From the Archives: September 17 in the Pioneer

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

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10 years ago

September 17, 2012 -- Kendra Olson, a transgender woman living in Bemidji, recounts her and her wife’s journey to find a new and accepting church to call home. After coming out, the Olsons were able to find community with members of Bemidji First Lutheran Church, where they feel not just accepted, but embraced.

25 years ago

September 17, 1997 -- Arson is suspected in the fire of a vacant house on Mississippi Avenue in Bemidji after firefighters were called to the blaze late at night and spent two hours getting it under control. The fire marshall stated that the strength of the blaze suggested accelerants. This is the second fire to occur in that building in recent months.

50 years ago

September 17, 1972 -- Fourty-one law enforcement officers from across northern Minnesota have arrived in Bemidji to take part in an eight-week special training course that will cover everything from emergency childbirth to marksmanship. The training is mandatory for new officers that serve communities with populations over 1,000 people.

100 years ago

September 17, 1922 -- As the nationwide railroad strike has come to an end, employees are returning to work, including locally. After an agreement was struck between each of the involved parties, local railroad employees were rehired to the Minnesota and International Shop and train service is returning to Bemidji.

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A 16-year-old from Cass Lake has been taken into custody after driving his car off a steep embankment into Lake Bemidji during a vehicle pursuit on Saturday night.
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