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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: October Surprise

Three rocks balance on each other on Lake Bemidji. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer) 1 / 6
Bemidji High School students cheer during a boys soccer Class A state quarterfinal game against Mankato West on Oct. 26 at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud. The Lumberjacks took the Scarlets to the brink of elimination after forcing overtime at 1-1, but the Scarlets prevailed 6-5 in penalty kicks. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer) 2 / 6
An eagle perches in a tree in Diamond Point Park during the first week of October. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer) 3 / 6
Three mallards swim along the Lake Bemidji shoreline in late October. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 4 / 6
Runners reach the Paul Bunyan State Trail during the Blue Ox Marathon in early October. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 5 / 6
The Bemidji High School soccer team floods the field after winning the Section 8A Championship on Oct. 20 against Hillcrest Academy at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 6 / 6

October is when the weather really turns to fall in the Bemidji area, and the sports seasons are in full swing; take a look at how Pioneer photographers Maggi Stivers and Jillian Gandsey captured the moments of October. Check out this feature each month in the Pioneer.