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Businesses moving into town, switching locations, under new ownership -- the face of downtown Bemidji is in the process of change. One of the major moves is Kelsey's As You Like It Jewelry Store. After 32 years in the same location at 312 Beltrami Ave. N.W., Pamela and Michael Kelsey are relocating their business a few doors north to 318 Beltrami Ave. N.W., the former Frances Allen Flowers, which moved earlier this year to 814 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Pamela Kelsey said their move is scheduled for early June, after renovations are complete at their new site.
Beltrami County Sheriff Keith Winger reported Tuesday morning that he and a Department of Natural Resources helicopter pilot found the body of Mark Neumann Monday afternoon in a thickly wooded area about one-half mile from Neumann's home on Wolf Lake Drive Southeast in southeastern Beltrami County. Neumann had been missing since April 4.
On Wednesday morning, the White Earth and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reported the unofficial results of Tuesday's primary election. In the White Earth primary for secretary-treasurer, incumbent Franklin "Bud" Heisler received 803 votes, 42.92 percent, and Kenneth R. Fox Jr. received 235 votes, 12.56 percent. The other eight candidates divided the remainder of the 3,062 votes cast. In the contest for District II representative, incumbent Anthony "Tony" Wadena received 209 votes, 29.90 percent, and Terrance "Terry" Tibbetts received 178 votes, 25.46 percent.
The Red Lake Nation is $1 million closer to building a new Boys & Girls Club. Last month, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community presented the Red Lake Band of Chippewa the grant for the youth activities center.
The stalled Pinnacle Village Outlets project planned for the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and 71 is scheduled for another look by the Bemidji City Council. The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday in Council Chambers at Bemidji City Hall, 317 Fourth St. N.W. The City Council will discuss and take action on a request from Harry Takhar of Pinnacle Village.
When Dewy Goodwin was a teenager, he tried his hand at stone carving. "I started carving pipestone and just took to it. I was 17," he said. "From there, it started escalating." After a stint at the Santa Fe Institute of American Indian Arts, Goodwin developed his style of sculpting to bring the forms and movement of animals and the spirits of people out of blocks of stone. "Things that people can relate to," Goodwin said. "My concept is the less I can take off the stone to come out with the image. That's my objective, to bring out the spirit and the image.
Charles Powell, owner of Powell Law Firm, was charged on Monday in Beltrami County District Court on one count of felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime (possession of cocaine) and one count of gross misdemeanor domestic assault. According to the criminal complaint, Powell, 50, of rural Bemidji, was charged as a result of an investigation by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Beltrami County Sheriff's Department. At about 4 p.m.
A healthy arts community enhances the quality of life on both intangible and tangible levels. A study of the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations throughout Minnesota has now provided concrete data to back up the tangible effects.
The Bemidji-based Army National Guard Able Company 2/136th Infantry Division, formerly Charlie C Company, has been in training at Camp Shelby, Miss., since October. Now, the 50-plus soldiers have said goodbye to their families and are ready for a year's service overseas. "We leave here next week or so," said Sgt. Brian Ophus of Bemidji in a telephone interview Friday from Camp Shelby.
Alan Zhou's mother wanted him to begin to play violin when he was 5 years old. Now, at age 12, he will solo with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra playing Eduoard Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole." The concert opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bemidji High School auditorium. Zhou said he immediately liked the violin. His mother said he started with a 1/16-size instrument, the smallest size. "My mom wanted me to try it out," Zhou said.