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BEMIDJI - Freddie Bitsoie puts on quite a show.
Minnesota winters tend to be long, especially for those who love tennis. Prior to 2009, Bemidjians could play tennis indoor at CBS Fitness or Bemidji State University. But with the loss of CBS Fitness and scheduling challenges at BSU, Bemidji Area Tennis Association (BATA) members started discussing an indoor facility owned and operated by its members. "We were lucky to have BSU to use," organizer Paul Swartwood said. "The facility we are looking at will have the same abrasiveness coatings on the courts to match those at the Bemidji Middle School and High School courts.
Change is sometime difficult, but, occasionally, it can become a double positive. Sanford Bemidji Medical Center on Friday began requiring unified colors of scrubs for its employees. For example, registered nurses must wear navy blue scrubs and those who work in respiratory must wear gray scrubs. The change helps patients, guests and employees to more easily identify who is providing care, according to a Sanford statement. Bruce Chaffee, an RN, saw the change as an opportunity to help others. Working with Dr.
For 10 years, members of the National Honor Society at Bemidji High School have organized a community donation event for local nonprofits. "Our members have a passion for the community and this is one outlet which we can help," said Kera Kilde, co-president of the honor society at BHS, following a donation Tuesday to the Village of Hope. Bemidji's Village of Hope provides temporary shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness. Rick Toward, adviser for the school's honor society chapter, said this marks the second year the student group has donated to the Village of
The first trip to the dentist can be scary. But the "Give a Kid a Smile" program that took place Friday at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji did its part to ease the pain as it provided free dental services to 77 children. "This is really a triple win," said Dr. John Lueth, a Bemidji dentist and program organizer. "We were having difficulty getting Headstart screening accomplished. And this gives the dental hygienist and dental assistant students at NTC their first experience with pediatric care. Last, it's held in a neutral site, and for a first timer that's more comforting.
No snow meant no rides behind a dog sled team, but recreational musher Charlotte Wolf of Brainerd presented a history lesson on the art of dogsledding. The lesson, a Bemidji Public Library program planned well in advance of warm January weather, drew more than 50 people equal in age interest from young to older Tuesday. "I started with four dogs and my first run I decided I needed more," said Wolf, owner of Wolf Moon Kennel Dogsled Rides.
Five members of the Bemidji High School basketball squad donated hair to Beautiful Lengths on Friday afternoon. It started with the seniors suggesting the idea, as many as eight said they would cut off their locks, but five - Megan Downey, Kellie Morehouse, Jenna Sagedahl, Ellie Muller and Alissa Sagedahl - walked in the doors of X-Static Salon. No tears were shed as at least 8 inches of hair were cut off the girls. But they had plenty to say: "I feel bald." "I can only make a baby ponytail." "I have to dig out the scarves." Jenna Sagedahl summed it succinctly. "I haven't had my hair t
RED LAKE - The Red Lake Homeless Shelter, "Mishkwaa-ga-mii-wii-zaaga'iganiing Giiwishiiwigamig," held a blessing and feast Tuesday to mark National Homeless Person's Memorial Day. The shelter opened in January 2006. The shelter, according to Executive Director Carol Priest, has proven its tremendous need: a third of its clientele are children; the majority is 20-40 years old. "We are always one breath away from needing help," said elder Larry Stillday who provided a blessing for the feast.
Rich Dixon doesn't have a big bucket list, but he just turned 60, and cycling down the Scenic Highway down to New Orleans is the first on the list: A long-distance trip north to south. Dixon of Fort Collins, Colo., has a custom-made hand cycle.
With more than 3,000 miles of roadway in 26 states under his feet, Erik Bendl and his faithful canine companion Nice are on their fifth cross-country trip to bring awareness of the seriousness of diabetes. He can't be missed along the roadway he has a six-foot-diameter globe tethered to his waist. According to Bendl, his mother died at 54 in 1977. "Much too young," he said. "But she did not take care of her diabetes." His message is "Love yourself - go for a walk." His walk began July 3 in Sheboygan, Wis.