Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI -- The Northwest Minnesota Foundation recently selected the communities of Warroad and Halstad to receive grant funding and other supportive services through their new Communities Thrive program. They were selected through a application and site visit process. These communities will be eligible to receive grant funding up to $100,000 over two years. Low-interest loans are also available to support projects that enhance the community’s quality of life or create opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Tuesday: Fire 8:22 p.m. A deputy assisted with a vehicle on fire at Bemidji High School. Warrant 7:54 p.m. A 30-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant on U.S. Highway 2. 5:27 p.m. A 61-year-old man was arrested in the 9900 block of Irvine Ave. NW on a warrant. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls Tuesday: Domestic Assault
Headwaters plans after-school art clubs BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, will sponsor after-school art clubs for children in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning in January. Art elements and principles, techniques and critique are some of the focus of the clubs, which will be split up by age. Kindergarteners through second graders will meet from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Tuesday and grades 3-6 will meet from 3:15-4:15 on Thursdays.
WASKISH -- There will be an Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Visitor Center at Big Bog State Recreation Area, 55716, State Highway 72 in Waskish. The Donald Nelson family will make a stop at the park during their annual tour of Waskish. Complete with snowmobile suits, boots and helmets to match their machines, the family will reminisce about trips from days gone by.
ROSEAU -- The Bemidji High School girls hockey team may have been distracted Tuesday night by the prospect of playing outdoors as part of Hockey Day Minnesota. The Lumberjacks were thumped 14-1 by Roseau in a road contest. The Rams scored eight goals in the first period en route to the blowout victory. Gracie Fisher buried the Lumberjacks’ lone goal of the night. Eva Laituri assisted on the power-play goal that made it 6-1 at the 9:44 mark of the first period.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Lumberjack wrestling team faced off in a four-team quadrangular meet Tuesday that included Brainerd, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus and Hibbing. Bemidji struggled at the start, falling to Brainerd 42-25, however, the Lumberjacks would bounce back by beating Hibbing 61-12. A strong win by Peter Moen with a 5-1 decision helped propel Bemidji to the victory.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The Bemidji boys swimming and diving team beat Thief River Falls by a total team score of 118-50. The Lumberjacks were propelled by a standout performance in the 200-yard medley relay. The Lumberjacks would go on to take both first (2:10.08) and second (2:10.59) in the event. The 400 free relay teams also swept the top two spots, finishing with times of 3:53.31 and 3:55.47.
GRAND RAPIDS -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team bested Grand Rapids by a score of 69-59 Tuesday night. The Lumberjacks started off slow in the first half, keeping the game in reach for the Thunderhawks. That all changed once the second half arrived as the Lumberjacks offense caught a spark and would go on to assume a 16-point lead at one point in the second half.
BEMIDJI -- Three members of the Bemidji State football team were selected to the 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team, which was released Tuesday. Senior defensive back Gunner Olszewski earned two spots on the list as a first-team selection at safety and a third-team selection as a kick return specialist. Senior center Parker Blakeslee and junior offensive guard Nick Niemi each landed on the third-team offense.
BEMIDJI -- Sophomore Lydia Passolt has been named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Forward of the Week for her three-point performance in the Bemidji State women’s hockey team’s series against Minnesota Duluth last weekend. Passolt provided the Beavers (8-14-1, 5-8-1-0 WCHA) with two goals and one assist to tie for third in league scoring for the weekend.