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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.
Art is like fine wine -- the longer you wait, the better the product. Sculptor Albert Belleveau has completed a 3½-year commission piece that was about to be delivered Tuesday afternoon. A farmer in the St. Peter, Minn., area had seen his "Blue Chain Jane" sculpture on display at the Minnesota Historical Center and commissioned a life-size giraffe sculpture. "I'm pleased he's a very patient man," Belleveau said. "Sometimes the impossible takes a little longer." Belleveau first purchased an 18-inch-tall giraffe model from the online auction site eBay.
For 40 years Juergen Kolheim of Bonn, Germany, has dreamed of paddling the length of the mighty Mississippi. The dream began when he visited a college friend, Sue (Edwards) Schwartz of Bemidji, in 1969. They were classmates in Germany in 1963. Juergen's plan was to retire as a district court judge and row the river with a friend. Unfortunately as retirement came, his friend passed away. His daughter, surgeon Dr.
The duet of the Rev. Ken Downey of Pinewood and his horse Pilgrim teamed up for another coast-to-coast trip. This will be the fourth major trip for the circuit riding preacher, who began in International Falls July 25 and took four days to ride to Bemidji. After a three-week break, he passed through Bemidji Monday morning and will continue on to High Island, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. He expects to conclude his trek Nov. 11. He hopes to follow U.S. Highway 71 all the way south, except a shortcut around Park Rapids. He will travel between 20 and 30 miles a day.
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.