BEMIDJI—Invite Charlie Parson over for a gathering and he's likely to bring some beer. "I've been brewing beer since I started graduate school in 1969 and when I moved to Bemidji, there were some active homebrewers," he said. Parson has been involved with two different groups of homebrewers. "There was a brew club called the Boreal Brewers (in Grand Rapids), and they went into a little sort of a malaise and we picked it up in Bemidji," he explained, "but then it got active in Grand Rapids again and it became a little awkward having two clubs with the same name.
BEMIDJI -- The running joke at MJB Home Center is "when they sold the business, I went with it," Cyndy Swanstrom explains. That's because, come August, Swanstrom will have worked in the same building -- for three different companies -- for 50 years. Swanstrom, 74, was hired to work at the Sears Catalog store on Aug.