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Thousands gathered at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds on Wednesday for the first day of the fair.
The Blackduck Senior Center will host a sloppy Joe meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the center, 24 First St. SE.
Beltrami County's Three Island Park will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 15, for road construction on Three Island Lake Road.
Second Harvest Heartland will be hosting a Farm Bill listening session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Bemidji Public Library, so stakeholders and members of the public in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District can share their experiences and insights with federal lawmakers.

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Construction has begun to raise Bemidji’s Babe the Blue Ox by 15 inches to help improve drainage around the statue and his pal Paul Bunyan, preserving them for future generations.
The two easily defeated their primary challengers.
Northern Minnesota research published in the journal Nature found modest warming may devastate some tree species.
The Bemidji Sunrise and Noon Rotary Clubs are collaborating once again for their annual rose fundraiser. Roses can be pre-purchased from Rotarians directly. The cost is $15 per dozen and customers can choose between red or multi-colored roses.
Offered through the University of Minnesota, the Driven to Discover program, or D2D, will offer four days of surveys and other research with the goal of engaging fair-goers in the scientific process during the Beltrami County Fair, set for Aug. 10-14.
What was printed on this day 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

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Jason Riggs and Jarrett Walton will face off for the position of Beltrami County Sheriff in the November general elections, after the two received the majority votes in the Tuesday, Aug. 9 primary election.
Audrey Thayer and Ron Johnson will continue on in the race for the Bemidji City Council At-Large seat, having beat out two other candidates, including incumbent Daniel Jourdain, in the Tuesday, Aug. 9, primary election.
Joe Gould and Don Heinonen will face off to represent District 2 on the Beltrami County Board when the race continues in November after both made it through the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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