RED LAKE -- Last Saturday, members of the Red Lake Nation angled for the first walleye from their sacred lake for the first time in almost nine years. This Saturday, the state will open the eastern portion of Upper Red Lake to sport walleye fishing for non-Red Lake members.
Amy Cloose, 16, of Solway, was crowned Beltrami County Junior Dairy Princess on Sunday. "This has been a dream of mine since I was little," Amy said. The last time the Beltrami County Dairy Association elected a Dairy Princess was in 1998, when Bonnie Miller and Stacey Neft represented the industry.
TURTLE RIVER -- On Wednesday, Region II Recording Day at Gary Burger's studio, four voices joined in unison to sing "The Gingerbread Boy." Doris Edwards wrote the perky Christmas song, and she and her daughter, Robyn Edwards, granddaughter, Becky Hiltz, and great-granddaughter, Taylor Hiltz, made the recording together. "I was thinking, there are songs about Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but nothing about the Gingerbread Boy," Doris said. So, she filled the musical gap. "It just comes natural to her," said Vernon Edwards, listening to the recording session.
The curtains will open on a magical world on Friday at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. The Jules Tasca musical play "Narnia" based on C.S. Lewis' story, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," is a collaborative effort by the Playhouse, Bemidji Community Theater and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, with help from the Bemidji State University Theater Department. The play will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday and run until May 14. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee times for Saturday performances are at 1 p.m. with Sunday performances at 2 p.m.
Two employees of the Public Health Service Hospital in Red Lake have been charged in U..S. District Court with stealing controlled substances from the hospital pharmacy. According to the criminal complaint, Cody LeBeau Spears, also known as Cody LeBeau Bartlett, was charged with obtaining "by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge" about 840 doses of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen between Jan. 23 and March 22.
After a few years of hard times, the Beltrami Humane Society is on track toward financial stability. "It was pretty bad for a couple of years, to the point where we were borrowing from board members to make payroll," said Geri Hickerson, board chairwoman. A sewer backup that caused considerable damage and boiler problems that caused consumption of heating oil at a huge rate were a couple of the unforeseen problems.
When Bridgette Peterson was born three months ago, her father, Spec. Alex Peterson was sitting in a guard tower near Mosul, Iraq. Now home on furlough, Alex said he borrowed his partner's cell phone to call the hospital and find out how his wife, Jen, and newborn daughter were faring. Then they smoked cigars in celebration. "He called me that night," Jen said.
Home should be a place of comfort, stability and affection. REM Northstar has been providing these essentials for people with developmental disabilities in the Bemidji area for 25 years. Currently, 14 REM homes serve people in Bemidji, three are in International Falls and one is in Walker. One of the homes on Butterfly Road Northwest opened in October 2004 to replace a larger 16-person group home on Beltrami Avenue Northwest.
North Country Regional Hospital will celebrate the grand opening of two newly completed departments with an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. EZ Street, the new rehabilitation center, features real-life tasks and challenges for people recovering from stroke, brain injury and fractures. And sometimes people just need to build up strength for everyday living. "Sometimes they've been through so much medically, they're in a weakened state," said Shannon Tangen, physical therapist. The rehabilitation room provides a wide range of challenges.
On Friday, several Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe members served a lawsuit in Leech Lake Tribal Court challenging the legality of Chairman George Goggleye's term of office. On Nov. 22, an election amended the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Constitution to bar anyone convicted of a felony from seeking election. The amendment took effect Jan.