A pretty common thing happened the other day at a local establishment: I used a $20 to pay for something that amounted to about seven bucks. The young clerk put the bill into the cash drawer and read the register's amount as to how much change to give me. She struggled to get the change and bills to add up. Then she told me the amount the machine had told her and handed me a wad of bills and coins.
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 As students, teachers and staff head to school, many for the first time, there will, no doubt, be challenges and adjustments, but in the early days of Beltrami County, the teacher's job had its own unique challenges.
Recently my 9-year-old great niece Libby spent a few days with us. It's been 18 years since I've lived with a 9-year-old, so I was a little rusty. Libby's mom had left a Ziploc bag with three glitter-coated dollar bills. "Libby lost a tooth today," she explained. "She knows only the sparkly bills are authentic Tooth Fairy (TF) currency. I put in extras in case she loses another tooth while she's here."
A flower garden runs the full length of our house and beyond. With several varieties of hostas and daylilies, spirea, thyme, cone flowers, salvia, and two or three varieties of sedum, the blooms of these perennials lure bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Daisies and Johnny-jump-ups creep in and fill empty spaces. In June, the peonies open like elaborate pop-up tissue paper decorations. Delicate pink and white bleeding hearts line the stems of the plant between the peonies.
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.