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When a crude oil pipeline broke near Little falls Tuesday night, Bemidji Ambulance Paramedic Del Preuss and EMT Nathan Preuss were the first to spot trouble. They said they were driving back to Bemidji from a patient transfer to a Twin Cities hospital. They said they were on State Highway 10 and had reached Morrison County Road 76 just south of Little Falls when they saw a black substance shooting 50-60 feet into the air. The Preusses phone law enforcement and turned the ambulance around to mark the site of the pipeline break.
RED LAKE -- During the last decade, Mick Humbert of Hastings, Minn., has maintained close ties with the people of the Red Lake Nation through youth and historical programs. A deacon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Humbert responded to the Rev. Bill Mehrkens' request for a sister parish to St. Mary's Mission in Red Lake for financial aid and exchange of ideas and cultures. At the time, Humbert said he was working with youth at his church.
Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger has joined the board of directors of the Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota. Now in private practice with Best & Flanagan LLP, where he worked prior to becoming a U.S. Attorney, Heffelfinger was one of the forces in developing the Family Advocacy Center at North Country Regional Hospital. "The Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota owes its very existence to Tom Heffelfinger," said Jim Hanko, board member of the center and CEO of North Country Health Services, in a press release.
REDBY -- The scene is reminiscent of a field hospital, except the patients are canine and feline, rather than human. The Rural Area Veterinary Services of the Humane Society of the United States is holding the third annual spay, neuter and vaccination clinic at the former water bottling plant in Redby this week. Red Lake Nation members can bring their dogs and cats for exams and treatment at no charge. Led by Dr. Leo Egar, veterinarians and veterinary students examine the animals and discuss pet health management with owners.
Surrounded by family, board members and staff, the Welle family-owned First National Bank Bemidji began work Wednesday on its new home at 1600 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. The groundbreaking ceremony on the 3.79 acres marks the official start of construction that should be completed in about 18 months, said Ron Cuperus of Cuperus Construction, FNBB board member and construction manager.
The second play of the 2006 Paul Bunyan Playhouse is a thriller. "We hope to have the audience scream at the end of the show, at the edge of their seats," said Megan Traina, stage manager. Set in the 1960s, "Wait Until Dark" is a suspense mystery by Frederick Knott. The psychological intrigue features Susy Hendrix, played by Christiana Clark, who is tormented by a trio of bad guys. Hendrix, recently blind from an accident, is trying to cope with her changed life. The narcotics gang members -- Harry Roat, played by Craig Johnson, Mike Talman, played by Hoe Papke, and Sgt.
In 2003, the Leech Lake Business Corporation entered the 100 Homes Project. The object was to build 40-100 two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes within a year. The project was never completed. Now, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Leech Lake Business Corporation are suing the Morrison County Wallfab Inc. and owner Robert Boyd, charging breach of contract, breach of statutory warranty, negligence and unjust enrichment. According to the complaint, Wallfab agreed to build 40 homes between December 2003 and May 2004.
Some familiar faces and some newcomers line the Bemidji Art Walk. Starting in 1998, the project invites visitors to tour downtown Bemidji and gives local residents opportunities to admire sculptures and murals created by artists from the Bemidji area, as well as imported works. Some of the works in the permanent sculpture collection include Niimii, which means "he dances" in Ojibwe, near the Tourist Information Center. The walking tour guide lists Niimii as No. 1 and directs the walker around a four-by-five block of downtown for most of the sculptures and murals.
Civilizations worldwide have collapsed as a direct or indirect result of climate change.
The Paul Bunyan Mall will put on a new look this summer. Beginning May 2, renovations started on the 29-year-old shopping center.