. The crews fly over the area looking for smoke and attack forest fires by dropping water on the blazes.
BECIDA -- From the days of Beltrami County's early settlers to the baby boomer years, Edgewood School answered the educational needs of country children. As in many country schools, Edgewood's teachers worked with students in grades one through eight all in one classroom. When the youngsters graduated from eighth grade, they either went to work or continued their education at Bemidji High School. Built in 1898, Edgewood School was one of the last to remain open during the 1960s era of consolidation. On Feb.
About 30 teams have signed up for the Aug. 4 and 5 Dragon Boat Festival, but the committee is aiming to launch a field of 40 teams. Consequently, the committee extended the July 1 deadline to July 15. Teams are made up of 20 paddlers and many businesses have sponsored teams, said Brian Bissonette of Paul Bunyan Telephone, one of the team sponsors.
Flames from the sacred fire will brighten the camp at the Veterans Memorial Powwow Grounds in Cass Lake beginning early Thursday morning. But many of those attending the Indigenous Environmental Network Mother Earth Conference Thursday through Sunday will arrive to set up their camps today and Wednesday. The four-day gathering will feature hands-on activities, such as wild edible plant gathering, straw bale building construction, a talent show and youth mural painting, as well as plenary sessions and workshops focusing on environmental issues that especially impact indigenous people. Beginn