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The 2018 Sankta Lucia Eva Laituri leads a procession on Thursday morning in the 43rd Annual Sankta Lucia Fest at Calvary Lutheran Church. T he event is hosted by the Bemidji affiliate of the American Swedish Institute, which chose Laituri as Sankta Lucia in part because she’s participated Sankta Lucia Fest for the past 12 years starting in the Tomte choir at age 4.
BEMIDJI -- A group of BSU students is trying to encourage healthy habits before the stress of finals hits this semester. On Tuesday, Lizzy Thurlow, a senior in BSU’s nursing program, led some of her fellow students through a five-minute guided meditation to jump-start the stress reduction.
The Bemidji Jaycees' Night We Light parade was held in downtown Bemidji on Friday night. The Night We Light Celebration continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today with Santa’s Workshop, which includes holiday treats, crafts and photos with Santa at the Tourist Information Center.
Buena Vista Ski Area began making snow within the past week and will officially open for the season this weekend. Special lift ticket and rental rates will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Buena Vista is located at 19600 Irvine Ave. NW. For updates, check Buena Vista’s website at www.bvskiarea.com , call (218) 243-2231 or follow Buena Vista on Facebook.
BEMIDJI -- Craig Gaasvig defeated Natalie Grosfield on Tuesday in the Beltrami County District 1 race. Keith Winger announced earlier this year he wouldn’t seek re-election. With all precincts reporting, Gaasvig garnered 54 percent of the vote and Grosfield had 46 percent. Gaasvig received 2,037 votes and Grosfield 1,709.
Dressed as a unicorn, Kynley Forbes, 2, tosses a bean bag with BSU hockey player Melissa Hunt while trick-or-treating in BSU’s Oak Hall on Wednesday. BSU and Northwest Technical College both hosted free Halloween events for children.
About 60 runners participated in the Boo Dash 5K on Saturday morning at the City Park Montebello Ski Trail.
Wojo's Rodeo Circuit Finals were held on Friday night at the Sanford Center. The event continues Saturday, Oct. 20. “Tough Enough to Wear Pink?” is the theme and for every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the Edith Sanford Breast Center at Sanford Health Bemidji. Doors open at 6 p.m. and action begins at 7.
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Children take off from the start of the Blue Ox 1/2K Kids Fun Run on Friday afternoon at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. A 1K, 5K and 10K were also held Friday. The Blue Ox Marathon, including the Half Marathon and the 26K Lake Loop, are set to kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, from the Sanford Center parking lot.