Pioneer Staff Report
Darren Matetich, operations manager for Otter Tail Power Co., recently presented a check for $1,000 to Mary Mitchell, director of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf on behalf of Otter Tail Power Co. employees.
McCrory named to Jamestown list JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Victoria McCrory, of Bemidji, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at the University of Jamestown. To be named to the Dean's List, students must have full-time status, which is at least 12 credit hours earned, and have a 3.50 GPA or higher. Hamrin named to honor roll at Baylor
The 2016 Beltrami County Friend of Agriculture Awards were given recently by the Beltrami County Farm Bureau. At the annual Christmas Potluck Meeting, Dave Nielsen and Vern and Sandy Holzhueter were recently awarded the Friend of Agriculture Award by the Beltrami County Farm Bureau. They join an honorable list of past area recipients ranging from the late Brad Swenson, Senator Rod Skoe, Terry Frenzel, Ann Marie Ward, the late Jim Heltzer, John Rolfson, Joel Varner, Farmer and Sue Wells, and John and Cheryl Gilbertson, all of whom have made an impact to Beltrami County Agriculture.
McDonald's held a grand opening event Nov. 11 to showcase its new location at 1245 Paul Bunyan Drive. During the event, McDonald's management selected the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area as their local nonprofit partner and donated 20 percent of the proceeds from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. McDonald's raised $2,000 to invest in local youth through the club's year-round academic, health and leadership programs.
BRAINERD -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team put up a fight against Brainerd on Saturday afternoon, but couldn’t close the gap. The Warriors jumped out to a big lead and held off a late Lumberjacks charge en route to a 69-65 win Saturday afternoon. The Lumberjack (9-7) had defeated Superior (Wis.) 62-43 on Friday night.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team took seventh place in a home Section True Team meet on Saturday. Sartell-St. Stephen came in first with 1,418 points, topping Alexandria’s 1,281 points and Melrose/Sauk Centre’s 1,196.5. Bemidji’s 604.5 points had them above 246 from Thief River Falls in the eight-team meet.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Bemidji High School wrestling team finished fourth at the Army National Guard Prowler Invite in Thief River Falls on Saturday. The Lumberjacks recorded 117.5 points while the host Prowlers won the meet with 160 points. Jon Solum was the top placing Bemidji wrestler with his second-place finish at 126 pounds. The Jacks will be off until Feb. 2 for their next meet at Pine River-Backus.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School nordic skiing team hosted the Bemidji Pursuits at Buena Vista Ski Area on Saturday. The BHS girls team placed second while the boys took third. In the girls competition, the Lumberjacks scored 360 points to finish just a point ahead of Alexandria for second. Little Falls came in first with 394 points. Kinley Prestegard was the top finisher for BHS with her pursuit time (classic plus freestyle times) of 41:50.
Walkers wait to cross State Highway 197/Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast near the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues Saturday during the Bemidji Women’s March. The march began in the parking lot of the Sanford Center and made its way to the Rail River Folk School. (Maggi Stivers/Bemidji Pioneer)
Walkers participate in the annual March for Life on Saturday in downtown Bemidji, to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)