The first mowing of the season means that for the next few months, I’ll spend several hours each week on the seat of the riding mower. By the end of the season, cool autumn temps and early sunsets will leave me stiff and cold when I climb off the Dixie Chopper and head for the hot tub to thaw my blood. But in May, the first few mowings are a welcome task of spring and summer.
Editor's note: The Beltrami County Historical Society is partnering with the Pioneer on a series of monthly articles highlighting the history of the area. For more information about the Historical Society, visit www.beltramihistory.org Last weekend, Bemidji High School's commencement ceremony honored the 116th graduating class of BHS with more than 300 graduates.
As a boy, my brother Tom was an avid student of kite flying. Once he had command of the basics, he tweaked his technique -- length of tail, type of string, weight of string, system of holding and reeling in string.
Last month in Generations I confessed my addiction to thrifting. A related activity I enjoy—on a very amateur level—is repurposing items or finding new homes for things that someone else wants to unload. Sometimes I refurbish or re-purpose them; sometimes items sit for weeks or months in our cabin while I wait for inspiration to guide me toward a use or purpose for the item. What I love most is when someone I know says, "I'm looking for a ________," (fill in the blank) and I just happen to have that very thing. "Hey, I've got one of those!" I say.
I may be addicted to thrifting. As I write this, I am sitting in my porch on a pleasant winter morning, wearing my favorite flannel shirt -- purchased at a local thrift store. The previous owner did all the work of washing the shirt several times and loosening up the fibers so that the first time I put it on, it felt like an old friend.
Editor's note: The Beltrami County Historical Society is partnering with the Pioneer on a series of monthly articles highlighting the history of the area. For more information about the Historical Society, visit www.beltramihistory.org What did early residents of Bemidji do for fun all those long cold days of winter? Skating and sledding were common sport, but, in January 1917, the community of Bemidji, inspired by the St. Paul Winter Carnival (est. 1886), formed the Carnival Association to plan organized events for locals as well as for visitors to Bemidji.
"Ever break a bone before?" the ortho doc asked before describing the fractures in my right wrist. No, I said. This was a new experience for me, but having grown up in a family with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), I was certain I'd seen as many or more breaks than the young nurse in the exam room.
Editor's note: The Beltrami County Historical Society is partnering with the Pioneer on a series of monthly articles highlighting the history of the area. For more information about the Historical Society, visit www.beltramihistory.org . This is the second story in a two-part series about the Great Northern Depot. On Jan. 17, 1913, Bemidji's Great Northern Depot celebrated its grand opening.
My husband Gary reflects on the loneliest Christmas he ever experienced. It was 1970, and he was 22 years old, on his second tour of duty aboard the USS Hancock CVA-19, one of three aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin at that time. "I was on beach detachment in the Philippines that Christmas," he recalls. "All my friends were on the ship, but they needed one guy from each division on shore in case a plane had to land on the airstrip and needed repair."
“You brought out the good china,” my daughter said as we sat down for Thanksgiving dinner last year. In her 25 years of life, she had probably seen these plates a few dozen times, if that.