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FYIBemidji 2018 Your easy-to-use source of information about living in the Bemidji Area

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DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS Automotive Exhaust Pros 227 Adams Ave. NW 759-1264 See ad on Page 39 NAPA Auto Parts 2401 Middle School Rd. NW 444-6272 See ad on Page 30 Northdale Oil 8001 Irvine Ave. N. 444-8000 2202 Division St. W. 444-7500 See ad on Page 31 Northwest Tire 402 Paul Bunyan Drive S. 751-3661 See ad on Page 29

Banks Bank Forward 700 Paul Bunyan Dr. S 444-2393 See ad on Page 10 Citizens State Bank Midwest 1060 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-3486 See ad on Page 19 First National Bank Bemidji 1600 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 429 Minnesota Ave. NW 607 Washington Ave. S (Lueken’s South) 751-2430 See ad on back cover

First Lutheran Church 900 Bemidji Ave. N 444-5302 See ad on Page 23

Communications Midco 314 3rd St. NW 800-888-1300 See ad on Page 9 Paul Bunyan Communications 1831 Anne St. NW 444-1234 See ad on Page 27

Education Bemidji State University 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE 755-2040 See ad on Pages 20 and 21 Northwest Technical College 905 Grant Ave. SE 333-6600 See ad on Pages 20 and 21

Employment Services Always There Staffing 2522 Hannah Ave. NW 444-6533 See ad on Page 15

Entertainment/ Meeting Space

Home Care


Accra Care 1426 Bemidji Ave. N 308-8680 See ad on Page 2

Bemidji Pioneer 1320 Neilson Ave. SE 333-9200 See ad on Page 33

Hotels/Meeting Space Hampton Inn & Suites 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive NE 751-3600 See ad on Page 25

Pets & Supplies Pets Plus 2014 Anne St. NW 444-4738 See ad on Page 12


Plumbing & Heating

American Family Insurance/ Miller & Associates, Inc. 1425 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-5351 See ad on Page 14

Dick’s Plumbing & Heating 427 Mag Seven Court SW 751-4964 See ad on Page 12

Headwaters Mutual Insurance 908 Paul Bunyan Drive SE 444-2090 See ad on Page 30

Amity Graphics 481 Mag 7 Court SW #8 444-2526 See ad on Page 24

Jerry Downs Farmers Insurance 1425 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 333-3555 jeremiah-downs See ad on Page 31

Real Estate

Linen/Apparel Services

Restaurants/Ice Cream

AmeriPride 300 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE 751-5150 See ad on Page 11

Big River Scoop 219 Bemidji Ave. N. 444-3898 See ad on Page 28

Liquor Stores


Richard Phelps Century 21 1085 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 766-5263 See ad on Page 33

Dairy Queen/DQ Grill & Chill 700 Paul Bunyan Drive SE 444-2108 Paul Bunyan Mall 751-0977 See ad on Page 29

Security BankUSA 1025 Paul Bunyan Dr NW 104 4th St. NW 751-1510 See ad on Page 13

VenuWorks of Bemidji Sanford Center 1111 Event Center Drive NE 444-4000 See ad on Page 26

Children/Family Services


North Homes Children and Family Services 4225 Technology Dr. NW 751-0282 See ad on Page 8

Lakeview Liquors 510 Paul Bunyan Dr. NE 751-3911 See ad on Page 6

Gym Bin 928 Washington Ave. SE 444-3547 See ad on Page 36

Northern Liquor 3324 Bemidji Ave. N 751-3312 See ad on Page 11




Ace on the Lake 600 Paul Bunyan Dr. S 751-1506 See ad on Page 39

InBemidji Magazine 1320 Neilson Ave. SE 333-9200 See ad on Page 38

Paul Bunyan Transit 706 Railroad St. SE 751-8765 See ad on Page 28

Health Care

Movie Theaters

Dermatology Professionals 2300 24th St. NW #110 444-3998 See ad on Page 33

Bemidji Theater 5284 Theater Lane NW 759-0324 See ad on Page 32

Churches Calvary Lutheran Church 2508 Washington Ave. SE 751-1893 See ad on Page 22 Eckankar The Path of Spiritual Freedom ECK Light and Sound Services 218-467-3302, See ad on Page 22

Bemidji Discount Liquors 504 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-8868 See ad on Page 6

Retail Stores Morell’s Chippewa Trading Post 301 Bemidji Ave. N. 751-4321 See ad on Page 32 The Old Schoolhouse 2335 Monroe Ave SW 751-4723 See ad on Page 37

Veterans Services Beltrami County Veterans Services 616 America Ave. NW #140 333-4177 Veterans/Veterans.html See ad on Page 10

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Enjoy your ‘FYI Bemidji’ “For Your Information” is what this publication is all about. It includes everything from renewing your driver’s license to finding a restaurant. This is the 17th year the Bemidji Pioneer has published “FYI Bemidji.” We have updated its look and its content in an e�ort to make it an even more valuable publication. We hope you find it to be a useful reference throughout the next year. Our hope is that you will keep your copy of “FYI Bemidji” in a handy place and use it often. Thanks to everyone who provided information and to the advertisers who made it possible to publish “FYI Bemidji.” Please let them know you appreciate it, too. A directory of advertisers can be found on Page 3. We appreciate your feedback. Call us at 3339200 or send an e-mail to to let us know what you think about “FYI Bemidji.” Dennis Doeden Bemidji Pioneer Publisher

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About Bemidji 37 Airport/Airlines 13, 25 Arts/Entertainment 26-27 Attractions 24 Audubon Society 30 Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce 22 Beltrami County Government 14 Bemidji City Government 14 Bemidji Public Schools 16 Bemidji State University 17 Bicycling 30 Blood Donation 5 Boat Launch Locations 31 Boat Licenses 7 Building Permits 12 Bus Service 25 Business Directory 3 Cable Television Providers 9 Calendar of Events 39 Campgrounds 30 Charter Schools 19 Child Care 7 Children’s Services 35 Churches 23 Clinics 35-36 Clothing Assistance/Donations 5 Community Profile 36 Community Organizations 34 Directory of Advertisers 3 Dog and Cat Licenses 7 Drivers Licenses 7 Elected Officials 14-15 Emergency Numbers 6 Extension Service 5 Farm Service Agency 13 Fire Department 10 Fitness Centers 30 Food Shelf 7 Frequently Asked Questions 37 Garbage Collection 5 Golf Courses 31 Greater Bemidji 22 Health Care 35-36 Hospital 35 Human Services 13


Lake Bemidji State Park 32 Library Services 22 License Plates 7 Marriage Licenses 5 Minnesota State Government 15 Museums 24 Newspaper 9 Northwest Technical College-Bemidji 18 Oak Hills Christian College 18 Optivation 18 Outdoor Program Center 30 Parks 30, 32 Passports 6 Police Department 10 Post Office 6 Preschools 18 Private/Parochial Schools 19 Public Safety 10 Radio Stations 9 Recreation 30-32 Recreational Vehicle Licenses 7 Restaurant Guide 28-29 Sanford Center 29 Senior Activity Center 5 Sheriff’s Department 11 Shooting Ranges 31 Skating/Hockey Rinks 31 Skiing 32 Snowmobiling 32 Social Security 13 Soil & Water Conservation District 13 Sports Organizations 30-32 Square Dancing 32 Support Groups 34 Taxi Service 25 Television Station 9 Township Government 15 United States Government 15 United Way 5 Utilities 8 Visit Bemidji 22 Voter Information 6 Weather 9 Websites 33 Woodcarving 32

Contributors: Matt Cory, Ryan Pietruszewski, Jordan Shearer, Matthew Liedke, Austin Monteith, Jillian Gandsey, Joe Bowen, Grace Pastoor, Chris Johnson, Mollie Burlingame, James Hanson, Shelly Willison, Elizabeth Grundy, Abby Randall, Barry Karpinski.

SERVICES Donating blood

United Way

Memorial Blood Centers

716 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-8929

Memorial Blood Centers hosts blood drives in the Bemidji area. To schedule an appointment call (218) 723-8080 or visit

The United Way of Bemidji Area is a community organization that works to fulfill people’s basic needs and rehabilitation, promote health and healing, assist people in crisis, nurture children and youth and support older people. The director is Denae Alamano. Throughout the year, the United Way of Bemidji Area sponsors many programs that benefit the Bemidji community including Coats for the Community, Boost America!, Holiday Gifts for Kids, National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, Someone Special Volunteer Program and Volunteer Recognition Reception. For more information about these programs, call Shannon Combs at 444-8929.

Red Cross The Red Cross Blood Service holds blood drives about twice a year at various locations. The Red Cross sends blood to wherever there is a shortage.

United Blood Services United Blood Services also hosts blood drives in the Bemidji area. You can make an appointment to give blood at or by calling (877) 8274376.

Clothing assistance St. Philip’s Clothing Depot 125 8th St. NW 444-3835

The St. Philip’s Clothing Depot gives and sells clothing and some household items at greatly reduced prices. The one-level handicap-accessible depot has a free section and houses reduced-price goods, clothing, crafts and holiday items. Donations are welcome, but call ahead. The depot is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 444-3835 for more information. Seventh-Day Adventist Clothing Center and Thrift Shop 810 15th St. NW 751-1985

The Seventh-Day Adventist Clothing Center and Thrift Shop has clothing and other household items for sale; some items are free. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations may be made at the center’s drop-o� closet from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Garbage collection Waste Management o�ers commercial weekly professional garbage removal service (including recyclables). Call 751-2052 for more information. Beltrami County residents may take their garbage and recyclables to the Waste Management of Bemidji transfer station, located in the Industrial Park at 751 Industrial Park Drive SE. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call 751-1668 or 766-0563 for information. Recycling bins are placed at the following locations: on the north edge of Herberger’s parking lot at the Paul Bunyan Mall; at Northdale Oil (formerly Tom’Stop) on Irvine Avenue just north of the Highway 71 underpass; at 519 Anne St. NW at Supreme Lumber; and at 2815 Ridgeway Ave. NW. Recycling transfer stations are also around Beltrami County. For locations visit

Beltrami County Extension 7223 Fairgrounds Rd. NW Suite 7A 444-5722 Open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The University of Minnesota Extension is the major outreach arm of the U of M, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. U of M Extension o�ces, in partnership with local government, are located in most of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Extension programs include 4-H clubs, youth after school programs, Master Gardener volunteers, nutrition education, homemakers clubs and Parents Forever.

Marriage licenses Applications for marriage licenses can be filled out in the License Center, Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. NW. Both people comprising the couple must be present to apply; bring a photo ID. License fee is $115 or $40 with 12 hours of premarital counseling; and it’s good for six months anywhere in Minnesota. Call 333-4148 for more information. Hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Senior Activity Center 216 Third St. NW 751-8836

The mission of the Senior Activity Center is to provide opportunities for older adults to develop and sustain their potential as individuals and citizens of the community. The purpose is to meet the needs of seniors for fellowship, learning, information and recreation, and to work cooperatively with other agencies in serving the needs of older adults. The center hosts many educational presentations, holds several fundraisers and provides numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The center is a membership organization. Call the number above for details on becoming a member. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. FYIBemidji // 2018 // 5



Voter registration

Passports are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Beltrami County License Center in the Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. NW, Suite 100. Individuals must fill out a passport application, which requires they produce a certified birth certificate or a previous passport, as well as a photo ID and two identical passport photos. The agency also o�ers a passport photo service. The fee is $110 for adults 16 and older or $80 for those 15 and younger, plus an extra $25 execution fee the courthouse charges. Passports take about six weeks to process. For faster service, an additional $60 is charged. Passport cards are $30 for adults and $15 for minors. For details, call 333-4148.

Fill out a voter registration card and return it in person or by mail to your county auditor or the secretary of state. Voter registration forms are available at county courthouses, city halls and other public buildings, in many telephone books or in your state tax booklet (in even-numbered years) or download at: http://sos. You may also register to vote when you apply for or renew your Minnesota driver’s license or state identification card. Voters can now register online at If you are unable to register in advance, you can still register on Election Day at your polling place. You will need proof of your identity and the address where you are living on Election Day.

Emergency numbers

Post Office

Emergencies: 911

Bemidji Post Office 401 Irvine Ave. NW 751-1059

Road Conditions: 800-542-0220 or 511 Minnesota Poison Control: 800-222-1222

Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Beltrami County Sheriff: 333-9111

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SERVICES Vehicle/boat licenses License plates for cars, pickups and other vehicles are available at the Beltrami County License in the Beltrami County Administration Building, located at 701 Minnesota Ave. NW Suite 100, (218) 333-4148. O�ce hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday. Booklets listing the various fees and operation regulations are available at the o�ce. The fees for registering cars and trucks vary widely. Motorcycles and other vehicles also must be registered, as well as campers, trailers, ATVs, snowmobiles and boats. To register a snowmobile you must be at least 18 years old. The registration is valid from July 1 through June 30. The three-year registration for trail use is $111.00 and non-trail use is $53.50. Registration is not required for a snowmobile registered in another state or country and used in Minnesota for a period of 30 days or less. They must have a snowmobile state trail sticker when operating in state and grant-in-aid trails, which costs $51.00 and is valid from November 1 - June 30 of each year. To register an ATV/OHM/ORV you must be at least 18 years old. The basic ATV renewal registration is $66.00 for three years. Registration is not required for recreational motor vehicles registered in another state or country and used in Minnesota for a period of 30 days or less. Watercraft registration fees vary according to the size of the boat and whether they are motorized or not. The license is good for three years. Watercrafts registered in another state and kept in Minnesota for a period of 90 consecutive days or fewer are exempt. Also exempt are boats used during duck hunting season, rice boats during ricing season and nonmotorized watercraft 10 feet in length or less.

Child care Child Care Aware in Moorhead, Minn., helps families find high-quality, accessible child care in the area. Call (888) 3083224 or visit

Food Shelf 1260 Exchange Ave. SE (218) 444-6580

The Bemidji Community Food Shelf serves individuals and families living within Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District who are experiencing food insecurity. Those needing assistance may visit the food shelf once per calendar month and must show proof of residence within the service area. Monetary and food donations are welcome, as are volunteers from the community. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the third Monday of the month.

Drivers licenses The Bemidji Drivers License Exam Station, located at 111 Second St. NW, (218) 308-2940, is open from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday for written drivers’

exams and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for general business. Before obtaining a driver’s license, a person must pass a knowledge test, a vision check and a road test. A driver moving into Minnesota from out of state or Canada, or someone whose Minnesota license has expired for more than one year, but less than five years, will not be required to take the road test. When applying for a license, people need identification with full name and date of birth. To take the road test, you must show ID, provide your own vehicle for the test and have correctly operating safety equipment. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver’s Manual is available online at Renewals at the exam stations and County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Dog and cat licensing It is unlawful for any owner to own, keep, harbor or maintain any dog or cat, over four months of age, within the city, without having obtained a license from the city of Bemidji. Pet Licenses may be obtained at City Hall, 317 4th Street NW, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You will need to bring the following items with you when registered your pet(s): The pet owner is required to provide the owner’s name and address, telephone number, the name, breed, color and sex of each dog or cat owned or kept and being licensed. Rabies immunization. All dog and/or cat licenses shall be issued only upon presentation of a certificate issued by a veterinarian, licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Minnesota, showing rabies immunization of the animal for at the least the term of the license. Costs for spayed or neutered dogs or cats are $10 each and $25 for animals that are not spayed or neutered. To better serve the citizens of the City of Bemidji and Beltrami County, there is an Animal Care section of the City of Bemidji website online at Click on Lost & Found Pets. Lost pets can be reported on the site as well by calling the Beltrami County Dispatcher at (218) 333-9111. The City of Bemidji Animal Control can be reached at (218) 333-9111 and the Dolf Corvelli, Animal Control for Bemidji, Northern, Frohn, Grant Valley, Ten Lakes, Port Hope Townships and City of Tenstrike can be reached at (218) 760-6651. Other means of reporting lost or found animals are: City of Bemidji Pound at (218) 3339111; Animal Care Clinic, (218)759-2222; Great River Rescue, (218) 751-7910; RP Broadcasting Radio Stations, (218)751-7910; Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, (218)444-1500 and Minnesota Public Radio, (218)751-8864. The Bemidji Pioneer will publish free of charge any found animals that you have. The Pioneer can be reached at (218) 333-9200.

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City of Bemidji utilities

Utility providers

The purpose of the Bemidji Public Works Department is to maintain the city’s streets and water, sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure. The city also provides refuse removal service. The director of public works and city engineer is Craig Gray, 333-1850. City services are billed monthly to the City Utilities Department on one bill. Residents should receive their bill on the first of each month. Payment is due by the 21st of the month. If the 21st falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, payment may be made to the city on the next work day without penalty being assessed. A complete fee structure is available at the city’s website: Payment can be made through automatic bank withdrawal, by mail and at the payment drop box on the Fourth Street Northwest side of City Hall. In-person payments can be made between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the front desk in City Hall by cash, check, MasterCard, Discover or Visa. Bills also can be paid online at the city’s website.

Otter Tail Power, 751-3120, supplies electricity to residents within the Bemidji city limits and around the perimeter of Lake Bemidji. Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 444-2540, provides service to a large area surrounding the city. Beltrami Electric Cooperative, dating from 1940, serves more than 16,200 members in a 3,000-squaremile area extending from east of Bagley to Bena and from Walker to Waskish. Otter Tail has its corporate headquarters in Fergus Falls. The company was established in Minnesota in 1907 as an electric utility. Otter Tail provides electricity to about 128,500 people in 424 communities. The area gas companies that supply propane are the Bemidji Co-op Association, 751-4260; Lakes Gas, 759-0141; and Northdale Oil, 444-8000. Minnesota Energy Resources supplies natural gas. The company can be reached for 24-hour emergency service at 800-889-4970 or non-emergency customer service at 800-889-9508. The Bemidji Co-op Association also supplies fuel oil. Other fuel oil suppliers in the area are Bemidji Oil & Propane, 444-5522, and Cash Oil, 751-5471.


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Cable providers

Weather information

Bemidji Pioneer 1320 Neilson Ave. SE 333-9200


Bemidji Climate

Television station Lakeland PBS PBS 751-3407

314 3rd St. NW 800-888-1300

KBHP KB101 101.1---------------------- Country KKWB Coyote 102.5 ------------------- Country KKBJ The Mix 103.7 ---------------------- Rock KBUN 104.5 ------------------------------Sports KBJI 106.3 -----------------------------Religious KKEQ QFM 107.1/94.9 ---------------Christian

Average Annual Temperature -------------------37.2° Average Annual Rainfall -------------------- 23.8” Average Annual Snowfall -------------------- 41.1” Average Annual Humidity ------------------- 47% Coldest Month: January — average daily high: +16 degrees, average daily low: -4 Warmest Month: July — average daily high: 79 degrees, average daily low: 57 Average date of first frost---------------- Sept. 10 Average date of last frost -----------------May 25 Average day Lake Bemidji freezes over --------------------------------- Dec. 5 Average day ice goes off Lake Bemidji -------------------------- April 26 5-day forecast ----------------------Call 751-7400

AM Stations


WBKK 820 ----------------------------Religious KPMI 1300 -------------------------------Sports KKBJ 1360---------------------------------- Talk KBUN 1450 ------------------------------Sports

Bemidji elevation 1,365 feet

Paul Bunyan Communications 1831 Anne St. NW 444-1234

Radio stations FM Stations KCRB (MPR) 88.5 -------------------- Classical KBSB 89.7------------------------------- Top 40 KOJB 90.1 The Eagle -------- Native American KBXE 90.5---------------Northern Community KNBJ (MPR) 91.3 ------------------------ News WMIS 92.1 ----------------------Contemporary KBHW 92.7 ---------------------------Religious KOPJ 93.5 -----------------------------Religious KKZY KZY-FM 95.5 ------------Contemporary WBJI Real Country 98.3 -------------- Country KLLZ Z99-FM 99.1 -------------- Classic Rock

Latitude/Longitude Bemidji 47:28:25 N 094:52:48 W Lake Bemidji 47:30:10 N 094:51:00 W

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PUBLIC SAFETY Bemidji Police Department

Bemidji Fire

Non-emergencies: 333-9111 Emergencies: 911

Business: 751-8001 Emergencies: 911

The Bemidji Police Department consists of a force of 33 full-time o�cers led by Police Chief Michael Mastin. There are also two administrative support sta�. O�cers respond to all public safety and tra�c calls, and four full-time detectives investigate crime. They are equipped with defibrillators in their squad cars. Parking is enforced all day by two parking o�cers. Two full-time o�cers, Randy Moyer and Jon Hunt, serve as school liaisons. Hunt also teaches DARE courses and drug education. Tom Charboneau and Tabitha Carrigan are the community service o�cers. Charboneau also serves as animal control o�cer. A SWAT team makes high-risk arrests and entries, as well as serves search warrants. The police department is a member of and has an o�cer assigned to the four-county Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.



Your First Stop for Any Veteran Related Issue, Question or Concern.

• Disability Compensation • Non-Service Connected Pension • Vocational Rehabilitation • Burial & Death Benefits • Home Loan Guaranty • Widow’s/Death Pension • Educational Benefits • VA Life Insurance • National Cemetery • Healthcare/Medical

Scotty Allison,

Veterans Service Officer

218.333.4178 616 America Ave. NW Suite 140 Bemidji, MN

If you are looking for additional information, please call 1-888-LINKVET

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The Bemidji Fire Department, 318 Fifth St. NW, consists of seven full-time firefighters who are on duty 24 hours a day, full-time Fire Chief Dave Hoefer and 40 paid-on-call firefighters. The Bemidji Rural Fire Association partners with the City of Bemidji to provide fire protection for the Bemidji area. The department covers city climits, 15 townships and the communities of Wilton and Turtle River. The total fire department service area covers 522 square miles that include approximately 35,000 people. The fire department answers about 2,000 calls per year. A full list of the fire department’s equipment can be found on its website. To schedule tours, call the department’s business number, 751-8001. The mobile fire safety training house is available to communities and events for fire safety training during spring and summer months. The fire department has three stations. Station 1 is located at 318 Fifth St. NW and two substations are located at 312 Lake Avenue SE and 3810 Moberg Dr. NW.

PUBLIC SAFETY Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Non-emergencies: 333-9111 Emergencies: 911

The Beltrami County Sheri�’s O�ce is led by Sheri� Phil Hodapp and is located in the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center, 613 Minnesota Ave. NW. The Sheri�’s O�ce works to enforce all federal, state and local laws, as well as being responsible for the provision of other services to the public through all divisions of the Sheri�’s O�ce: field patrol deputies, criminal investigators, civil process o�cers, 911 communications o�cers, baili�s, corrections o�cers, records technicians, boat and water and snowmobile patrol o�cers, emergency management and administrative sta�. The Beltrami County Sheri�’s O�ce sta� includes a chief deputy, four investigators, 19 full-time patrol deputies, 33 jail corrections o�cers and five records technicians. Deputies patrol 3,000 square miles in Beltrami County and more than 1.5 million acres of land and 62,887 acres of water and rivers. The records department is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 333-4187. Commander Robert Billings heads the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, a cooperative e�ort on behalf

of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Mahnomen counties, the cities of Bemidji and Park Rapids, Leech Lake and White Earth reservations, the Bureau of Indian A�airs and the United States Border Patrol. There are 16 full-time agents assigned to the task force.


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PUBLIC SAFETY Building permits makes recommendations to the Joint Planning Board, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month.

City of Bemidji Building Department, City Hall, 759-3573

Building permits are required whenever a structure is altered in a way that is regulated by the building code. Some examples are adding a room, building a garage or deck, finishing a basement, replacing windows or siding and remodeling involving the removal or replacement of Sheetrock or plaster. A mechanical permit is needed for furnace replacement. Examples of work that does not require a permit are painting, wallpapering, replacement of kitchen cabinets or vanities and the installation of carpeting or vinyl or wood floors. Typically, permits will be issued at City Hall within 72 hours of submission of required data. Fees are based on the value of construction. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board will review setbacks and zoning regulations. If plans do not meet the criteria, the property owner may submit an application requesting a hearing before the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission, which meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. The Joint Planning Commission holds public hearings and

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Beltrami County Environmental Services Department, 333-4158

Beltrami County does not have a countywide zoning ordinance, so land use permits are not required in the county except in shoreland areas. Several townships, however, do have zoning ordinances and developers should check local townships for such ordinances. The county administers the Shoreland Management Ordinance, which restricts developments near bodies of water, and the Subdivision Controls Ordinance, which regulates the subdividing of land in the county. The county enforces regulations pertaining to sewage treatment systems and issues permits for building and sewer in shoreland areas and investigates environmental health complaints. The county is also responsible for coordinating the Mississippi Headwaters Board ordinances, which pertain to development within the river corridor. The Beltrami County Planning Commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month.



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GOVERNMENT Health and Human Services The Beltrami County Health and Human Services Department, the county’s largest budget item, is housed in the Beltrami County Community Services Center, third floor, 616 America Ave. NW, (218) 333-4223. Priorities for the department are: •Safety of clients/customers — This includes all services that are directly related to the health and safety of adults and children, including child protection services, vulnerable adult services, mental health and chemical dependency holds and treatment, and in-home services for the elderly. •Basic needs — This includes services that provide food, clothing, shelter and medical care for individuals and families through assistance payments or child support, emergency shelter facilities and other related services. •Preventive services for at-risk populations — This includes services for individuals who may be at risk of institutional care, out-of-home placement, or other more intensive services. Examples include family preservation services such as in-home counseling or parenting skills, mental health and chemical dependency treatment and training and habitation services, among others. •Supportive services — This includes services that provide temporary or ongoing assistance to enhance, maintain or enable a person to receive other needed services or to achieve a goal in their service plan. This also includes things such as sta� and provider training, and agency administration.

Airport Authority The Bemidji Regional Airport is governed by a free-standing authority that includes two Beltrami County commissioners, two Bemidji city councilors and a chairman. Meets at 5 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Airport Conference Room. Executive Director

Karen Weller 444-2438 Board members

Ron Johnson, Roger Hellquist, Jim Lucachick, John Knorr and Reed Olson.

Beltrami Soil & Water Conservation District County Administration Building 701 Minnesota Ave. NW, Suite 113 333-4158

Board members: Ruth Trask, Shane Bowe, Ray Hendrickson, Rachel Gray and Del Olson. Board meets at 8 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month. The district works primarily one on one with landowners to connect them with the financial and technical resources they need to put conservation practices on the land.

Farm Service Agency 3217 Bemidji Ave. N., Suite 1 751-1942

Agency administers farm commodity and conservation programs and makes farm ownership and operating loans.

Social Security Office 2900 Hannah Ave. NW 751-2904

The local Social Security O�ce can handle all your questions in regard to status, benefits and Medicare. The o�ce is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

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GOVERNMENT Beltrami County Elected County Officers


Highway Engineer

District Court Judges

Human Resources

Jodee Treat 333-4175

County Commissioners District 1

Paul Benshoof, John Melbye, Shari Schluchter, Annie Claesson-Huseby 333-4120

Keith Winger 759-0035 District 2

Reed Olson 766-0383 District 3

Richard Anderson 467-3275 Tim Sumner 407-7589 Jim Lucachick 586-3523


Information Systems


License Center

Facilities Management

Natural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Brent Rud, 333-4158

Charlene Sturk 333-4170


Veterans Services

The City Council is set up with a ceremonial mayor and six council members, each of whom has an equal vote. Five of the City Council members represent the city’s wards and one serves at large, as does the mayor. The city administration also includes a clerk, manager, attorney and finance director. The City Hall number is 7593560.

City Council members

Steve Shadrick 333-8475


David Hanson 333-4219 Sheriff

Phil Hodapp 751-9111

Health & Human Services

Appointed County Officers

Joe Skerik 333-4146

District 5

Linda Tran 333-4155 Economic Assistance 333-8300 Social Services 333-4223 Public Health 333-8100

Kay Mack 333-8478

District 4

Bruce Hasbargen 333-8173

Jane Mueller 333-8457

Ron Pula 333-4151

Debbie Reierson 333-4148 Richard Moore 333-4210

Scotty Allison 333-4178

City of Bemidji The Bemidji City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at City Hall, 317 4th St. NW. The City Council also meets for work sessions on the second and fourth Mondays of the month as needed. The meetings are open to everyone, or residents can watch the proceedings live on Midcontinent and Paul Bunyan Television cable Channel 2.

City commissions and boards Charter Commission


Rita Albrecht 751-0197

Ward 1

Michael Meehlhause 763-614-8863

Ward 2

Roger Hellquist (218) 766-2269

Ward 3

Ron Johnson (218) 333-3024

Ward 4

Vacant (council to appoint successor)

Meets annually at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday in June at City Hall, and as needed throughout the year.

Parks and Trails Commission

Meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the city’s Public Works Facility.

Ward 5

Nancy Erickson 444-9168

At Large

Dave Larson 444-2423


Shannon Miller

American Family Agent

Jessica Hansen

Agency Branch Manager

John Svingen

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Area townships There are 1,792 organized townships in Minnesota. Townships are governed by a board of supervisors elected by the people for three-year terms, and administrative o�cers elected or appointed for two-year terms. The annual township meeting is held in each township on the second Tuesday in March.

Beltrami County Bemidji Township

Johanna Newland, clerk 333-3617


Mary Lou Milender, clerk 759-0830


Lanette Anderson, clerk 333-1302

Grant Valley

Angela Schmidt, clerk 759-2751


Margaret Curtis, clerk 444-6956


Mary Israelson, clerk 751-4989

Port Hope

Naomi Paulson, 586-2525

Minnesota Governor U.S. Senate Mark Dayton, DFL

Amy Klobuchar (DFL)

130 State Capitol St. Paul, MN 55155 651-201-3400 800-657-3717 E-mail: Website:

302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-3244 E-mail: Website:

Minnesota Senate Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, 2

Tina Smith (DFL)

95 University Avenue W. Minnesota Senate Bldg., Room 3403 St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 296-9651

320 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5641 E-mail:

Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, 5 95 University Avenue W. Minnesota Senate Bldg., Room 3213 St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 296-7079

Minnesota House Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, 5A

Lynn Johnson, 586-2379

529 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155 (651) 296-5516

Turtle River

Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, 2A

Ten Lake

Sue Glidden, 987-2789

Turtle Lake

Tanya Hanson, 444-7202

Hubbard County Farden

Laurel Schummer, clerk 368-5654


Susan Adkins, clerk 759-9265


Jean Diffley, clerk 751-5672

1200 Washington Ave. S. Room 250 Minneapolis, MN 55415 (612) 727-5220 888-224-9043

60 Plato Blvd. E, Suite 309 St. Paul, MN 55107 (651) 221-1016

U.S. House Collin Peterson (7th District, DFL) 2211 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-2165

714 Lake Ave. Suite 107 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 (218) 847-5056 Website:

429 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155 (651) 296-4265

Rick Nolan (8th District, DFL)

Steve Green, R-Fosston, 2B

Brainerd City Hall 501 Laurel St. Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 454-4078 Website:

231 State Office Bldg. St. Paul, MN 55155-1606 (651) 296-9918 or 888-682-7179 E-mail:

2447 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-6211

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EDUCATION Bemidji Area Schools Independent School District 31, more commonly known as Bemidji Area Schools, covers approximately 825 square miles, serves roughly 5,400 students and employs 384 teachers, 224 paraprofessionals, 68 bus drivers and 184 other employees. The district has seven elementary schools, with an eighth now in development. The new school, expected to open in fall 2018, will serve all of the district’s fourth- and fifth-graders. Beyond the elementary grades, the district has Bemidji Middle School for grades 6-8 and Bemidji High School, as well as Lumberjack High School, a school within the high school that o�ers learning opportunities for students with di�culties succeeding in mainstream classes. The district also has First City School, which serves youth at the Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center, and has the Early Intervention Center, Alternative Education Center, and Bemidji Community Education. The middle and high schools both have Project Lead the Way, a program that teaches pre-engineering to prepare students for success in hightechnology fields, while the high school has a growing participation in the Minnesota Innovation Institute,

District 31 Administration

Superintendent James Hess ------------- 333-3100 ext. 31120 Director of Special Education Stephanie Hubbard ---- 333-3100 ext. 31104 Director of Human Resources Jordan Hickman ---------333-3100 ext. 31113 Director of Business Services Chris Leinen ------------ 333-3100 ext. 31198 Director of Curriculum/Admin. Services Kathy Palm ------------- 333-3100 ext. 31103


Greg Liedl---------------------------- 333-3225

Community Education

Sandy Eberhart ----------- 333-3284 ext. 35311

Food Service

Tammie Colley ----------- 333-3100 ext. 31142

District School Nurse

Emily Bakken ------------- 333-3115 ext. 37209

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or MI2, a program resulting from a multi-agency collaboration that aims to address manufacturing skills gaps in the region. The middle school also has Gifted-Talented Student Enrichment and the high school has College in the Classroom. Students in both schools also take part in Students First, a mentorship program. Bemidji Community Education o�ers programming for all ages. Young children can attend classes through Early Childhood Family Education while elementary, middle and high school students can join Kids & Company, tutoring, youth services and youth sports. Adult enrichment ranges from fitness classes to learning how to use a smartphone and/or tablet. Community Ed also has aquatics programming, which o�ers swimming lessons and also has open times for lap swimming and open swimming. The Indian Education Program is designed to meet the identified educational and cultural needs of American Indian students attending Bemidji Area Schools. Its goal is to assist American Indian students to successfully complete high school and encourage them to seek post-secondary education and training.

Bemidji High School

Principal Brian Stefanich -------- 444-1600 ext. 63305 Assistant Principal (A-K) Jason Stanoch--------- 444-1600 ext. 63306 Assistant Principal (L-Z) Ranae Seykora -------- 444-1600 ext. 63320 Attendance Office (A-K) ---------------------- 444-1600 ext. 63301 (L-Z) ---------------------- 444-1600 ext. 63303 Activities Office ----------- 444-1600 ext. 63315

Bemidji Middle School

Principal Drew Hildenbrand ----- 333-3215 ext. 52041 Assistant Principal (A-K) Kyle McMartin---------- 333-3215 ext. 52031 Dean of Students (L-Z)/Activities Director Andra Vaughn---------- 333-3215 ext. 52021

Lumberjack High School

Principal Brian Stefanich ---------- 444-1600 ext. 3700

Adult Basic Education Bemidji Area Schools contracts for Adult Basic Education services. ABE is now o�ered through the Northwest Service Cooperative and its classroom is located within Northwest Technical College. The core ABE o�erings include basic skills enhancement and services for tutoring, obtaining a GED and learning English as a second language. A growing area of emphasis is workforce preparation. Northwest Technical College, Room 220, 333-6670 School year hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays Summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday

First City School

Principal Tami Wesely----------------------- 333-3458

Elementary Schools

Central Elementary ----------------- 333-3220 Horace May Elementary ------------ 333-3240 J.W. Smith Elementary -------------- 333-3290 Lincoln Elementary ----------------- 333-3250 Northern Elementary --------------- 333-3260 Paul Bunyan Elementary ------------ 333-3119 Solway Elementary-------------------467-3232


Student Registration -------- 333-3100 ext. 131 Indian Education --------------------- 333-3187 Alternative Education Center ------ 333-3299

School Board members

Jeff Haack ------------------------------444-8127 Carol L. Johnson ----------------------751-0415 Melissa Bahr ---------------------------751-9281 Ann Long Voelkner ------------------333-0510 John Gonzalez ----------------------- 333-3903

EDUCATION Bemidji State University On the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University o�ers outstanding academic programs in the arts, sciences and professions in a personalized, caring learning atmosphere that is focused on public service, the environment and the global community. Consistently ranked in the Midwest’s top tier by “U.S News and World Report,” Bemidji State o�ers a broad range of professional degrees, including business, education, nursing and criminal justice, as well as such hard-tofind majors as aquatic biology, design technology and wilderness management. Many courses are available both on campus and via the Internet, and BSU’s online program is unsurpassed in greater Minnesota. From their first freshmen courses to their final presentations as seniors, BSU students are consistently challenged and supported. Small class sizes allow them to build rapport with faculty whose scholarship and practical

knowledge lend real-world relevance to their teaching. With more than 65 undergraduate and nine graduate programs o�ered, a student can pursue a program that fits personal needs and interests. Students

Faith Hensrud, President ----------------------------------------755-2017 Randy Westhoff, Assistant Vice President For Academic And Student Affairs --------------------------------------------- 755-2015 Karen Snorek, VP for Finance and Administration ----------- 755-2012


Admissions ------------------------------------------------------ 755-2040 Alumni Office ---------------------------------------------------- 755-3989 American Indian Resource Center ----------------------------- 755-2032 Career Services ------------------------------------------------- 755-2038 Communications and Marketing------------------------------- 755-2041 Financial Aid ----------------------------------------------------- 755-2034 Records/Registrar----------------------------------------------- 755-2020 Residential Life -------------------------------------------------- 755-3750 Athletic Media Relations----------------------------------------755-4603


A.C. Clark Library------------------------------------------------ 755-3342 Campus Recreation --------------------------------------------- 755-4135 Center for Research and Innovation --------------------------- 755-4900 Hobson Memorial Union --------------------------------------- 755-3760 Outdoor Program Center --------------------------------------- 755-2999 University Bookstore -------------------------------------------- 755-1660 General Information--------------------------------------------- 755-2001

have numerous opportunities for first-hand experiences in service and global learning, from communitywide service projects to extended educational and cultural excursions abroad.

Colleges, Departments, Integrative Programs

College of Arts, Education and Humanities ------------- 755-2988 English; History/Humanities/Philosophy; Languages and Indigenous Studies; Music; Professional Education; School of Technology, Art and Design. College of Business, Mathematics and Science ---------755-3732 Accountancy, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Integrated Media; Mathematics and Computer Science; Physics/Science College of Individual and Community Health (Working Title) --755-2965 CEESEG; Criminal Justice; Human Performance, Sport and Health; Nursing; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Social Work Select Integrative Programs Honors ----------------------------------------------------------- 755-3984 Humanities ------------------------------------------------------ 755-2880 Indian Studies --------------------------------------------------- 755-2032 International Studies -------------------------------------------- 755-2984 Science Program ------------------------------------------------ 755-2796 Women’s Studies------------------------------------------------ 755-2803 Cultural Events Honors Program Lecture Series ------------------------------- 755-3984 Music Department ---------------------------------------------- 755-2915 Talley Gallery ---------------------------------------------------- 755-3708 Touché Gallerie-------------------------------------------------- 755-3760

Distance Learning ------------------------------------------755-2068 Graduate Studies-------------------------------------------- 755-2027

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EDUCATION Northwest Technical College


Northwest Technical College is a college of health care, business, automotive technology, early child education, building trades and workforce training that integrates a rigorous curriculum and applied learning, both on campus and online. For 49 years, students at the college have prepared for successful careers in northern Minnesota and beyond. In 2014, NTC underwent a thorough review process to ensure that it will continue to serve the needs of students and employers in the future. A refreshed academic plan to be implemented over the next few years will o�er students flexible programs that prepare for them for good-paying jobs in high-demand fields. The plan stresses greater collaboration with Bemidji-area business and industry, school districts, government agencies, nonprofits and other colleges to boost student success and promote a thriving regional economy. It also includes an expanded partnership with Bemidji State University, providing new opportunities for students to continue onto a four- year degree in many fields, if they choose. While maintaining core academic areas, a more streamlined approach will let students acquire sequential or “stackable” credentials as they progress from foundational learning to more in-depth study.

The Bemidji area has a variety of options for families seeking a preschool or early-childhood education option. From Bemidji Area School’s Early Childhood Family Education programming to preschools o�ered through local churches, there are a range of choices available. There is now an online site where families can go and learn about the di�erent child care options available in their communities. Parent Aware was designed to help families select quality programs for their children. At the site, families can learn about the options and view details on licenses. The Minnesota Department of Human Services leads Parent Aware in coordination with the Minnesota O�ce of Early Learning. To learn more, visit

Numbers to know Faith Hensrud, President -----------------------------------------------------------------------755-2017 Darrin Strosahl, Vice President for Academic Affairs ------------------------------------ 333-6613 Charles Abbott, Admissions ---------------------------------------------------------------- 333-6645 Financial Aid --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 333-6600 General Information ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 333-6600

Oak Hills Christian College


Founded in 1946, Oak Hills Christian College is an interdenominational college located on the shores of Lake Marquette, south of Bemidji. The college o�ers 18 academic programs, such as a one-year Certificate in Biblical Studies and 11 four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, including its newest majors in addictions counseling and sports management. There also are several associate degrees available that prepare students for continuing their education at a four-year university. As part of the Student Outreach Program, students invest thousands of volunteer hours in area churches and community programs each year. This allows students to put into practice what they are learning. Oak Hills values the opportunity to partner with the community in this way. Other ministries include Camp Oak Hills, o�ering summer camp for kids, and the Center for Indian Ministries.

Bridgeman Hall, Bemidji State University 1500 Birchmont Drive NE #34 755-4900 or 888-738-3224

People to know – Call 751-8670 for all Dr. Martin Giese --------------------------------------------------------- President Sue Glidden ------------------------------------------Interim Dean of Education Brad DeJager ------------------------------------------------Dean of Student Life Joan Berntson --------------------------------- Vice President for Advancement Mike Rasch ------------------------------ Vice President for Student Enrollment Scott Buchan ------------------------------------------- Camp Oak Hills Director Paul Straubel -----------------------------Center for Indian Ministries Director

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Heartland Christian Academy

St. Philip’s School

9914 Heartland Circle NW 751-1751

702 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-4938

Heartland Christian Academy o�ers a Christ-centered education from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Heartland o�ers personalized, personal attention to its students by keeping small class sizes. Enrollment was 77 in 2017-18 pre-kindergarden through eighth grade.

Established in 1926, St. Philip’s School, the only Catholic school in the area, serves students in preschool through eighth grade, academically and religiously. O�ering a values-based curriculum, St. Philip’s had 325 Catholic and non-Catholic students in 2017-18.

TrekNorth Junior/Senior High

St. Mark’s School

2400 Pine Ridge Ave. NW 444-1888

2220 Anne St. NW 444-3939

TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School is a public charter school that serves about 240 students in grades 6-12. TrekNorth, which o�ers a collegereadiness curriculum in a small class size setting, initially was founded in 2003. TrekNorth also o�ers an outdoor adventure program and service learning program to provide students with wilderness and service opportunities designed to promote leadership and integrity. TrekNorth is its own public school district, No. 4106. Application details are available on the school’s website.

St. Mark’s School serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod church. It o�ers a full curriculum, including religion courses and is guided by Pastor Aaron Nitz and Principal Nathan Bitter. The congregation’s regular o�erings support 98 percent of the educational costs for member children. Non-member parents pay a tuition set each year by the Board of Education. In 2017-18, 32 students were enrolled at St. Mark’s.

Schoolcraft Learning Community

Voyageurs Expeditionary School

Concordia Language Villages 586-3284

3724 Bemidji Ave. N. 444-3130 voyageursschool. org

Schoolcraft Learning Community is a public charter school serving approximately 190 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school features small class sizes and utilizes the curricular model of expeditionary learning. Schoolcraft also includes high levels of technology integration and foreign language development that takes place all within a familylike atmosphere. Schoolcraft started in 2000 and has been recognized as a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education. Schoolcraft accepts registrations on its website.

Voyageurs Expeditionary School is a free public charter high school serving grades 6-12. VEHS opened in 2003 and currently serves approximately 100

students. Voyageurs also provides educational services to the Bi-County Cap YouthBuild program, a youth and community development program. Applications are available online or from the school o�ce. In 2017-18, 106 students were enrolled at Voyageurs.

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RESOURCES Bemidji Public Library

Greater Bemidji

509 America Ave. NW 751-3963

102 1st St. W Suite 101 444-5757

The Bemidji Public Library is one of nine branches and a mobile library that compose the Kitchigami Regional Library System. Beyond the library’s collection, materials can also be requested from other regional branches that are delivered to the Bemidji branch several times a week. The library also o�ers public computers, wireless Internet access, a meeting room for public use and comfortable seating for reading and study. The library, through the KRLS, also lends to its members e-books. Learn more by contacting library personnel. The Bemidji branch o�ers a full schedule of programs for people of all ages and interests, including storytime programs for pre-kindergarten children, a lapsit program for 2-year-olds, reading and entertaining programs for school-age children, book discussions for adults, author visits and other informational programs. The monthly program schedule can be found at the library’s website. The Friends of the Bemidji Public Library support the library through volunteer opportunities and membership. The Friends also operate the Friends Red Door Bookstore, which is housed in the library. It is open to the public and sta�ed by Friends volunteers. Library hours

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday

Visit Bemidji

The mission of Greater Bemidji is to improve the quality of life for Beltrami County citizens by taking the initiative in identifying, encouraging and providing coordinated support to businesses that create quality jobs and improve the economic base of the community.

Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce 300 Bemidji Ave. N 444-3541

The mission of the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for the business community by providing leadership, communication and acting as a referral resource. Governed by a board of directors, the Chamber is comprised of a number of councils and committees that are guided by the program of work. The Chamber is also responsible for the opperation of the year round Tourist Information Center, a State of Minnesota Travel A�liate.

Bookstore hours

Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

300 Bemidji Ave. N 444-3541

The mission of Visit Bemidji is to promote the Bemidji Area as a tourism, sports, recreation and convention center. The bureau supplies support and materials for local, state and regional groups bringing their tournaments and meetings to Bemidji.

Join us for worship! Sundays 8:15am, 9:30am and 10:45am Wednesdays 6:30pm

Gym, fellowship hall, kitchen, and meeting space available to rent for community groups and activities.

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Crossroads Church 3354 Laurel Dr. NW 444-8205

Aardahl Lutheran Church 2920 Van Buren Ave. SE 444-8865

United Methodist 924 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-3503

First Assembly of God 1015 Fourth St. SE 751-2485

Bethany Free Lutheran 1300 Beltrami Ave. NW 759-9188


Missionary Fellowship 1016 Causen Ave. SE 751-4400

BAPTIST Bemidji Baptist Church 2130 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE 751-9311 Faith Baptist Church 2531 Roosevelt Rd. SE 751-4506 First Baptist Church 1555 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-6556 Northwoods Baptist 216 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-7142 Ridgewood Baptist (SBC) 2795 15th St. NW 444-4723

CATHOLIC St Philip’s Parish 702 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-4262 Sacred Heart Church 135 Third St. NW Wilton 751-8446

EPISCOPAL St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal 1800 Irvine Ave. NW 444-6831

EVANGELICAL Evangelical Covenant 5405 Hart Lane NW 751-3699 Evangelical Free Church 115 Carr Lake Rd. SW 751-8834

Bethel Lutheran (NALC) 5232 Irvine Ave. NW 444-4746 Calvary Lutheran (ELCA) 2508 Washington Ave. SE 751-1893 First Lutheran (ELCA) 900 Bemidji Ave. N 444-5302 Lutheran Campus Center 1221 Birchmont Dr. NE 751-5326 Malvik Lutheran 27689 474th St. Guthrie 444-4112 New Salem Lutheran 7491 Island View Dr. NE Turtle River 586-2262 Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church 1214 Durand Drive NW Puposky 243-2358 People’s Church (ELCA) 824 America Ave. NW 444-8240 St. Mark’s Lutheran (Wis. Synod) 2220 Anne St. NW 444-3939 Trinity Free Lutheran Church 12886 Highway 89 NW 467-3254 Trinity Lutheran (Missouri Synod) 123 29th St. NE 444-4441 Trinity Lutheran Debs 26685 Debs Road NW 243-2935

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3033 Birchmont Dr. NE 751-9129

PENTECOSTAL New Life Church 616 Wood Ave. SE 333-0577

PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian 501 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-5016

UNITARIAN Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bemidji Community Food Shelf, 1260 Exchange Ave. SE

OTHERS All Saints of North America 5232 Irvine Ave. NW 444-5348 Baha’i Faith Interfaith spiritual gatherings bemidji Bemidji Seventh-day Adventist 4400 Eckles Rd. NW 333-7322 bemidji22.adventistchurchconnect. org/ Buddhism Meets Thursdays at United Methodist Church, 902 Beltrami Ave. NW Calvary Chapel 500 Irvine Ave. NW 751-9192 Christian Science Society

1324 Beltrami Ave. NW 209-1682 Christ’s Lighthouse Ministries 4241 Swiss Lane NW Wilton Church of Christ Bemidji 692 Mag Seven Court SW 444-7895 Church of Christ Temple Lot 14748 Wildnerness Drive NE 586-2743 Cornerstone Community 414 Lincoln Ave. SE 760-0993 (south entrance) Destiny Fellowship 1701 Birch Lane NE 407-2587 Eckankar 467-3302 House of Prayer 1701 Birch Lane NE 368-7998 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1659 Adams Ave. NW 333-0841 Lakewood Community Church Wilton 444-7150 Mokahum Chapel 15784 Roosevelt Rd. SE 368-6806 Mount Zion Church 414 Lincoln Ave. SE 751-8000 Northern Bible Church 8612 Irvine Ave. N 444-2654 Northern Light Friends (Quaker) 2048 Agate Lane NW 218-467-3584 Real Life Christian Fellowship 5097 Scribner Road NW 444-7150 United Pentecostal Church 616 Wood Ave. SE 333-0577

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ATTRACTIONS Beltrami County History Center 130 Minnesota Ave. SW 444-3376

The Beltrami County Historical Society operates out of the Beltrami County History Center in the historic Great Northern Depot. It features multiple interactive exhibit galleries; a unique gift shop; and a research room and archives available to the public. Visit the History Center to show o� your telegraphy skills, listen to Native American flute music, marvel at historical photographs, conduct genealogical research, and experience local history through our exhibits, events, programs, and collections. The center is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday noon to 4 p.m. It’s also open to groups and researchers by appointment. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, $3 per adults for groups of five adults or more, $1 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and younger and free for members. Memberships start at $25 and include a 10 percent gift shop discount, the BCHS quarterly newsletter, and benefits at over 300 historic sites across the U.S. through the Time Travelers Network. Contact BCHS to join.

Headwaters Science Center 413 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-4472

The Headwaters Science Center gives visitors a chance to see science at work in a hands-on environment. It features over 40 exhibits including live animals, interactive physics exhibits, a kinetic sculpture and a 200 gallon saltwater aquarium. The Science Store features unique toys, puppets, science kits, books, and more for everyone on your shopping list. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Mondays from September to March. Admission to Headwaters Science Center is $7 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over and military members (with ID), $6 for children 2-11 and free for children younger than 2. Headwaters Science Center memberships are $40 for an individual, $65 for a family, or $65 for a grandparent membership. Memberships o�er admission to the exhibit floor, discounts in the Science Store and on programs. For an additional $20, memberships also provide reciprocal admission to over 350 other science centers and museums worldwide through the Association of Science and Technology Center “Passport Program.” The mission of Headwaters Science Center is “to provide opportunities for hands-on science engagement and enjoyment for children, adults, and community organizations.”

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The Sanford Center 1111 Event Center Drive NE 441-4032

Bemidji opened its new multi-use event center in October 2010. The Sanford Center, with 185,000 square feet, has since hosted a variety of events, from large concerts to comedy and family shows. Located on the south shore of Lake Bemidji, The Sanford Center is the home facility for the Bemidji State University hockey teams. But it features more than just hockey. The center has also hosted BSU and high school basketball, award-winning Little Big Town and A Prairie Home Companion. The facility seats 4,600 for hockey, including 25 private suites and 200-plus club-seating options. The Sanford Center can seat up to 6,000 for special events and concerts. It boasts a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and has 4,000 additional square feet in lakeside meeting rooms. There are two concession stands, three lounges and one very large dynamic scoreboard. The Sanford Center is named for Sanford Health, which pays the City of Bemidji $200,000 per year for naming rights.

TRANSPORTATION City/county bus service Paul Bunyan Transit provides bus service to the city of Bemidji and Beltrami County. The transit system provides rides within a 10-mile radius of Bemidji City Hall. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays. Customers may reserve a ride by calling the o�ce at (218) 751-8765 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MondayFriday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. No calls are taken on Sundays. It is recommended to call 24 hours in advance to reserve a ride and time to be picked up. Same-day registrations will be accommodated as space allows. The cost per ride is $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for children ages 3-9 who are accompanied by an adult. Children ages 2 and younger ride free with an adult. Exact fare is required, as drivers do not carry money to make change. Regular 10-punch passes cost $15 and $12.50 for seniors. Work Pass is $42.50. Rides for work only during the month the pass is purchased. In addition, Paul Bunyan Transit operates a volunteer driver program to take people to clinics or doctor o�ces in Fargo and the surrounding area. This service is coordinated with Beltrami County Social Services and the Veterans Service in Bemidji. Paul Bunyan Transit also serves as the depot for Je�erson Lines. For bus service or details, call 751-8765 or go to

Bemidji Regional Airport Bemidji Regional Airport, located north of U.S. Highway 2 just west of Bemidji, provides a commercial carrier, as well as a private fixed-base operation in Bemidji Aviation Services. Car rental is available at the airport, as well as flying lessons, scenic flights, airplane maintenance and other services. The airport manager is Karen Weller. The airport is managed by the Bemidji Regional Airport Authority. Delta Connection provides commercial passenger service with two flights daily direct to Minneapolis in the winter and three flights in the summer. The planes are 50-passenger CRJ 200 jets.

Numbers to know

Bemidji Aviation Services-------------751-1880 Delta Connection--------------------- 751-3726

Taxi service

Airport Manager Karen Weller------------------------- 444-2438

1st City Taxi and safe ride and Bemidji Cab serve the Bemidji area. 1st City Taxi operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week and by appointment. Safe Ride operates from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment. Appointments can be made for any time outside of regular business hours if arranged a day in advance. The company, located at 623 22nd St. NW, can be reached by calling 4448294 (TAXI). Bemidji Cab operates from 5 a.m. until 2 a.m. seven days a week. Bemidji Cab is located at 919 15th St. NW and can be reached at 759-1368.

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Bemidji Chorale

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

Patricia Mason 444-6665 The Bemidji Chorale is a community- and BSU-based organization composed of people in a large variety of career fields. Singers span the years from young adults to retired persons. It is an auditioned choir, so knowledge of vocal health, languages and vocal literature is helpful. Note reading and a good ear are a requirement. The Chorale was started in 1979 by Lyle Jewell, who served as its first conductor. He and other area music educators felt it was important for the community and surrounding area to have an avenue in which to perform a variety of challenging literature, and to share with the community through public performances. The Bemidji Chorale is currently conducted by Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Ho�. Rehearsals are every Monday night, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at BSU, from September to May. The Chorale performs two Christmas concerts, a Mother’s Day concert and featured performances in other venues.

444-7914 The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was established in 1938 and celebrated its 75th anniversary concert season in 2013. Originally developed as an accompaniment ensemble for Bemidji State University oratorio presentations, the orchestra established its own 501(c)3 non-profit designation in 1999. The orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Beverly Everett, consists of volunteer community members with previous musical experience, university and high school students and university faculty. Concerts feature a wide variety of music ranging from Baroque concertos to modern film scores. University students may elect to enroll for course credit. For more information, visit the website.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse 314 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-7270 The Paul Bunyan Playhouse will celebrate its 67th anniversary in 2018. It is a non-equity professional summer stock theater. It also produces successful o�-season events. It employs a wide range of talented actors from Bemidji, the Twin Cities and all over the country. The Playhouse’s home was in Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge for 40 years; in the early 1990s, it moved to the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. For information about tickets or the season schedule, call the theater box o�ce at 751-7270 or check the website.

Headwaters School of Music & the Arts 519 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-5606 The Headwaters School of Music & the Arts is a nonprofit community school of the arts. The school o�ers classes and workshops in a wide variety of visual and performing arts, such as writing, drawing, theater and dance. The school relies on tuition (though financial aid programs are available) as well as grants and community membership. In addition, the school is home to various exhibits, concerts and other arts events. For more information, call Tricia Andrews at 444-5606.

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Region 2 Arts Council 505 Bemidji Ave. N 751-5447 The board is dedicated to making the arts available to all citizens of Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Hubbard counties. The development of the arts is featured through a series of grants, programs and services.

Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St. SW 766-3837 The school, which opened in 2010, isn’t a school in the traditional sense. Its founders started it as a means to bring together artists, craftspeople, gardeners and others for classes and workshops. It o�ers classes and other partnerships with non-profits throughout the community.

Concordia Language Villages 9500 Thorsonveien NE 586-8600 Live the Language at Concordia Language Villages – the premier language and culture immersion camps in North America. Its mission is to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in our global community. In 2008, the Language Villages added Portuguese as a 15th language, plus a new Helvetia program – a week of Swiss language and culture, and day camps. Adventure Day Camps for 6-to-11-year-olds take place at the Language Village’s site northeast of Bemidji. Ten villages comprise Concordia Language Villages.


Art galleries Watermark Art Center

505 Bemidji Ave N. 444-7570

Gallery North

Ramsey Gallery

BSU Bangsberg Fine Arts Center Lower Level

310 4th St. NW 444-9813

Talley Gallery

Northwoods Gallery Frame & Gift

Touché Gallery

218 3rd St. NW

BSU Bridgeman Hall 755-3708 BSU Hobson Memorial Union 755-3760

Watermark Art Center 505 Bemidji Ave. N. 444-7570 Mon.-Wed. 10-5, Fri.-Sat. 10-5, Sun 12-4 Established in 1982, the Watermark Art Center has moved into its newly remodeled building in downtown Bemidji. It is a nonprofit, member-supported organization dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of art in the community. The center provides gallery space for exhibitions, music, poetry readings and social events for many organizations. It displays national, regional and local artists in group exhibits, solo shows and installations featuring a new exhibit each month from February through December. Member artists display and sell their work in the Gallery Shop on site. The center sponsors the monthly First Friday Art Walk and Art in the Park, the annual summer art fair in July.

Sculpture Walk Every May, members of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee install sculptures chosen for display and sponsored by local businesses or private individuals in Bemidji. The pieces are chosen from artists representing a wide geographic area who agree to allow their sculptures to be on display for a year on the streets of downtown, along the waterfront and on Paul Bunyan Drive. Every year at least one sculpture is purchased for permanent display. Maps showing the locations and names of the sponsors are available at the Tourist Information Center.

First Friday Art Walk Bemidji is unique in this area for it is the focal point for many arts endeavors for visual artists. First Friday of the month is an opportunity for individual artists to display their work. Sponsored by and coordinated by the Watermark Art Center, local businesses host First Friday receptions when artists can meet with the public in a social setting for informal discussions about their work. The exhibits are installed for the month at each venue, enjoyed by the customers and also a�ord an opportunity to purchase art work from an artist.

Bemidji Community Theater Ernie Rall 755-8942 or 218-280-1265 BCT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give the general public an opportunity to explore their interests in acting, directing, set construction, costume design and front of house activities such as program designs and box o�ce management. Productions include dinner theater, melodrama, musicals, children’s theater and comedy.

Bemidji Area Community Band Glenn Seibel 759-0777 The Bemidji Area Community Band is open to anyone high school age or older. The band generally performs at 7 p.m. every other Sunday, beginning with Father’s Day in June, on the lawn outside of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. Rainy day concerts are held in Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg on the campus of Bemidji State University, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street.

Mask & Rose Theater Collective Cate Belleveau 760-2211 A non-profit women’s theater collective primarily devoted to presenting multi-genre works for and by women playwrights. Works are thought provoking and may contain adult material. They also produce children’s and musical theater, and an array of drama classes including playwriting.

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515 Anne St. NW 444-2442


Cantabria Coffee Company

Country Kitchen

DaRoo’s Pizza

Countryside Restaurant

Domino’s Pizza

Caribou Coffee

702 Highway 2 W 751-8248

728 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-8963

211 2nd St. NW 444-4220

1909 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-2038


2312 Trustar St. NW 755-1111

119 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 444-3200 701 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 759-3030

Dunn Brothers Coffee

2219 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 761-9342

501 Paul Bunyan Drive 444-5252

Bar 209

Eagles Aerie 351

Becida Bar & Grill

Erbert & Gerbert’s

Bemidji Bowl

Fozzie’s Smokin Bar B Q

Bemidji Brewing

The Garden Grill & Pub

Bemidji Town & Country Club - North Shore Grille

Giovanni’s Pizza

209 Minnesota Ave. NW 751-2442

1270 Neilson Ave. SE 751-9985

13718 County Rd. 9 Becida 854-7270

1500 Bemidji Ave. N 444-9700

3455 Laurel Drive NW 751-2153

114 3rd St. NW 444-0069

211 America Ave. NW 444-7011

111 Central Ave. SE 751-9656

102 1st St. NW Union Square 751-0798

Grace Lake Bar & Grill

2425 Birchmont Beach Rd NE 751-4535

51039 Wildflower Drive 751-1116

Big Apple Bagels

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar

1710 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-7840

Big River Scoop

1025 Paul Bunyan Drive S 444-1875

219 Bemidji Ave. N 444-3898

Hardee’s Family Restaurant

Brigid’s Pub

317 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-0567

Buffalo Wild Wings

225 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-9464


1602 Bemidji Ave. N. 444-4687

Burger King

2575 Hannah Ave. NW 444-2569 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr. S 444-3321

The Cabin Coffee House & Cafe 214 3rd St. NW 444-2899

205 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-8823

Cenex C Store


Cherry Berry

Dairy Queen

Highway 2 and Highway 71 South 751-1830

Harmony Natural Food Co-op 302 Irvine Ave. NW 751-2009

700 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE 444-2108 Paul Bunyan Mall 751-0977

Jake’s Pizza Turtle River

6405 Bemidji Ave. N 444-5007 1426 Bemidji Ave N 444-9335 (Express)

Dale’s Bar & Grill

Jimmy John’s

Corner Bar

Dave’s Pizza

2512 Hannah Ave. NW 209-3009

CK Dudley’s

602 2nd St. SE 751-8872

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1000 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-0086

JJ’s Dockside

929 Lake Shore Drive 444-2310

Paul Bunyan Transit provides transportation to the general public in the city of Bemidji and Beltrami County Call 751-8765 for transportation

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310 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-7600

Keith’s Pizza & Restaurant

110 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE 444-7940 1425 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-7941


1210 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 741-2300

Lazy Jack’s

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Schummer’s Backwoods Bar & Grill

Pike Hole Bar & Grill

Simonson’s Market Cafe

24896 Power Dam Road NE 335-0009

1820 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-4045

509 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-1601

142 Anne St. NW 444-7546

1120 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-7850

48220 Reserve Trail 751-1195

Pizza Hut

Slim’s Bar & Grill


Southside Restaurant

Paul Bunyan Mall 751-2156

Highways 2 and 71 South 444-3133

6735 Fairgrounds Rd. NW 333-3934


1008 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 755-9878 120 Paul Bunyan Dr. S 751-3823 Wal-Mart location 444-7785

Super Buffet

2450 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 333-0999

Taco Bell

515 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-3498

Taco John’s

1285 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-5907

Little Caesars Pizza

Tim Hortons

Lucky Dogs

Tara Bemidji

Lueken’s Deli

Toddy’s Pub & Grub

100 Paul Bunyan Drive S 444-8400

1504 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 751-2885

401 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-8222

201 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-0288

119 3rd St. NW 497-1100

1171 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 444-3663 609 Washington Ave. S 444-8419

Turtle River Chophouse

MarketPlace Foods Deli

468 Bemidji Road NW, Turtle River 5865827

2000 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-1400


Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant

1245 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-2560 520 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE 759-9117

300 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-1100

Mi Rancho

Wasabi of Bemidji

677 Anne St. NW 444-8212

419 Beltrami Ave NW (Opening Spring 2018)

Minnesota Nice Cafe

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Co.

315 Irvine Ave. NW 444-6656

North Country Confections 1204 Paul Bunyan Dr NW 444-7555

New China

412 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-5340

Papa Murphy’s 514 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-7025

Paul Bunyan Sub Shop 119 2nd St. NW 444-2020

523 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-5282

Wilton Bar

Qdoba Mexican Grill 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive S 308-2772

Sparkling Waters

284 Spirit Ave. NW 751-3432


1000 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 444-8070

824 Paul Bunyan Drive 444-3214

Raphael’s Bakery & Restaurant

1813 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 2100 Paul Bunyan Drive NW (Target) 7590820

319 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-2867

Ruzy’s Bar & Grill

801 Washington Ave S. 444-5222

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Disc golf

Nymore Park

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society Jaime Thibodeux 225-810-5591 The Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society was formed in 1974. It now has about 400 members in the Bemidji area. They work together with 11 other Minnesota Audubon chapters to be a strong environmental voice. The group is unique in that it manages the Neilson Spearhead Center, 460 acres of coniferous forest and wetlands surrounding Spearhead Lake, nine miles southwest of Bemidji.

Baseball Bemidji Youth Baseball Bruce Dahlin 586-2548

On Pershing Avenue Southeast

Bemidji Disc Golf Course

North Country Park On 30th Street NW near Ridgeway Avenue


P.O. Box 24 Bemidji MN 56601

3455 Laurel Drive 751-2153

Fitness Centers

Bicycling Lake Bemidji State Park makes a connection with the Paul Bunyan Trail. The trail continues from the south end of Bemidji through Guthrie and on to Walker and Brainerd. Bicycles are available for rent at the BSU Outdoor Program Center, 755-2999.

Hamilton’s Fox Lake Campground

Bemidji City Parks

2556 Island View Dr NE 586-2231

Diamond Point Park

KOA Campground

On Birchmont Drive Northeast adjacent to Bemidji

510 Brightstar Road NW 444-7562

State University campus

Royal Oaks RV Park

Paul Bunyan and Library Park

2860 Washington Ave SE 751-8357

On Bemidji Avenue North at the Lake Bemidji waterfront.

Cameron Park On Birchmont Drive Northeast along the west shore of Lake Bemidj

Bemidji City Park



Headwaters Canoe Club Frannie Tjader 444-5477

Bemidji Curling Club 23rd & Ash Avenue 751-1123

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987 Industrial Park Drive SE, 407-2162

In Charge Fitness

619 Fifth St. NW 444-8138

Knockout Fit Club

1008 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-3897

NoXqs Fitness

3481 Laurel Dr. Suite C 308-3101 3835 Supreme Ct. NW 444-9163




CrossFit Bemidji

Snap Fitness 24-Hour Gym


Located just off 23rd Street Northwest near the Bemidji Armory

2526 Hannah Ave. NW 444-5529

Bemidji State University 755-4135

3401 State Park Road NW 308-2300

Doug Flatness President 402-594-4974

Anytime Fitness

Gillett Wellness Center

Lake Bemidji State Park

Bemidji Bombers

Figure skating Bemidji Figure Skating Club

Bemidji Bowl



City Park 1224 23rd St. NW 333-1850

Bemidji Area Youth Football 218-556-4453

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SPORTS & RECREATION Golf Courses Bemidji Town & Country Club

2425 Birchmont Beach Road NE 751-9215

Maple Ridge Golf Course

24907 Beltrami Line Road 751-8401

Castle Highlands Golf Course

13848 Gull Lake Loop Road NW 586-2681

Greenwood Golf Course

1361 Swenson Road NE 751-3875

Gymnastics Gym Bin

928 Washington Ave. SE 444-3547

Hockey Bemidji Youth Hockey

President Bruce Hasbargen 556-6959

Bemidji Hockey League

President Karl Runningen 218-760-0900

Lavinia access

Shooting Ranges/Clubs

parking spaces with limited turnaround space.

Northland Regional Sports Park

Diamond Point Park

8257 Hwy 89 N

Concrete ramp. Northeast side of lake. Three

Bemidji Senior Hockey

Operated by city. West side, off Birchmont Drive, adjacent to BSU. Concrete ramp and docks. Limited parking. Public beach.

Lake Bemidji Boat Launches

Lake Bemidji State Park

Craig Larson 556-9566

Cameron Park

Concrete ramp with docks. West shore, off Birchmont Drive. About 25 parking spaces.

Nymore Beach

Concrete ramp, sheltered docking area/harbor to lake. Parking for about 20 units. Park permit required for entrance to facilities. Beltrami County Road 20, north end of lake.

Bemidji Trap and Skeet Club

Bemidji Area Shooters Association

Skating/Hockey Rinks

Concrete ramp with docks. South end of lake, off Paul Bunyan Drive South.

Outdoor Equipment Rental

Nymore Park 5th Street and Wilson Ave. SE

Northwoods access

Outdoor Program Center

In Diamond Point Park 755-2999 Outdoor equipment rental and excursions.

Concrete ramp with dock. 20 parking spaces. Northwest corner of lake on Bemidji Avenue.



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State Park

Buena Vista Ski Area

North Country Snowmobile Club

Lake Bemidji State Park



Bemidji Youth Soccer Association

Tae Kwon Do

19600 Irvine Ave NW 243-2231 or 800-777-7958 The ski area consists of 16 trails, with a vertical drop of 230 feet. Buena Vista has a chalet, four chair lifts, a rope tow and a tube lift. The longest run is the 2,000-foot Earle’s Happy Trail.

Minnesota Finlandia Community The Minnesota Finlandia hosts an annual international cross country ski race held at the trails at Buena Vista Ski Area. This year the race will be Feb. 17.

Cross country skiing Look up Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club on Facebook for fresh winter grooming reports. The area features eight trails for cross country skiing within a 15-mile radius of Bemidji and many of these trails are open to non-ski season hiking and mountain biking. Here is a list of trails: 755-9391 The Paul Bunyan Trail runs 100 miles between Bemidji and Brainerd, and the Blue Ox Trail runs 110 miles north from Bemidji to International Falls to Winnipeg and beyond. Combined, the Paul Bunyan/Blue Ox network is considered to be the longest rail conversion to recreation trail in America.The consistent high quality of Bemidji’s trails is due to the efforts of the North Country Snowmobile Club.

3401 State Park Road NE 308-2300 Park visitors must purchase a State Park Permit good for access to all state parks. Basic park fees include the annual sticker ($25), second vehicle permit ($18), special annual permit for people with disabilities ($12), day use sticker ($5) and camping fees ($28 with electricity in summer and $22 in winter and $22 without electricity in summer and $16 in winter). A group daily fee for 10 vehicles or more is $3 per vehicle. Must be arranged in

Bemidji School of Tae Kwon Do 3481 Laurel Dr NW 308-3101

Softball Bemidji Area Softball Association


President Hannah Anderson 556-4183 P.O. Box 541, Bemidji MN 56601,

Bemidji Area Tennis Association

Bruce Dahlin 586-2458

Paul Swartwood (218) 835-8122 The Bemidji Area Tennis Association offers 10 and under tennis, CHAMPS, Cardio Tennis, Kids’ Summer Tennis, men’s and women’s doubles leagues, winter group tennis lessons, local tournaments, as well as private lessons by certified tennis professionals.

Trailhead at 1115 23rd St NW

Square Dancing


Fern Lake

First City Squares

Bemidji Woodcarving Club

Movil Maze

5 miles north of Bemidji off U.S. Highway 71 and County Road 305

Hobson Memorial Forest Trailhead on Birchmont Beach Road 6 miles east of Bemidji Avenue


Trailhead off North Plantagenet Road 4 miles west of U.S. Highway 71

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Bemidji Youth Softball

Tammy Rogers 556-6267 The First City Squares square dancing club holds dances the first and third Fridays at United Methodist Church. Call to confirm. There are no mandatory dress codes and the dances are alcohol and tobacco free.

Bemidji High School

Trailhead behind school off Adams Avenue

Lake Bemidji State Park

Entrance on Birchmont Beach Road 2 miles east of Bemidji Avenue


Three Island County Park

BASS Swim Club

12 miles north of Bemidji off U.S. Highway 71 and County Road 23

Buena Vista Ski Area

Woody Leindecker 333-3284 ext. 5

Bemidji Community Ed Aquatics

Bemidji Theater HWY 2. West of Bemidji

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Woody Leindecker 333-3284 ext. 5

12 miles north on County Road 15

Bob Larson 444-6269 The club meets from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. One of the largest shows in the region is the Blackduck Woodcarvers Festival on the last Saturday in July in Blackduck. All levels of carvers are welcome.



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Oak Hills Christian College

Social Security (Bemidji Office)

Beltrami County Historical Society

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Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Adult Day Services of Bemidji April Collman, 751-1324 Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon 444-2525 Alzheimer’s Support Group Tammi Hagan, 759-1993 American Indian Resource Center William Blackwell, 755-2032 American Legion Auxiliary Cheryl Fredenburg, 760-2219 American Red Cross Dan Williams, (218) 444-9490 American Swedish Institute Al Paulson, (612) 499-0354 The Arc United Cassandra Robinson, 759-0097 Beltrami County 4-H Council Ann Marie Ward, 444-5722 Beltrami County Council on Aging Elizabeth Andrews, 751-8836 Beltrami County Historical Society Gary Rozman, Executive Director (218) 444-2810 444-3376 Beltrami County Master Gardeners Mary Lou Marchand, 444-7916 Beltrami County American Cancer Society Kayla Hawkinson, 320-324-7184 Beltrami Wellness Education for Long Life Jessica Saucedo, (218) 751-9224 Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Scott Merschman, (218) 759-2057 Bemidji Area Church Musicians Kenneth Wold, 751-2554 Bemidji Area Community Band Glenn Seibel, 791-0777 Bemidji Board of Realtors 751-2852 Bemidji Chorale Pat Mason, 444-7226 Bemidji Community Education 333-3284 Bemidji Community Food Shelf Mary Mitchell, 444-6580 Bemidji Community Table (Soup Kitchen) 444-7909 Bemidji Community Theatre Ernie Rall, 755-8942 Bemidji Downtown Alliance Colleen Bakken, 751-2009 Bemidji Fire Department 751-8001 Bemidji (First City) Lions Club Kay Murphy, Bemidji Garden Club Karen Sollom, 759- 0684 Bemidji Lions Club 234-3005, Bemidji Jaycees Josh Peterson, 444-4401 Bemidji Order of Eastern Star 751-3578 Bemidji Public Library 751-3963 34 // FYIBemidji // 2018

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Mary Anne Wilimek, 444-7914 Bi-CAP 751-4631 or (800) 332-7161 Bike Bemidji Cindy Habedank, 444-6081 Boy Scouts 800-939-5811 Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji Andrea Ohnstad, 444-4171 Community Resource Connections Beth Warrick, (218) 333-6838 Disabled American Veterans Dave Sterr, (218) 556-4633 Ducks Unlimited Brian Ross- Minnesota Chair, 825-0996 Eagles Aerie #351 Vance Peters, 444-9687 Eagles Auxiliary Vance Peters, 444-9687 Elks Club BPOE #1052 751-1052 Evergreen Youth and Family Services 751-8223 First City Square Dancers Tammy Rogers, 556-6267 Friends of the Library Sharon Geison, 751-8277 Gamblers Anonymous/Gam-Anon (218) 726-4710 Girl Scouts-Land of Lakes Council 751-4886 Great Northern Iron Horse Railroad Society Andy Mack, 444-2111 Great River Rescue Brandon Mustful, 751-7910 Habitat for Humanity Geri Hickerson, 751-4649 Headwaters School of Music & the Arts Tricia Andrews, 444-5606 Headwaters Science Center Annie Butler Ricks, 444-4472 Headwaters Shrine Club Cory Wilson, 760-2188 Hope House Robin Wold, 444-6748 Horizon Connection Support Group Bonnie Jevning, 751-3118 Knights of Columbus Council 1544 Ron Arel, 243-2364 League of Women Voters Joan Huseby, (218) 368-4787 243-2679 Lutheran Social Service Barb Stensland, 751-1305 Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Ann Hayes, (218) 766-1465 Narcotics Anonymous 444-2525 Northwest Indian OIC 759-2022 Northwest Minnesota Legal Services (218) 751-9201

Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter Andrea Kingbird, 444-1395 Northwoods Caregivers Cindi Lee Jernigan, 333-8264 Northwoods Pregnancy Care Center 444-3035 Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center Mindy O’Brien, (218) 751-3196 Occupational Development Center 751-6001 Parkinson’s Support Group JoAnn Tyk, (218) 318-0845 Paul Bunyan Amateur Radio Club Jon Crisman, 759-9339 Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club Mike Arnold, 759-9702 Planned Parenthood of Minnesota 751-8683 Retired Senior Volunteer Program Jolene Link, (218) 536-9939 Rotary Club (Noon) Paul Diehl, 230-0502 Rotary Club (Sunrise) Donna Gunderson, (218) 556-0984 Rural Minnesota CEP (218) 444-0732 Sanford Behavioral Health (218) 751-3280 Sanford Hospice Care 333-5665 Seventh-Day Adventist Clothing Depot Marvin or Arlene Frishman, 751-1985 Sexual Assault Program — Support Within Reach 444-9524 Shared Vision Audrey Thayer, 556-6239 Sons of Norway Bemidji Lodge 500 444-4361 Special Olympics 368-8002 St. Philip’s Clothing Depot 444-3835 Timber Bay Steve Hanson, 766-9997 United Way of the Bemidji Area Denae Alamano, 444-8929 VFW Auxiliary 1260 Margaret Booge, (218) 751-3258 VFW Post 1260 Jerry Wraa, (218) 776-3949 Village of Hope Homeless Shelter Sandy Hennum, 751-0722 Vision and Hearing Loss Support Group 751-2361 Watermark Art Center Lori Forshee-Donnay, 444-7570 Weight Watchers Sandy Underwood, 444-5556 Women’s Al-Anon 444-2525 Young Professionals Network Angela Liedke, 444-3541 ext. 109

HEALTH CARE Sanford Bemidji Medical Center 1300 Anne St. NW 751-5430

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is part of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. It employs more than 1,500 sta� members, 130 physicians and advanced practice providers, and leans on more than 500 volunteers. The hospital provides services such as acute rehabilitation, cardiology, ICU, kidney dialysis; pediatrics, obstetrics, orthopedics, surgery and 24-hour emergency care. The emergency department treats more than 30,000 patients a year and the level 2 nursery welcomes about 1,000 infants a year. In addition, Bemidji o�ers expanded services in areas of cancer, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine and women’s health.

Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic 1233 34th St. NW 333-5000

Specialties include audiology; ear, nose and throat; endocrinology; family medicine; infectious disease; internal medicine; neurology; nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology; pharmacy; radiation oncology; rheumatology; radiology; surgery: general, bariatric and vascular; and urology. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Sanford Bemidji Clinic and Walk-in Clinic 1611 Anne St. NW 333-5000

Specialties include dermatology, family medicine, ophthalmology, optical shop, optometry; outreach providers; pediatrics and podiatry. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Walk-in Clinic is open seven days a week. A Sanford pharmacy also is available on site. Sanford Bemidji 1705 Anne Street Clinic 1705 Anne St. NW 333-5000

Specialties at this location include diabetes; hematology, infusion clinic and pharmacy; medical nutrition therapy; medical oncology, pain management; palliative care, psychology and rheumatology. Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center 1300 Anne St. NW

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 751-9746 – Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Outpatient rehab 333-5899 – Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wound Care & Hyperbarics 333-4680 – Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays

Located on the west side of Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, specialties include hyperbaric therapy, orthopedics, outpatient rehab, including: cardiac rehab, children’s rehab, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pulmonary rehab; speech and language pathology, sports medicine and wound care.

Sanford Bemidji Home Care & Hospice 3201 Pine Ridge Avenue NW, Suite A 333-5665 Sanford Bemidji Heart and Vascular Center 1300 Anne St. NW 333-2485

Located within the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, this center o�ers a range of cardiology services and screenings. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Emergent cardiology services also are available 24/7. Sanford Eye Center & Optical 506 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-2020 and 1611 Anne St. W. 333-2020

Provides eye examinations, laser surgery and specialized care of cataracts and glaucoma. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Sanford Bemidji Sleep Center 3717 Pine Ridge Ave. NW 333-5000

WoodsEdge 1000 Anne St. NW 751-0220

Sanford Health WoodsEdge senior living campus o�ers services such as WoodsEdge’s senior and long-term care, Trillium memory care, Neilson Place nursing home and WindSong catered living.

Northern Dental Access Center 1405 Anne St. NW 444-9646

Serves low-income patients on Minnesota Health Care Plans such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, provides basic dental services to eligible children and families. Hours 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Evaluation and treatment of patients with problems related to sleep and wakefulness.

Core Health & Nutrition

Profile by Sanford 1217 Anne St. NW, Suite 1 209-4600

677 Anne St. NW Suite G 556-9089

The Profile system utilizes mealreplacement products, nutritionally complete food and qualified health coaches to ensure a sustainable means to healthy weight loss. Sanford HealthCare Accessories 1705 Anne St. NW, Suite #1 759-9391

HealthCare Accessories provides orthotic/ prosthetic goods and services, respiratory services, including oxygen and nebulizer therapy, durable medical equipment, sleep aids, and wheelchair and mobility aids. It also provide accessibility aids for commercial and residential applications. These include elevators and lifts, personal transfer systems and other products. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Sanford OccMed 1705 Anne Street NW 333-4735

Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Sanford OccMed o�ers convenient care across the region to benefit your business, with quality care to keep your employees healthy and on the job. Baker Park Housing 803 Dewey Avenue N 751-7249

HUD subsidized apartment living for seniors. Sanford Bemidji Senior Behavioral Health Unit 800 Bemidji Avenue N 333-0323

Sanford Bemidji’s Senior Behavioral Health Unit is a short-stay inpatient program designed for older people with symptoms or behaviors that interfere with their social, vocational or educational functioning.

O�ers nutrition counseling, corporate consultation and tips for healthy living.

Children’s/Youth Services Youth Crisis Center (218) 751-4332 Community Services (218) 751-8223 Youth Drop-In Center (218) 751-8223

Evergreen Youth & Family Services is a private, nonprofit youth and family service provider o�ering a continuum of services to keep youth safe, help them successfully transition to adulthood, and provide support to parents and caregivers at three sites in Bemidji. The Youth Shelter, 622 Mississippi Ave., provides temporary housing for youth ages 9-17. On-site family counseling at the shelter is free for area children, youth and families. The Community Services site, 610 Patriot Drive NW., provides transitional housing, family counseling, street outreach, and independent living skills to area youth and families. The Youth Drop-In Center, 610 Patriot Drive NW., serves youth and young adults ages 14-21 with free food, computer and internet access, and advice and support. North Homes Children and Family Services (218) 751-0282

North Homes Children and Family Services o�ers a broad spectrum of community-based treatment and care options for children and families to best meet their needs. North Homes o�ers a service continuum that takes an individualized and holistic approach to treatment. Services range from the least restrictive community-based to secure, correctional programming.

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Bemidji Community Profile Source: U.S. Census Bureau

POPULATION SUMMARY 2000 total population 2010 total population 2016 total population 2021 population projection


15-MILE RADIUS 30-MILE RADIUS 33,456 55,015 37,737 60,502 39,396 62,885 40,545 64,604

15-MILE RADIUS $48,500



15-MILE RADIUS $159,545


MedExpress 2317 Bemidji Ave. N 751-2648

MedExpress features a full medical team, o�ering a range of services, including urgent care, basic wellness and prevention, and employer health services. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. No appointments are necessary.

30-MILE RADIUS $49,293

15-MILE RADIUS $24,852

30-MILE RADIUS $25,703

30-MILE RADIUS $169,501



POPULATION BY EDUCATION (2016 figures, 15-mile radius) Less than 9th grade 1.9% 9th-12th grade 6.3% High school graduate 19.6% GED/Alternative 4.6% Some college, no degree 22.8% Associate degree 14.0% Bachelor’s degree 20.3% Graduate/professional degree 10.6%

Gymnastics for Children

True North Health Care

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514 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-7172

O�ers a community supported health care model. Intregrative medicine approach, considering the whole person (body, mind, spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. True North Health provides a home for small independent health related businesses to help people achieve their best possible health.

Classes for preschool and school aged children _____________________ Open Gym – Birthday Parties


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POPULATION BY AGE (2016 figures, 15-mile radius) 0-4 6.8% 5-9 6.6% 10-14 6.3% 15-24 17.1% 25-34 14.0% 35-44 10.7% 45-54 11.1% 55-64 12.4% 65-74 8.7% 75-84 4.4% 85+ 2.0%

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ABOUT BEMIDJI Where is Bemidji located? • 90 miles south of Rainy River, Ontario • 112 miles southwest of Fort Frances, Ontario on US Highway 71 • 113 miles east of Grand Forks on US Highway 2 • 143 miles west of Duluth on US Highway 2 • 211 miles northwest of Minneapolis What does “Bemidji” mean? • Bemidji is derived from the Ojibwe (Chippewa) phrase ‘Bay-meji-gamaug’ meaning “flowing through or across,” designating the course of the Mississippi River through Lake Bemidji. How big is Lake Bemidji? • Lake Bemidji has 14.8 miles of shoreline, covers 6,420 acres and is 76 feet at its deepest point. How was Lake Bemidji formed? • Local legend claims the lake is Paul Bunyan’s footprint; however geologists claim it was formed from glacial activity. The Mississippi River flows through the southern portion. The power dam downstream helps control the water level. Where is the headwaters of the Mississippi River? • 31 miles southwest of Bemidji on US Highway 71. The headwaters is located in Itasca State Park. How tall is Paul Bunyan and how old is he? • Paul is 18 feet tall. The statue was constructed in 1937. When does Lake Bemidji freeze over? • The average date is December 5. The average date of ice-out is April 26. When do the leaves turn color? • Average peak season for fall colors is the week of September 22. What is the population of the city? • 13,431, according to the 2010 census. But that number can be deceiving, because so many people live in nearby townships and still consider Bemidji home. According to the 2010 census, the populations of the six adjacent townships (Eckles, Northern, Turtle River, Grant Valley, Bemidji and Frohn) and the city of Wilton totaled

14,058. Add that to the city of Bemidji and you get 27,489. Bemidji is a regional hub. According to the most recent ESRI Community Profile, the population within a 15-mile radius of Bemidji was 39,396; within a 30-mile radius it was 62,885. How does the Mississippi River flow “north” to Bemidji? • The continental divide is located in the area. Water flows north to Hudson Bay and south to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River flows north into Lake Bemidji, then east with the northernmost point of the river east of Lake Bemidji. It continues to the southeast to Grand Rapids, Minn., before it takes a more southerly direction.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2018 February 2-3 7 8 9-18 9 10 10 16 17 17 18 22-25 24 24


Jazz Fest at Bemidji State University Stone Sour and Halestorm at Sanford Center Lee Brice at Sanford Center “Wait Until Dark” by Bemidji Community Theater at Chief Theater Boys & Girls Club of Bemidji Area “An Evening of Love for our Kids” Frozen Ox 5K Fun Run/Walk Candlelight Snowshoe at Lake Bemidji State Park Winter Family Formal Dance at Sanford Center Daddy-Daughter Dance at Sanford Center Minnesota Finlandia XC Ski Marathon at Buena Vista Ski Area Bemidji Symphony Orchestra “Trading Places” at BHS Auditorium Eelpout Festival in Walker e3, Elevated Epicurean Experience at Headwaters Science Center Chief Theater Movie Night Fundraiser

March 3 Great Northern Radio Show 3 Northland Fat Tire Bike Rally 3 HSC Birthday and Free Day at Headwaters Science Center 3-4 Headwaters Builders Show at Bemidji Armory 9 Bemidji Concert Series featuring Atlantic Reed Consort 10 Chief Theater Movie Night Fundraiser 17 Shamrock Shuffle 5K/10K 17 World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade 21 Bemidji Day at the Capitol 23-24 National Archery in the Schools State Tournament at Gillett Wellness Center 24-25 Bemidji Figure Skating Club Fantasy on Ice 25 Bemidji Symphony Orchestra “A Woman’s Role” at BHS Auditorium 28 Harlem Globetrotters at Sanford Center

April 6-8 Bemidji Jaycees Home, Sport & Travel Show 6-8, 13-15 “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by Bemidji Community Theater at Chief Theater 21 Monroe Crossing performs at Chief Theater 21 Bemidji’s Biggest Indoor Garage Sale & Craft Show 28 Brad Paisley at Sanford Center 29 Bemidji Symphony Orchestra “Piano Rolls” at BHS Auditorium

June 2 Muskie Fishing Opener 2-3 Leech Lake Walleye Tournament 8-10 Take a Kid Fishing Weekend 8-10, 13-16 “Ring of Fire” at Paul Bunyan Playhouse 9 Grandma’s Attic Big Flea & Vintage Market 9 Knights of Columbus Walleye Clasic 10 Bark for Life of Beltrami County 15 Wells Fargo/Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament 17 Bike Bemidji Loop the Lake Fesitval 21-23 Moondance Jammin’ Country 22-24, 27-30 “The Complete History of America Abridged” at Paul Bunyan Playhouse 29-July 4 Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival

July 1 Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival Parade 6-14 “Clue the Musical” at Paul Bunyan Playhouse 19-21 Moondance Jam 20 BSU’s Annual Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament 20-22, 25-28 “Steel Magnolias” at Paul Bunyan Playhouse 21-22 Art in the Park 23-28 Birchmont Golf Tournament

August 1-4 1-5, 8-11 3-5 8-12 18-19 25

Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival “Hairspray” at Paul Bunyan Playhouse 13th annual Lake Itasca Family Music Festival Beltrami County Fair Forestedge Winery Art Fair Northwoods De-feet Violence 10-mile run & 5K Fun Run/Walk

September 1-3 8 11-13 22


Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament Run/Walk/Skate for Suicide Prevention North Country Arts & Crafts Workshop Relay for Life of Beltrami County

October Bemidji State University Commencement Northwest Technical College Commencement Walk MS Bemidji Walleye Fishing Opener Leech Lake Memorial Pow Wow


Bemidji State University Homecoming Week

November 23

Night We Light Parade

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Bemidji High School Graduation

227 Adams Ave NW - Bemidji • 1 block west of the high school

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