From the Archives: Aug. 31 in the Pioneer
What was printed on this day 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
10 years ago
August 31, 2012 -- Mary Kobilka has been named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Bemidji Education Association. Kobilka is an eighth-grade math teacher at Bemidji Middle School where she’s taught the subject for 18 years. Her nomination included praise for the attention she gives students and how she challenges them to do their best.
25 years ago
August 31, 1997 -- Local senior citizen Marian Qvern placed second in the Minnesota State Spelling Bee, held in Redwing, Minn. Qvern went 22 rounds in the competition before misspelling the word “canard.” She was beaten by Barbara Betcher, who won by correctly spelling the word “horologist.”
50 years ago
August 31, 1972 -- Police were sent to investigate a report of a “big black bear” wandering down 15th Street in Bemidji after a resident reported seeing the creature while driving down the street in his pickup truck. The man who reported it estimated the bear’s height at 6 feet standing up, but when police arrived they found no sign of it.
100 years ago
August 31, 1922 -- The Bemidji Boys’ Band will make the trip down to the Twin Cities to play at the Minnesota State Fair, starting off with a two-hour performance in front of an anticipated audience of thousands at Minnehaha Park. The band has been preparing for the concert all summer to represent Bemidji well.