From the Archives: May 18 in the Pioneer
What was printed on this day 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
10 years ago
May 18, 2012 -- A legally blind kayaker from Ontario has started his solo trip down the Mississippi in Bemidji. Doug Pace, while not totally blind, only has a few degrees of central vision, but is still planning on kayaking the nearly 1,500-mile journey to New Orleans almost entirely by himself. He expects the trip to take 10 weeks.
25 years ago
May 18, 1997 -- Students from Colorado are helping flood evacuees in Bemidji. First and second graders from the town of Evergreen, Colo., have sent boxes full of food, clothing and school supplies to help those displaced by the flooding in the Red River Valley. In addition to supplies, they also sent hand-drawn letters of encouragement.
50 years ago
May 18, 1972 -- Volunteers and members of the Forestry Service battled a 60-acre fire in Beltrami County, which began near a railroad just south of Grace Lake. The fire was discovered at 2:40 p.m., and was under control by 5:30 p.m. Dennis Ingvaldson of the Division of Lands and Forestry urges extra caution to avoid further fires until the region receives rain.
100 years ago
May 18, 1922 -- Dr. Helen Heilscher addressed the Bemidji Civic and Commerce Association and spoke about the importance of providing for veterans. She said that the current treatment of returning soldiers was “unjust” and that the most they received was a “small sum of money and a ticket home.” She hopes by drawing attention to the issue changes can be made.