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This week, Watermark celebrates its fifth anniversary in this fine arts facility at 505 Bemidji Avenue North, a dream that started with an enthusiastic group of lovers of the arts in 1967. Fifty-five years later, the center is a focal point for the arts, serving not just the Bemidji area, but the nine counties and three tribal nations that surround it and the many visitors to the area from across the state and beyond.
Two historic runs collided into one mega-weekend at Chet Anderson Stadium on Nov. 18-20, where the BSU soccer and football programs hosted groundbreaking NCAA Tournament games at home on back-to-back-to-back days. But kudos are also in order for the army behind the scenes that made it function.
Entering Tuesday’s contest at 5-0 – the Lumberjacks’ best start in at least 21 seasons – Bemidji had hopes of matching up with Warroad, the reigning Class A state champions. But the Jacks instead ran into a humming buzzsaw, losing for the first time this season.
All anglers have been safely evacuated from Upper Red Lake according to a 3:20 p.m. update from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

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A Red Lake man has been sentenced to 144 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for a 2020 murder that took place in the Red Lake Nation. According to court documents, on Sept. 12, 2020, Ralph Edward Cloud, Jr., 38, killed his cousin, Allen Smith, in Smith’s home.
The narrowly tailored bill, which would require the federal government to recognize a marriage if it was legal in the state in which it was performed, is meant to be a backstop if the Supreme Court acted against same-sex marriage. It would not bar states from blocking same-sex or interracial marriages if the Supreme Court allowed them to do so.
The verdicts against Stewart Rhodes and four co-defendants came in the highest-profile trial so far to emerge from the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, with other high-profile trials due to begin next month.
The city of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department is now offering family game night kits.

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