From the Archives: September 24 in the Pioneer

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

Pioneer Archives web art.jpg
We are part of The Trust Project.

10 years ago

September 24, 2012 -- Bemidji State University’s Education-Arts Building is being renamed in honor of former university president Jim Bensen, who served in the position from 1994 to 2001. Bensen, the only BSU alumnus to have become the university’s president, was a student-teacher in the building at the beginning of his career.

25 years ago

September 24, 1997 -- Vern Skretvedt was recognized for his work to make Northern Town Park what it is today, bringing it from an empty field to a park with a playground, basketball courts, and a baseball diamond. Skretvedt, who worked for years to help fundraise the initial project and later improvements, was recognized in a ceremony for his efforts.

50 years ago

September 24, 1972 -- A rash of crime hit Bemidji starting with the theft of a car that was later abandoned by a house subsequently burglarized with 12 guns stolen. Soon after, a father and son had their car struck with bullets, and the father was shot in the arm. He’s expected to recover, and the sheriff is asking for any information regarding these crimes.

100 years ago

September 24, 1922 -- Beltrami County is experiencing a series of crimes related to cows, as it seems a gang of men have made a habit of stealing and butchering heifers from local farms. At least three cows have been slaughtered in such a manner, and while one suspect is currently detained, the killings have continued.

Our newsroom sometimes reports stories under the byline "Pioneer Staff Report." This byline is used when reporters rewrite basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as an email or press release that requires little or no reporting.

Other times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.

For questions about a staff report, call (218) 333-9796 or email
What to read next
Attendees will also have a chance to learn about the services that Peacemaker Resources provides, which include social-emotional learning training for children, school staff, caregivers and other stakeholders throughout the community.
A Solway man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that dates back to 2019.
The Bemidji City Council is set to hold a public hearing on Truth in Taxation during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, providing citizens an opportunity to discuss and comment on the city’s taxation process.
Two local organizations, Greater Bemidji and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, have received funds from the state to go towards addressing the shortage of affordable child care in the area.