Pioneer Staff Report
WEST ST. PAUL -- The Bemidji State softball team opened its 2017 season with a 6-1 win over Minnesota Crookston in a nonconference game at the West St. Paul Dome on Monday afternoon. Senior Jessica Yost was a double threat for the Beavers (1-0) by going 2-for-4 at the plate while striking out 16 batters from the circle.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Bemidji State tennis team improved to 7-3 on the season after dominating wins over Minnesota Crookston and Sioux Falls and a loss to Augustana in a trio of neutral-site matches last weekend.
MANKATO -- The Bemidji State track and field team concluded its 2017 indoor season Feb. 24-25 at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Beavers qualified to compete in 10 events at the league’s marquee event and were headlined by a sprinter, a distance runner and their 4x400-meter relay team.
Seedings for the Section 8AAA girls basketball playoffs were revealed Saturday and Bemidji High School was awarded the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The Lumberjacks will go on the road for their quarterfinal game tonight at No. 3 Thief River Falls. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Jacks fell to the Prowlers 49-42 in their season-opener in TRF on Nov. 29 but prevailed in a 48-45 victory at BHS on Jan. 6.
BEMIDJI -- The Watermark Art Center announced Monday it has named its new Native American art gallery. The Miikanan Gallery will open in the fall when current renovations to the art center, located in the former Lakeside Lueken’s grocery store along Bemidji Avenue downtown, are completed.
WHITE EARTH -- The White Earth Police Department said they have started wearing body cameras, recording interactions between themselves and citizens. In a release, the department said they started wearing the cameras in February, and that the 3-inch long, 2-inch wide cameras are worn near or at the center of the chest on the outermost layer of clothing. Plainclothes officers will have other options, the release said.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Friday-Sunday: Accident 4:20 p.m. Friday. Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle accident in the city of Solway. An elderly male seen leaving the area after making suicidal comments was later found deceased. Burglary 5:06 a.m. Sunday. Deputies received a report of a burglary at the 27600 block of Pleasant Valley Road NW. DWI
Ceramic works at Talley Gallery BEMIDJI—Recent work by six artists who have won McKnight Foundation Fellowships and Residencies will be featured at BSU's Talley Gallery through March 21. Each year, the Northern Clay Center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which tours Minnesota to share the work with people outside of the Twin Cities metro area. The exhibit will feature new works by: • 2015 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipient Ursula Hargens of Minneapolis.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- With less than a year until the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be contested at the Gangneung Curling Centre, Korea has already made history by capturing its first world championship gold medal with a last-rock win over Andrew Stopera and the U.S. men Sunday at the 2017 VoIP Defender World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea.
Rhea Holleman, 14, has been named Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area Youth of the Year. She was chosen as the Club's youth of the year through a process where multiple areas of personal growth were evaluated including leadership in the family, school and community, moral character and life goals.