Matt Cory is the Editor of the Pioneer. Cory grew up in East Grand Forks and is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. He worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor at the Grand Forks Herald from 1993 to 2013, when he joined the Pioneer as Editor.
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The Bemidji Senior Activity Center’s monthly Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 216 Third St. NW. The “Best Pancakes in Town” are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. The meal includes juice, coffee and two sausages in addition to the pancakes. The Senior Creations Gift Shop will also be open.
Security Bank USA of Bemidji recently presented a check in support of the Bemidji Angel Fund 5K, which raises money for the Bemidji Area Schools Angel Fund that pays for school lunches that students are not able to afford because they do not meet the free lunch program qualification guidelines, a press release said. This event is scheduled for June 2 at Paul Bunyan Park.
ST. PAUL—A GOP House plan to fund new veterans homes in the state—including one in Bemidji—would tap excess funds from U.S. Bank Stadium, a plan that brought skepticism from Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday. The House State Government Finance Committee held a press conference Wednesday morning at the Capitol to describe how its bill would build veterans homes in Bemidji, Preston and Montevideo.
BEMIDJI — Without a full slate of commissioners present, the Beltrami County board still heard updates on several county initiatives Tuesday. Board members Tim Sumner, Keith Winger and Reed Olson were absent from Tuesday's work session. However, board members Richard Anderson and Jim Lucachick received reports from staff on the Blackduck transfer station project, as well as the regional Toward Zero Deaths safety campaign, county land survey systems and the Domestic Violence Court in the county.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Schools District School Board voted Monday to fill a vacancy on the board. Shawn Whiting was selected in a 3-2 voted to finish out the term of longtime board member Bill Faver, who retired in November. Faver's term expires at the end of 2018 and the seat will be up for election this November. With less than a year remaining on the term, state law requires the board to appoint a replacement rather than hold a special election.
BEMIDJI—The two organizations working to bring a new sports and wellness complex to Bemidji are taking a brief "pause" in the project to ensure all stakeholders, including the city, are on the same page. The $27 million facility, estimated at 175,000 square feet, will be located on Sanford Health's Bemidji campus and include three sections: a wellness center with aquatic space, a multi-use sports facility with a bubble roof and a two-sheet ice arena.
OFF SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. -- I am not a fisherman. So what the heck was I doing on a 30-foot fishing boat 30 miles from the California coast, strapped into a harness, clipped to a large rod-n-reel setup with a 500-pound Mako shark on the end of the line? Having the time of my life!
"20 years ago this week, my life changed forever." I presume that's a sentiment shared by many this week as the region remembers the great flood of 1997 that inundated Grand Forks-East Grand Forks and towns up and down the Red River of the North.
It really was the Drenched Dash at this year's Backwoods Bash in Blackduck on Saturday. For more photos, see next week's The American.
First off, this is not a column about politics or politicians or policies. It is not an endorsement of any one candidate or party. This column is about history. This column is about Tristen.