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BEMIDJI—Vinyl records are making a big comeback, but the folks at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting were busy getting rid of them this past week. By the thousands. "People were stopping in this morning and taking them out by the armloads," said Mark Anderson, who has spent the past 35 years with the company as an engineer and fill-in deejay.
BEMIDJI—Vocalmotive is off to another strong start to the show choir season, and Bemidji area fans will have a chance to see the award-winning performance next weekend. The Bemidji High School show choir kicked off its season last weekend with a first runner-up finish at the Onalaska (Wis.) Showstoppers competition. Vocalmotive also won awards for best costumes and best choreography. Grand Champion was The Amazing Technicolor Show Choir from Omaha, Neb.
BEMIDJI—Mark Manney wanted all of his Andover High School hockey players to play in Saturday's Hockey Day Minnesota outdoor game. The Huskies drew the early morning game against defending state Class AA champion Minnetonka. Both teams were unbeaten in 17 games. "This game was all about the experience, not the result," said Manney, who grew up in Bemidji and later went on to pilot Air Force One for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "It was about making some memories."
BEMIDJI -- Long before there was a Sanford Center, or any other heated indoor arena, hockey was played outdoors in Bemidji. While this week’s Hockey Day Minnesota events take the game back outside, some local folks are reflecting on days gone by when stocking caps, long underwear and shovels were required to get the sport going in Bemidji.
BEMIDJI—It's not uncommon for sports coaches to have their own children on the team. The kids grow up watching their mom or dad coach the game. So it's no surprise that two of the members of the Bemidji High School a cappella and Chamber choirs are Christian and Conner Fettig. Their dad, Chris, has built the school's choral program into a powerhouse over the past 32 years.
BEMIDJI—The Watermark Art Center's "picture" window along Bemidji Avenue North has helped transform the organization since it moved into its new building one year ago. Visits are way up, gift shop and exhibit sales are up, programming has increased, artists from near and far are thrilled. And the staff and board members are beaming.
If you go What: "Seussical the Musical" When: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3. Shows at 7 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee at 1:30 p.m. (ASL interpretation available at matinee). Where: Bemidji High School Auditorium Tickets: $7 adults, $4 for students or children, available at www.bemidji.k12.mn.us or at the door.
BEMIDJI—Music fans who miss the once-vibrant Bemidji barbershop singing scene will have a chance to take a step back in time on Saturday, Oct. 13. The award-winning Great Northern Union Chorus, based in Richfield, will perform a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. It's the second of four events in this year's Bemidji Concert Series.
BEMIDJI—Brian Miller was on the East Coast last week performing with his Irish music band Bua. The group was on a concert tour of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.
BEMIDJI—An artist and a poet walk into a coffee shop. That's not the beginning of a joke. It's how a newly published book, "We Sit," came to life. Artist Marley Kaul and poet Taiju Geri Wilimek, both of Bemidji, share their talents in the contemplative book to be launched with a program at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Watermark Art Center.