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History Mystery set for Monday in Bemidji

Six historical figures from Bemidji’s past were portrayed by volunteer actors during the second annual History Mystery held in 2015 at the Beltrami County History Center. Pictured is Cate Belleveau, who portrayed Mary Hemingway, showing a clue to a group of play “detectives” as they help solve the murder. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI—The History Mystery is returning again this New Year's Eve.

On Monday, Dec. 31, starting at 4 p.m., the Beltrami County Historical Society will host the whodunit event at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

Attendees can become assistant detectives as they help solve a case. Here's the particulars:

The Depot Agent was found murdered at the Great Northern Depot shortly after its grand opening in 1912. Six local historical figures are the prime suspects. Was it the accomplished nurse? The shoe salesman or hairdresser? The undertaker?

Much like the classic game of "Clue," combined with local history, attendees will help solve the mystery by interviewing the suspects and exploring the Depot for clues. Prizes are awarded for first, second or third place.

Historical costumes encouraged. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the game starts at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members. One ticket for children age 12 and younger free with each paid adult. Refreshments will be served.

Purchase tickets in advance at the Beltrami County History Center, Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., or by calling (218) 444-3376, or online at

All proceeds help underwrite history programming and education.