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The community of Blackduck will host two summer events on Saturday, July 30 - the Blackduck Woodcarvers Festival and the Blackduck Arts and Craft Show. The Woodcarvers Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Blackduck Wayside Rest, 244 Frontage Road. At 9:15 a.m. a special dedication to Jim Schram Sr., known as the "Father of Blackduck Woodcarving," will be held and a 12-by-20 bronze plaque will be unveiled in his honor. About 50 carvers and wood vendors will set their booths in the park.
From his arrival in 1992 as a young colt, he was a traffic stopper, one of a kind. Lonnie, the 19-year-old Clydesdale, died Friday. He will not clop the parade route at the Fourth of July parade Sunday in Bemidji. His parade circuit to Park Rapids, Nevis, Kelliher, Laporte and Akeley is no more. The Baker family at Big North Distributing in Bemidji hand picked Lonnie from photographs sent from Grant's Farm in Missouri. The Bakers will make the choice again, said Big North Office Manager Nikki Strowbridge.
After three days on the Mississippi, 21-year-old Alex Linnell of Mendota Heights, Minn., entered Lake Bemidji Friday afternoon. He hopes to be the first person to ever stand-up paddle the length of the river. He left the Headwaters on Wednesday morning accompanied by his father Stan in a kayak. Linnell said he was not hampered by the many deltas and marshlands. "It was a challenge around Rice Lake, but I could see my line where dad could not," he said.
Not many people can boast they have seen the world from the seat of a bicycle. Explorers, adventures and authors Bruce B. Junek and Tass Thacker of Rapid City, S.D., accomplished this 26-month adventure in 1979. With amazing photos and stories the adventure evolved in 1987 into a fulltime job. No more working odd jobs to save up for another adventure. "Images of the World" is a series of six presentations they take all over the United States and Canada to schools, businesses and outdoor festivals, all of which support their adventurous lifestyles.
To become a professional photographer takes patience, perseverance and passion, and Mark Lewer has all of those. "It's fun when you get out there and capture something that works," said Lewer, of rural Laporte. "You have to have the willingness to grow with the technology, whether it's the camera, computers or software, it's just as important." A goal for him was to be published in National Geographic Magazine.
It's a proven fact there are numerous health benefits of owning a pet. For Virginia Sande, when her husband, Wally, needed rehab they searched for a facility that would allow her to bring in his best friend, Annie, an 8-year-old English Cocker Spaniel, for visits. They chose Havenwood Care Center, which has allowed pet visits since 1986. The center also houses a resident dog and cats, an aviary and an aquarium.
What does yoga and childbirth have in common? More than you might think. The most important thing in both is breathing, posture (for comfort) and meditation (for calming). From this realization, Julie Franks developed Pre/Post-Natal Yoga, a class through Bemidji Community Education. Franks became involved in Yoga in 1985.
The Minnesota Finlandia will celebrate its 30th anniversary Saturday at Buena Vista Ski Area. That's 30 years of fun, freezing, thawing and fellowship for cross country ski enthusiasts. Weather has not been kind in recent years. In 2000 and 2003, the race was canceled because there was no snow.
There was no goal set, but for Vesta Kerns knitting 100 stocking hats this year for newborns was a huge accomplishment. So on Tuesday, it was a dual celebration as friends gathered to celebrate her 99th birthday at Birchaven Village Apartments. Vesta has been knitting for more than 20 years. Ten years ago, she moved into Birchaven because of her eyesight; she has macular degeneration. Though she has lost most of her eyesight, it has not prevented her from knitting. Since the move to Birchaven, her production has increased.
"We got new lighting system, new trails and a new warming house, sounds like a win-win situation to me," said Mark Walters, the head of the trail system for the Bemidji Cross Country Ski Club. Walters was referring to the renovations at City Park and improvements to the Montebello Ski Trial. City Park was the second cornerstone Bemidji park - after Diamond Point Park - to undergo a major reconstruction through the use of the city's half-cent sales tax.