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WHAT'S IN A NAME: Does the area have some odd street names? Yaubetcha

Between Yaubetcha Lane south of town and Uffda Lane on the north end, the state’s vernacular shines through loud and clear in Bemidji-area street names.

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Lefsa Lane is just one of a handful of odd street names in the Bemidji area.
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Editor's note: This is part of a 20-story series titled "What's in a name?" completed by Pioneer reporters for our 2022 Annual Report. Read more of the section by clicking the embed at the bottom of this article.

Between Yaubetcha Lane south of town and Uffda Lane on the north end, the state’s vernacular shines through loud and clear in Bemidji-area street names.

Throw Lefse Lane into the mix, and the heritage starts to break through, too.

It takes a Daredevil Drive to venture down Fishy Waters outside of Cass Lake, which could get tricky if you find yourself on the nearby Riddle Road instead. Fortunately, the routes still offer more leeway than Last Chance Lane and beats the prospect of Nearlya Road.

If you don’t have any success finding Hidden Road, a short venture back to Leprechaun Drive and Shamrock Court could bring the luck of the Irish back to you.


You don’t need to travel through Apollo, Crest, Challenger or Voyager courts to reach Mars Lane, Mercury Lane and Venus Drive, but if you didn’t go Yesterday Lane, you may want to wait until Tomorrow Lane.

And, over the holidays, Santa Claus can bring presents to Christmas Point Road in Walker and Reindeer Court in Shevlin within a split second, not even needing to use a Shortcut Lane.

Even local mascots are represented on the region’s street signs with Beaver and Lumberjack roads. But Timberwolf Trail, Viking Court and Lynx Road are all represented, as well. Other recreational activities are included, too, from Walleye Drive to Paint Brush Drive, and yes: even Stoner Avenue.

Despite there being an abundance of oddball names among the Greater Bemidji streets, they’re still easy to miss if your eyes aren’t peeled. After all, these roads only come once in a Blue Moon Lane.

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Micah Friez is the sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he joined the Pioneer in 2015 and is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.
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