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Bellanger and Affield to present at Bemidji Speaks

Tim Bellanger will be presenting SomeDay as part of a Bemidji Speaks presentation on Tuesday, June 11, at the Bemidji Public Library. Submitted photo.

The Bemidji Public Library and Bemdji Speaks recently announced that Tim Bellanger and Wendell Affield will be presenting "SomeDay" at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW.

Bemidji Speaks is a local lecture series that is set up similar to a TedTalk, but on a smaller scale. Instead of spending resources outside the community, Bemidji Speaks looks to draw on the immense level of local talent in Bemidji to inform and educate the community, a release said. This monthly lecture series will bring local authors, historians, and members of the community to the library to inform, educate and enlighten.

This month's program will feature established local author Wendell Affield, and a new writer, Tim Bellanger from White Earth, who recently was a resident at the St. Cloud Correctional Institution. Bellanger began a correspondence with Affield while in prison. Their letters form the narrative of the night.

Bellanger and Affield tell the tale of a man looking for redemption, and wanting to help others make the right choices. In his application for a Minnesota Arts Board grant, Bellanger stated that the mistakes he has made in the past are his to own, but what gives him a purpose is to help other people understand how mistakes continue to have consequences.

Bellanger is not looking for justice or someone else to blame, but rather hopes to share his experiences with a diverse audience, with a special emphasis on at risk youth, the release said. By sharing his story he hopes to show others how mistakes and bad decisions have far-reaching consequences.