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BEMIDJI—The Rural Broadband Association, the national association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies, recently announced Paul Bunyan Communications has been named a winner of the NTCA Smart Rural Community Award for its entire service area of northern Minnesota. The goal of the NTCA Smart Rural Community initiative is to foster the development of smart communities throughout rural America and Canada by encouraging innovative implementation of broadband solutions and access to next-generation applications for distance learning, telehealth se
Fellowship group to meet Saturday BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship meeting is scheduled at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Beltrami Electric community room, 4111 Technology Drive NW. Breakfast will be served. The guest speaker will be Jason Riggs, a sergeant with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department. He serves as the Headwaters SWAT team Commander and has been on the SWAT team for 12 years.
It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center presents the 13th annual It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit featuring work by artists from around the United States and guest juror, Butch Holden. The reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday with a brief presentation and announcement of the awards at 6 p.m. at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Events start on Tuesday at BSU. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 6 to Dec.
Comedy shorts film at Bemidji Theater BEMIDJI—The 2015 Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest, features 14 short comedies from around the world, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bemidji Theater, 5284 Theatre Lane. The one hour and 32 minute movie features 14 directors and is produced by Joe Edick. Using live voting, the audience will determine the Audience Choice Award winner at the end of the film. Halloween party at Rail River Folk School BEMIDJI—A Halloween party featuring a live DJ and bands will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct.
Fankhanel named Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Program BEMIDJI—Brian Stefanich, Bemidji High School principal, recently announced that Taylor Fankhanel has been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Weaver next up for Spoken Word Series BEMIDJI—Will Weaver, nationally celebrated author of short stories, novels and young adult fiction, will be featured at the next Spoken Word Series event held Oct. 23 at Watermark Art Center's new location, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the a reading by Weaver from his latest novel, "The Last Hunter: An American Family Album" beginning at 6 p.m. The reading and reception is free and open to the public.
Christian Women's luncheon Monday BEMIDJI—The Christian Women's luncheon meeting will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the community room at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. Use the back entrance. The speaker will be Kimberly Dawn Nyborg, an International Falls radio announcer. She will sing and speak on God's Extreme Makeover, release said.
1960s exhibit at History Center in Shevlin SHEVLIN—"Coming of Age, the 1968 Generation," a traveling exhibit that explores the self- expression, upheaval, change and sounds of the '60s and the Vietnam War will be on display from Oct. 20 to May 1 at the History Center in Shevlin.
SAUK RAPIDS — Senior Nicole Crummy placed 20th to lead the Bemidji State cross country team to sixth place at the Bob Waxlax Invitational in Sauk Rapids. Crummy covered the 6,000-meter Wapicada Golf Course in 23 minutes, 12.2 seconds to finish 1:54 off the pace set by individual champion, Hannah Palmeter of Southwest Minnesota State (21:18.8). In addition, Jane Austin crossed the finish line in 41st place with a time of 24:15.4. The Beavers averaged 24:38 per runner in sixth place with 157 points. Minnesota Duluth took the team title with 24 points.
WAYNE, Neb. — Sarah Stram scored her sixth goal of the season in the 29th minute and Anna Fobbe recorded her third shutout of 2015 to lead the Bemidji State soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Wayne State on Sunday. The victory snapped a four-match losing skid for the Beavers, and allowed the team to improve to 6-4-0 overall and 3-4-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. After 28 minutes of action, senior Emily Olson found Stram with a pass at the top of the 18-yard box and Stram, BSU’s leading scorer, found the back of the net.