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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.
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.
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.