Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI—The Wojo's Rodeo Circuit Finals, presented by Coke of Bemidji, will come to the Sanford Center on Oct. 21 and 22. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m. both days. Cowboys and cowgirls from northern Minnesota will compete in 11 events including bull riding, junior bull riding, barrel racing, bareback, saddle bronc, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling and mini bronc riding, according to a release from the Sanford Center. Qualified contestants will compete for prize money, buckles and point awards.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man will spend 10 years on probation after receiving a stayed sentence of four years and nine months in prison for criminal vehicular homicide Monday in Itasca County Court. Christopher Glenn Smith, 30, pleaded guilty last month to one count of felony criminal vehicular homicide. The stayed prison sentence means that he will not go to prison unless he violates the conditions of his probation, which include a 12-month jail sentence and a $1,085 fine.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Friday-Sunday: Assault 5:31 p.m. Saturday. A 24-year-old male was arrested after officers received a report of a domestic assault at the 6500 block of Nature Road NW. 4:45 a.m. Sunday. A 58-year-old male was arrested for domestic violence at the 700 block of Schroeder Road NW. Burglary 7:20 p.m. Friday. Officers received a report of a burglary of an unoccupied residence at the 14300 block of Roosevelt Road SE.
BEMIDJI -- Comedian Brian Regan will perform at the Sanford Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. Regan is a regular on “The Tonight Show” with...
Duane Bundy was recently recognized for his efforts and contribution to the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Poppy Program and his continued support for veterans in nursing homes and daycare. Duane is a past commander of Bemidji Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1260. Bundy was presented a certificate of appreciation along with a gift card. Leading the presentation was Commander Bruce Malterud of Harold Baggenstoss Post 1260 of Bemidji along with Quartermaster Kelly Booge. Pictured from left to right are Bruce Malterud, Kelly Booge and Duane Bundy.
Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association recently held the seventh annual United Kennel Club (UKC) dog shows from Sept. 9-Sept. 11. The show was a success with the judges and exhibitors expressing their appreciation of Bemidji's welcome with comfortable dog-friendly accommodations at the Best Western Bemidji Inn and a show site at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, a release said. The best in show winner was Ellie Mel's Southern Sweet Tea owned by Melissa Daley of Monroe, Ga. The dog's call name is "Tea."
On Sept. 12, Gary Cartwright, owner of the Bemidji Collision Center, was recognized for his generous donation to the Bemidji Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1260. Cartwright donated the labor to paint a 1909 Model-T that the Post 1260 is restoring for use in local area parades. Cartwright was presented with a certificate by Commander Bruce Malterud along with Janet Haugan of the Auxiliary and Don Haugan of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Bemidji Lions Club recently held a pancake dinner fundraiser supporting the BSU Women's Track and Cross Country teams. Approximately 200 Bemidji area citizens enjoyed pancakes and sausages and enabled a $1,500 donation to the teams. More than 20 team members and coaches participated, assisting with food serving, setting tables and clean-up during the pancake dinner. A check presentation will be made to Coach Kevin Kean and several team members on Wednesday during the weekly club meeting.
Gino Laituri has participated in the Concordia Language Villages program by attending a one-week session at Sjolunden, the Swedish Language Village, located near Bemidji. Laituri is the son of Ron and Annie Laituri, of Bemidji. He is a third grader at J.W. Smith Elementary. Laituri received a scholarship from Concordia Language Villages Passport Fund Scholarship to attend the program.
Farm By The Lake holds annual festival BAGLEY— The third annual Festival at The Farm By The Lake was held Sept. 11. The festival ran smoothly "due to the weather and great entertainment," Farm officials said in a release.