Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI -- Michael Bitzer won his 16th career Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekly award Monday when he was tabbed the league’s goaltender of the week after helping guide the Bemidji State men’s hockey team to a five-point weekend against Alaska.
BEMIDJI -- The 26th Annual Paul Bunyan Perch Derby will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, at Lake Bemidji off the Nymore access point. Registration will begin at noon, and fishing and drawings will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free for participants 15 and under, and each child to register will receive a free lunch and free bait. There will be cash prizes for the five largest fish. Children must be accompanied by adults. On-ice parking will be available.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota and local law enforcement will host the free lunch-and-learn “Protect yourself from scams: How to avoid being an easy target.” The event will be held at noon on Monday, March 12, in the Education Center at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Master Gardeners will present a free lecture series, “Gardening 101” at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave NW. The first four talks will be on Thursdays at noon. The classes will include: March 1: Wally Peck -- Garden Soils: Soil types, chemistry, nutrients and structure of soil with tips on improving garden soils.
BUFFALO -- Tatum Offerdahl and Lauren Lundquist qualified for the State Girls Gymnastics Meet as Bemidji High School took fourth place as a team at the Section 8AA meet Saturday in Buffalo. Offerdahl, an eighth grader, qualified for state on the bars by posting a score of 9.075, the fifth-best on the day. Lundquist, a freshman, recorded a score of 9.025 on the floor exercise to finish fourth and qualify for state in the event.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Dec. 15, 2014 BEMIDJI -- Seven people were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday evening near Bemidji. According to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the crash was reported at about 6 p.m.
The Regional Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, propelling some local students to the next level of competition.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated the Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors on its new location and new executive officer, Wendy Reierson. Located at 1317 Bemidji Ave. N, the Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors provides professional services, quality education and support to the development and success of its members, a press release said. Pictured from left are ambassadors Sonja McCollum, Noemi Aylesworth and Russ Moen; NWMAR Chairman Corey Stittsworth; Reierson; and ambassadors Betsie Curb, Paul Diehl and Karl Bleser.
The regularly scheduled Elders Ojibwemowin Advisory Committee tried something different for their Feb.12 meeting. Instead of the usual meeting, there was a storytelling at the Culture Room at the Red Lake High School. Nearly 50 people of all ages came together to share knowledge, memories and laughs, according to a press release. Elders and others shared personal stories rather than teachings or cultural and spiritual stories in respect for the recent passings of several Red Lake Elders.
Nurse practitioner Jan Dickson has joined the behavioral health team at Sanford Health. Dickson received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and her master's degree in counseling psychology from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She received her master's degree in nursing as a nurse practitioner with a concentration on psychiatric/mental health from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.