Pioneer Staff Report
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf recently received a $500 seed grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams. The grant will assist with lighting upgrades throughout the facility. The food shelf hopes to replace its existing fluorescent lighting with LEDs and add motion sensors in the bathrooms and warehouse, according to a press release. Lighting in coolers and freezers also will be upgraded. The award is one of 39 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the ninth round of seed grants
Bemidji eighth graders Cody Lyle, Zane Hiller, Casey Hiller, Seth Lindgren, along with STEM teacher Jeff Ostrom, recently competed in a STEM competition held concurrently with the Minnesota School Boards Association Leadership Conference in Minneapolis. The team competed against two other Minnesota middle school teams, and won first place with their presentation "Innovative and creative ways to reduce by 40 percent the air pollution in New Delhi by the year 2038," according to a press release.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Team USA’s Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton finished seventh after a loss to Finland Saturday to conclude the mixed doubles round robin at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The American sibling duo from McFarland, Wis., had opportunities again to take down their opponent but couldn’t capitalize at the right time at the Gangneung Curling Centre.
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The Bemidji State women’s track and field team set 12 personal records and had six top-15 finishers at the South Dakota State University Classic this weekend. Samara Tobeck led the Beavers on Friday with a ninth-place weight throw distance of 46 feet, 3.25 inches, followed by Gena Baklund’s 16th place distance of 44 feet, 6.75 inches.
HERMANTOWN -- Hermantown senior Jacob Herter put the hurt on the Bemidji High School boys hockey team on Saturday afternoon, scoring three goals and adding an assist to lift the Hawks to a 6-0 win at Hermantown Arena. Herter tallied a goal in each period, while Blake Biondi added a goal in the first and Elliott Peterson and Brady Baker each scored in the third.
ROSEAU -- The Lumberjacks girls hockey season ended at the hands of the Rams on Saturday, as eighth-seeded Bemidji fell to top-seeded Roseau 4-1 in the Section 8AA quarterfinals at Memorial Arena in Roseau. Junior forward Maggie Marcotte scored the Jacks’ lone goal to tie the game at 1-1 at the 2:10 mark of the first period, but it was all Roseau (21-5) from there.
CROOKSTON -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team made a quick recovery following Friday’s 65-62 loss to Detroit Lakes, and the Lumberjacks returned to beat Crookston 76-67 on the road Saturday afternoon. The Lumberjacks (8-14) led by just one point at the half (35-34), but outscored the Pirates (10-11) 41-33 in the final 18 minutes for the win.
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Jordan Heller scored his third goal of the weekend, but that was the only offense the Bemidji State men’s hockey team could muster Saturday in a 5-1 loss to Michigan Tech at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. A three-goal second period propelled the Huskies (15-13-5, 11-10-5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) past the Beavers (15-11-6, 12-8-4-2 WCHA). MTU hoisted the MacInnes Cup as Winter Carnival champions for the sixth straight season, outscoring BSU 7-5 on the weekend.
BEMIDJI—Lake Bemidji State Park will sponsor the Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally at the park on Saturday, March 3. The main event begins at 11 a.m. with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and then heads into Lake Bemidji State Park and up the Rocky Point Trail, a release from the park said. Riders can choose from a 10-kilometer or 28-kilometer route.
HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Bemidji State senior and 2012 Bemidji High School graduate Jordan Heller potted two goals and added an assist Friday night, helping the Beavers beat Michigan Tech 4-2 at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The win solidifies the Beavers’ (15-10-6, 12-7-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Conference) spot in fourth place in the league, having gone into this weekend’s series just two points ahead of the Huskies (14-13-5, 10-10-5 WCHA).