Pioneer Staff Report
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Bemidji High School boys tennis team made a clean sweep of Grand Rapids to start the final week of the regular season Monday, winning 7-0 to improve to 12-3 on the season.
BEMIDJI—Road construction is scheduled to begin this month on Division Street (County State Aid Highway 7 and County State Aid Highway 14). The project will include three roundabouts, grading, and bituminous surfacing from the U.S. Highway 2 off ramp, by Bemidji High School, west and north to Wilton. "The project will cause some inconvenience, and we are asking for your cooperation and understanding during this time," a press release from the Beltrami County Highway Department said.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Friday-Sunday: Burglary 11 a.m. Saturday. A deputy received a report of a burglary at the 4000 block of Sunset Meadows Road SW. 10:46 a.m. Sunday. Deputies received a report of a burglary at the 13600 block of Lumberjack Road NW. Drugs 1:13 a.m. Saturday. A 31-year-old male was arrested for fifth-degree drug possession during a traffic stop at the intersection of Town Hall Road NW and Irvine Avenue NW.
Minnesota DNR tracking black bears online ST. PAUL—If there's a black bear in your backyard, the DNR wants to know. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has developed an online tool to help track the ever-expanding wandering of the black bear. Minnesota's primary bear range covers about 40 percent of the state, mostly to the northeast, with territories bordering Benton, Sherburne, Anoka and Washington counties.
BEMIDJI—The Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society was recently awarded a National Audubon Society grant to promote the planting of native trees, shrubs, and flowers for birds and pollinators in Bemidji. MHAS was one of 35 awardees out of 89 applications. "Birds, Bees, & Butterflies — Bemidji" brings together several local organizations, businesses and agencies who share a common interest in creating better habitat for birds, pollinators and people," said Peter Buesseler, MHAS president, in a press release.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors recently congratulated the new owners of Joe's Lodge, Adam and Kelley Olsen. The lodge, located at 15228 Joe's Lodge Drive SE in Bemidji is a family owned and operated resort on the shore of Lake Andrusia. They offer 22 cabins, two full hook-up pull in/out RV sites and 37 seasonal lots. Each cabin has a private fire pit, AC, satellite TV and various views of the lake. The main lodge offers snacks, bait, tackle, gifts, apparel and an arcade, a press release said.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Counselor Realty of Bemidji on their new location. The business, located at 809 Paul Bunyan Dr. S, is a local real estate company helping sellers and buyers buy and sell homes. Pictured are the owners and staff from Counselor Realty of Bemidji and Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.
The Beltrami Electric Indoor Garage Sale held May 5 raised $6,300 for the United Way of the Bemidji Area. The 12th annual event, which featured more than 90 booths, saw nearly 1,600 bargain-hunters pay a $1 entrance fee for access to the sale. Sponsors for the event include Ross Lewis Signs, Bemidji National Guard Armory, Portable John Rental & Service, Dunn Brothers, Nei Bottling and Raphael's Bakery. Next year's sale is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Beltrami Electric Cooperative headquarters.
Security Bank USA recently donated $3,000 to Beltrami Area Practice Alignment and Collective Transformation (PACT). PACT is a group of 11 behavioral health providers who work together to provide behavioral health services and to proactively respond to healthcare reform.
The Bemidji Sons of Norway Lodge 1-500 granted local students Claire Carlson and Peter Carlson with scholarships to attend summer camp at Concordia Language Village's Skogfjorden Norwegian Camp. Claire will attend camp for two weeks and Peter will attend for one. Claire and Peter presented a music program including May Song, Rigadoon and a Norwegian folk tune at the lodge's regular meeting on April 29. They were accompanied by Sarah Carlson on keyboard.