From the Archives: November 23 in the Pioneer

What was printed on this day 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

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10 years ago

November 23, 2012 -- A fire at the Birchwood Color Center in Bemidji was reported early Thanksgiving morning. Over 30 firefighters from Bemidji, Cass Lake and Blackduck responded, fighting the blaze for several hours. The estimated damage to the building is thought to be around $410,000.

25 years ago

November 23, 1997 -- The opening day of First Student Bank at Bemidji High School saw a very high-profile visitor, as Lt. Gov. Joanne Benson stopped by to meet with the students running the organization. The bank, which has taken over a year of preparation, is run by 24 students in a business course at the high school.

50 years ago

November 23, 1972 -- After 60% of the school district’s buses failed an initial safety inspection, the Bemidji Area School Board has agreed to purchase two more 66-passenger buses to meet the dire need. The district operates 35 buses to transport its students, and 21 of these did not meet safety standards.

100 years ago

November 23, 1922 -- In an impressive collaboration between Bemidji and Blackduck authorities, two automotive thieves from Duluth have been apprehended. The two men, and their two stolen vehicles, were caught in the respective cities and spent the night detained. They were transferred back to Duluth in the morning.

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