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BEMIDJI - A new building will soon grace the footprint beside the Pinewood fire tower. The Beltrami County Agricultural Association and the manager of the Beltrami County Fairgrounds announced the Forestry Education Center will be constructed this summer with an opening and a ribbon cutting ceremony date set for the 2013 fair. The building's front facade will be comprised of logs, while the sides and roof will be metal, according to organizer David Quam. "The forest industry was and still is a vital part of our economy, it's only fitting we have a nice log front," Quam said. The first phas
BENA - "Tough, tough rock," sculptor Dewey Goodwin said after he takes his hat off and rubs his brow. Goodwin just completed a bald eagle sculpture out of Dolomite, a carbonate mineral often used as an ornamental stone, which will grace the front entrance of the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School near Bena. The rock sculpture began as a 2,000-pound rectangular piece of stone, and once completed, the Bemidji artist shed more than 500 pounds from the rock. "It would have nice to have a wider piece," Goodwin said.
BEMIDJI - The popularity of Bemidji going green on Fridays to support Bemidji State University sports has spun-off to designate Wednesday gone "plaid." Since January, the effort to wear plaid to promote Bemidji has taken hold. But as the thermometer rises, there are fewer people wearing the iconic pattern reminiscent of Paul Bunyan. "The idea is great for the winter, it's easy to find plaid, but wool clothing is too warm for the summer," said Lori Paris, president of the Bemidj iArea Chamber of Commerce. "We have done e-blasts to members to remind them, but we are letting each business fen
BEMIDJI - The city's Public Works Facility now boasts a gravel bed nursery, thanks to the help of the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. "We used to purchase 200- to 300 -pound burlap (root) ball trees that took a Bobcat to lift and two employees to handle it," said Gregg Strandlien, parks foreman. "The trees we purchased this year are bare root stock, one-third the price but the same size.
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.