Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI—The city of Bemidji is partnering with the Bemidji Community Food Shelf for a fun, new way to give back to the community. The two are organizing a "Cranksgiving" event on Saturday, Nov. 17. What's "Cranksgiving?" Founded in 1999 by New York bike messengers, the event is a combination of a scavenger hunt, bike ride and food drive. It's now held in about 80 cities worldwide around the Thanksgiving holiday, but this will be the first year in Bemidji.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Friday-Monday: Animals 11:47 p.m. Saturday, a deputy assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with a crash involving a vehicle and a bear in the 25700 mile of Highway 89 NW. DWI 11:40 p.m. Sunday, a 34-year-old man was arrested near the intersection of Pine Ridge Ave. NW and 30th St. NW for DWI. 12:04 a.m. Sunday, a 23-year-old man was arrested for DWI in the 5400 mile of Highway 71.
BEMIDJI—More than 50 percent of students at Bemidji State University are first-generation college students, meaning they are the first in their family to attend a four-year college or university, officials said in a release.
STEINBACH, Man. -- The Steinbach Pistons, of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, named Bemidji High School graduate Brady Tatro as the team’s Player of the Month on Sunday, Nov. 4, for September and October. Now in his second year with the club, Tatro is second in the league with 27 points (13g-14a). Of those points, 24 came in September and October over a span of 16 games.
BEMIDJI -- The American Legion will hold the Veterans Day Dinner at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Bemidji Eagles, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. The program starts at 2 p.m., with the dinner to start at 2:30 p.m. If a veteran needs transportation to and from the event, please contact Kathy at (218) 308-3421. Handicap transportation also is available.
BEMIDJI -- The annual Senior Creations Craft and Bake Sale will be held at the Bemidji Senior Activity Center, 216 Third St. NW from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. Handmade items of all descriptions by local crafters will be featured. In addition there is the annual Jewelry Sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon, a puzzle sale and a raffle with hourly drawings for prizes from the Senior Creations Gift Shop. For more information, contact the Senior Activity Center at (218) 751-8836.
BEMIDJI -- Evangelical Free Church in Bemidji will be a drop-off site Nov. 12-19 for Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, a project that provides shoebox gifts for children overseas. Bemidji families, churches and groups are invited to transforming empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan's Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Senior Activity Center will honor military veterans with a program at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. The event will feature music from the First City Singers and Joe Vene. Author and veteran Wendell Affield will be guest speaker. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. The Senior Activity Center is located at 216 Third St. NW.
BEMIDJI -- The Classic Country Band will play for a free dance from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 14, at the Bemidji Senior Center, 216 Third St. NW in downtown Bemidji. Open to the public.
BEMIDJI—Once Election Day is behind us and the votes are tabulated, we might quickly begin to prepare for the holidays. But, wait... On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m., there will be a Day of Peace at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. NW, in Bemidji, with the sole purpose of honoring the Sabbath, which means respecting ourselves first, a release said.