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Bodybuilder Pete Moen traveled to Bemidji 26 years ago to take part in the Mr. North Country competition in the old high school auditorium. He won that title, and in 1984 and 1987, he added the Mr. USA title to his resume. Little did he know that he and his wife, Nancy, would someday call the North Country their home. The couple moved to the Nebish area more than 16 years ago after selling their fitness center, Minnesota Muscle.
"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.
Kettlebells. They look like cannonballs with large, thick handles. But those who have touched kettlebells respect them. Kettlebells are a new type of training exploding in popularity in the United States. Kettlebell class is offered at Bemidji State University at the Gillett Recreation Center. It has become so popular many students repeat the class. The instructor is Chad Doocy, HKC (Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified).
Hiking is an outdoor activity for all ages, whether you're an experienced backpacker or someone who loves day trips. The gear can be simple or elaborate. "The trend is going lighter," said Mark Morrissey, assistant director at the Outdoor Program Center at Bemidji State University.
"Never rush a labor of love," said Wanda Odegard, who for the last 10 years has been creating a bronze and stainless steel bald eagle. The super-sized work of art boasts a 16-foot wingspan and an eight-foot long body with some wicked looking talons holding a fish made of stainless steel. Odegard named the sculpture "Spirit of Freedom." Bemidji may know Wanda as the welder who created "Niimii" in 1988, the dancer that graces Bemidji's lakeshore.
His hands have helped teach hundreds of carvers young and old. Jim Schram Sr. of rural Blackduck died Monday at 89. Even at that age, he carved more this year than any other year. Schram, through the encouragement of friends, started the Blackduck Wood Carvers Festival, which just celebrated its 27th year at the Wayside Park. He began carving after quitting smoking in 1969, a way to keep his hands busy. Upon retiring, he and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Blackduck in 1978. His woodcarving shop and home were a welcome place for all those who visited.
Wearing heavy cotton twill pants, a long-sleeve shirt covered with a mosquito net coat, mosquito head gear and gloves, Tom Damon has spent every free moment in the woods at Movil Maze since the end of March. He has a goal to bring a single-track course to Bemidji. Single track is a trail system for mountain bikers.
As temps soared into the 90's on Monday it was a day to be on the lake as kayaker David Thell hones his skills by doing practicing his rolls of off Diamond Point beach. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper
Eighty hands willing to do what they can were put to work at the Evergreen House and the City Park Tuesday morning All 4H youths from Southern Minnesota, the 40 4-H youths are part of YELLO (Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out-loud), an annual four-day statewide leadership conference partnered with STLF (Students Today Leaders Forever) to complete community service projects in the state.
Before the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, Canadian ice makers placed a Loonie coin on the arena floor under the center ice face-off dot before making the ice for the hockey tournaments. The Canadian men and women won the gold medals. In 2008, a Boston baseball fan buried a Red Sox jersey in the concrete at the new Yankee Stadium construction site. At great expense, the jersey was chipped out. Even the John Glas Fieldhouse on the Bemidji State University campus was infiltrated last summer when a member of the rival Alabama-Huntsville team placed a horse, representing their Chargers