Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club will host a fundraiser at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Bemidji Brewing, 211 America Ave NW. The cost is $20, and tickets are available at the door. Funds raised during the event will go to support Sunday Ski School.
BEMIDJI -- First City Squares will host a dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Ninth Street and Beltrami Avenue. Plus tips for the first half hour. The caller is Charlie Huhtala from Grand Forks, N.D. All dancers and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Jeffrey Anderson at (302) 383-1502.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department will host lessons at Buena Vista Ski Area from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21. The package includes lift ticket, ski or board rental and a one-hour lesson. Participants will be with instructors from 2 to 3 p.m. then have free time to practice from 3 to 6 p.m. The registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. The cost is $41 per participant. Minimum of three participants, who must be ages 7 or older. For more information, call (218) 333-1850.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team had 18 top-three finishes at Thief River Falls on Tuesday, helping the Lumberjacks to a 99-71 win over the Prowlers at Lincoln High School.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team suffered a setback on Tuesday night, as just seven first-half points made for a 51-46 loss in Little Falls. Mackenzie Nicklason scored three points before halftime -- a two-point basket and a free throw -- to lead the Lumberjacks (6-10). Katie Alto and Lindsey Hildenbrand each had two points, as well, but BHS trailed 18-7 at the break.
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team avenged last week’s home loss to Grand Rapids with a 78-72 road victory Tuesday behind a balanced attack of five players in double figures. Jace Peterson and Linaes Whiting combined for 20 points in the first half, helping the Lumberjacks (8-4) out to a three-point edge at 37-34.
ST. PAUL -- The Bemidji Aerials gymnastics optional team competed in the Winter Challenge hosted by Crowley’s Gymnastics Center at Concordia University, St. Paul over the weekend. Level 6 competitors included Chloe Workman and Kali Allen. Workman scored a 32.425 all-around score, and Allen finished with a 31.625.
BEMIDJI— The Northwest Minnesota Foundation recently was awarded a $90,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to address child care shortages across the region, according to a press release. Currently, northwest Minnesota has a shortfall of 2,717 child care slots needed to accommodate the estimated number of children younger than 6 with both parents working. To meet this shortfall, the region needs a substantial 39 percent growth rate in the licensed child care capacity, the release said.
RED LAKE—Four people were arrested and more than $18,000 in cash, along with drugs and guns, were seized after a weekend raid at residence on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
BEMIDJI -- The 2018 March for Life will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Bemidji. The day’s events will begin with a gathering at the Beltrami County Courthouse, followed by a march down Beltrami Avenue, finishing at St. Philip’s Catholic Church. This family event is open to the public. A short program will take place after the march, followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon served by the Knights of Columbus.