Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI -- Officials confirmed Wednesday evening that a tornado with 90 to 100 mph winds touched down in Bemidji earlier in the day. The EF1 tornado caused severe damage in certain areas of Bemidji, but reports of damage from the storm were reported around southern Beltrami County.
Tryg Hansen, 6, from Cold Spring, Minn., caught this rainbow trout on June 24 on Long Lake while camping with his brother and grandparents. Send in your fishing photos to the Pioneer and we will publish them online in our Fish Tales section and also periodically run them in our Outdoors page in the Pioneer. Please include the names, date, type of fish and where the fish was landed in the body of the email. Send your Fish Tales photos to firstname.lastname@example.org .
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Bemidji will host a free, eight-week weight management class from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday from July 19 through Sept. 6, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in the education center. The classes, led by Sanford Bemidji weight loss management physician Judith Mills, will address nutrition’s role in managing and reducing symptoms of chronic health issues, dealing with cravings, understanding food addiction and more, according to a press release.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Senior Center will host State Fair Bus trips on Monday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 30. The one-day trips will leave at 6:30 a.m. and return at approximately 10:30 p.m. The trips are open to all ages. The trip includes transportation on the bus and tickets to the State Fair. The cost is $55 for 2018 Bemidji Senior Center members and $65 for non members. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 17. No refunds will be given after that date.
MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji Junior Legion baseball team swept a road doubleheader against Moorhead Gold on Monday night, July 2. The Woodpeckers cruised to a 12-0, five-inning win in the first game, before earning a 5-3, comeback victory in eight innings to take the nightcap.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The persistence of the Leech Lake eighth grade girls basketball team paid off Saturday, June 30, in the Pacesetter Great Five-State Championship title game at Target Center in Minneapolis. In a rematch with Lake City -- the team that beat Leech Lake in the state finals earlier in the month -- the Lakers trailed the Tigers until the final second.
Wednesday, July 4 2 p.m. Junior Park Naturalist: Majestic Eagles! Join a naturalist to learn about our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Then, make your own eagle to take home with you. This program is ideal for families with young children. Meet at the Playground. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be inside the Visitor Center.
BEMIDJI—Beltrami County has declared a state of emergency after last week's storms caused extensive damage in the county. The region was hit with severe thunderstorms Thursday, June 28, overnight into early Friday, June 29. Based on damage reports, winds during the storms were estimated between 80 to 100 miles per hour, according to a release from Chris Muller, Beltrami County Emergency Management director.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Monday: DWI 2:45 a.m. A 25-year-old male was arrested for DWI at the intersection of Adams Avenue NW and Johnsville Lane NW. Traffic Stop 1:38 p.m. A 59-year-old male was arrested for driving after cancellation on Highway 72 NE. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls Monday: DWI
ST. PAUL -- Former Bemidji State men’s hockey standout Gerry Fitzgerald is one of 43 players who have been invited to the Minnesota Wild’s development camp at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, July 10-15. The Wild will hold two scrimmages at the Xcel Energy Center that are free and open to the public. Open scrimmages are set for Thursday, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 15, at 5 p.m. Each scrimmage will feature two, 30-minute running time halves.