Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI—Icy road conditions contributed to several car crashes in the Bemidji area Thursday. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after 2001 Chevrolet Venture Van slid off the road and into the ditch on U.S. Highway 71 at mile marker 335 at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday. According to the State Patrol, Lucy Smith, 49, of Blackduck, was driving north when the van lost control on the icy road and slid, crossing the southbound lane and going into the ditch.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Wednesday: Public safety 9:56 p.m. Report of a tree obstructing Centerline Road at Thoren Drive NW. Tree was removed to ditch, county highway department notified. Vehicle calls 5:46 p.m. Assisted Minnesota State Patrol in searching for a report of reckless vehicle at U.S.
The Bemidji State men's hockey team looks to build on their first WCHA win last weekend, when they beat Alaska 6-3 on Saturday night. The Beavers, now 2-5-2 overall and 1-4-1 in the WCHA, returns to the ice this weekend when they host Lake Superior State this weekend at the Sanford Center. The Lakers are coming off a sweep at the hands of Arizona State at home.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji State’s recruiting push has heated up. Various BSU programs have finalized their recruiting classes for the 2016-17 season, and more are on the way. Since last Wednesday — the first day of the early signing period — a number of athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play for BSU athletic teams, including volleyball, basketball and track and field. Volleyball signs two The BSU volleyball team recently announced the signing of Setter Shelby Hanney (Cedar Park, Texas) and defensive specialist/libero Kelli Auer (Maple Grove) for next season. Hann
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. --Digi-Key, a electronic components distributor based in Thief River Falls, is expected to hit a milestone later this year. The company is closer to shipping its 50-millionth package, with a live counter on its website showing 49.8 million shipped packages as of Wednesday afternoon. Digi-Key expects to hit 50 million in the first full week of December, said Kevin Brown, the company's vice president of global brand management.
ST. PAUL -- Allison O’Toole will remain the chief executive officer of MNsure, the group’s board of directors announced Wednesday. O’Toole has served as interim CEO since May, and had not previously expressed interest in retaining the position. Board Chairman Pete Benner said the board recently approached O’Toole and asked her to reconsider.
BEMIDJI -- First City Squares will host a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sundayat the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, at the intersection of Ninth Street and Beltrami Avenue. Plus tips will be for the first half hour. The caller will be Roger Lueth. All dancers and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Joe Rogers at (218) 556-2722.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 29. The Memorial Blood Center's Bloodmobile will be parked in the southeast parking lot of the medical center. To schedule an appointment, visit www.mbc.org/searchdrives , search for sponsor code 2234, or contact Linda at (218) 740-1526. All blood types are needed, especially type O.
BEMIDJI -- The Salvation Army has openings at five Bemidji locations this holiday season for volunteers to ring the bells for donations. To ring at either Lueken’s Village Food Stores or the Paul Bunyan Mall, call Carol at (218) 333-4185. To ring in the evening at Marketplace Foods or the Paul Bunyan Mall, call Patti Jones at (218) 308-5234. To ring outside at L & M Fleet or Walmart call Gene at (218) 556-8048.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji and the surrounding areas were listed in a winter weather advisory Wednesday evening into much of Thursday, with as much as 5 inches of snow expected in some areas. Driving conditions Thursday morning also could be hazardous, as the new snow, and the colder temperatures, come after several days of rain in the area. Wind gusts of up to 41 mph also are forecast for Thursday in some areas.