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About Bemidji............................................37 Dog and Cat Licenses..............................7 Post Office..................................................... 6 Airport/Airlines..................................13, 25 Drivers Licenses..........................................7 Preschools................................................... 18 Ambulance Service................................. 10 Elected Officials.................................. 13-15 Private/Parochial Schools..............17-18 Arts/Entertainment.........................26-27 Emergency Numbers............................... 6 Public Safety.........................................10-11 Attractions...................................................24 Extension Service...................................... 5 Radio Stations............................................. 9 Audubon Society.................................... 30 Farm Service Agency............................ 13 Recreation........................................... 30-32 Bemidji Area Chamber Fire Department....................................... 10 Recreational Vehicle Licenses............ 6 of Commerce.............................................22 Fitness Centers........................................ 30 Restaurant Guide..............................28-29 Beltrami County Government........... 13 Food Shelf..................................................... 6 Sanford Center..........................................24 Bemidji City Government.................... 14 Frequently Asked Questions..............37 Sheriff’s Department............................... 11 Bemidji Public Schools......................... 16 Garbage Collection................................... 5 Shooting Ranges..................................... 31 Bemidji Senior Activity Center............ 6 Golf Courses............................................. 30 Skating/Hockey Rinks.......................... 31 Bemidji State University....................... 19 Greater Bemidji.........................................22 Skiing...................................................... 31-32 Bicycling...................................................... 30 Health Care......................................... 35-36 Snowmobiling............................................ 31


“For Your Information” is what this publication is all about. It includes everything from finding a restaurant to getting a license for your pet. This is the 21st year the Bemidji Pioneer has published “FYI Bemidji.” We have updated it​s look and its content​in an effort 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.

Blood Donation........................................... 5 Hospital.........................................................35 Social Security.......................................... 13 Boat Launch Locations......................... 31 Human Services....................................... 13 Soil & Water Conservation District......13 Boat Licenses.............................................. 6 Lake Bemidji State Park.......................32 Sports Organizations..................... 30-32 Building Permits........................................12 Library Services.......................................22 Square Dancing........................................32 Bus Service.................................................25 License Plates..............................................7 Support Groups........................................34 Business Directory.................................... 4 Marriage Licenses..................................... 6 Taxi Service.................................................25 Cable Television Providers.................... 9 Minnesota State Government........... 15 Television Station....................................... 9 Campgrounds........................................... 30 Museums.....................................................24 Township Government.......................... 15 Charter Schools...................................17-18 Newspaper.................................................... 9 United States Government................. 15 Child Care...................................................... 6 Northwest Technical United Way.................................................... 5 Children’s Services................................ 36 College-Bemidji........................................ 18 Utilities............................................................ 8 Churches......................................................23 Oak Hills Christian College................. 18 Visit Bemidji................................................22 Clinics.................................................... 35-36 Outdoor Program Center..................... 31 Voter Information....................................... 6 Clothing Assistance/Donations......... 5 Parks...................................................... 30-32 Weather.......................................................... 9 Community Profile..................................37 Passports....................................................... 6 Websites.......................................................33 Community Organizations..................34 Police Department.................................. 10 Woodcarving..............................................32

FYIBemidji Contributors: Annalise Braught, Daltyn Lofstrom, Madelyn Haasken, Matthew Liedke, Bria Barton, Christian Babcock, Jillian Gandsey, Chris Johnson, James Hanson, Lindsay Nygren, Todd Keute, Kelly Reid, Micah Friez, Dennis Doeden. FYIBemidji | 2022 | 3


Antiques Repurpose Shed & Big Al’s Antiques 9814 Bemidji Rd. NE 751-8516 See ad on page 35 Arts Gallery Watermark Art Center 505 Bemidji Ave. N 444-7570 See ad on Page 26 Automotive Bemidji Chrysler Center 755 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-8006 See ad on Page 11 Detail Plus 211 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 444-7587 See ad on Page 30 Exhaust Pros 219 Cars Ct. NW 759-1264 See ad on Page 26 Far North Auto 9814 Bemidji Rd. NE 751-8516 See ad on Page 35 Tires Plus 2525 Middle School Rd. NW 759-2000 See ad on Page 29 Valvoline Instant Oil Change 500 Paul Bunyan Drive SE 444-9338 1700 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 444-9921 See ad on Page 36 Banks American National Bank 1317 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 558-5240 See ad on page 2 First National Bank of Bemidji 1600 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-2430 See ad on page 18 Security Bank USA 1025 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-1510 See ad on Page 9 Bookkeeping & Tax Services Kalvig & Associates 359 Main St N., Blackduck 835-4546 See ad on page 29 Churches Evangelical Free Church 115 Carr Lake Rd. SW 751-8834 See ad on page 22 Eckankar The Path of Spiritual Freedom ECK Light and Sound Services 218-467-3302, See ad on Page 23 First Lutheran Church 900 Bemidji Ave. N 444-5302 See ad on Page 22 New Salem Lutheran Church 7491 Island View Dr. NE 586-2262 See ad on page 23

Communications Midco Communications 314 3rd St. NW 1-800-888-1300 See ad on Page 32 Community Resources Community Resource Connections 716 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 333-6838 See ad on page 10 Concrete Services Crete & Co. 9694 Peace Ln. NW 766-0052 See ad on page 12 Credit Unions TruStar Federal Credit Union 2313 TruStar Ave. NW 444-5567 See ad on Page 33 Affinity Plus Credit Union 2800 Hannah Ave. NW 322-7228 See ad on page 21 Education Bemidji State University 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE 755-2040 See ad on Page 20 Northwest Technical College 905 Grant Ave. SE 333-6600 See ad on Page 20 Red Lake Nation College 15480 Migizi Dr, Red Lake (218) 679-2860 See ad on Page 19 Employment Services Always There Staffing 2522 Hannah Ave. NW 444-6533 See ad on Page 14 Eye Care Third Street Optical 212 3rd St. NW 333-3937 See ad on Page 5 Environmental Services Beltrami County Environmental Services 701 Minnesota Ave. NW Ste. 113 333-4158 See ad on page 8 Gift Shops Morell’s Chippewa Trading Post 301 Bemidji Ave. N. 751-4321 See ad on Page 28 Hair Salons Hair Naturally 2219 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW #8 751-1607 See ad on Page 24 Heating and Air Conditioning Higgins Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 1632 Bemidji Ave. N 751-2801 See ad on Page 25 Naylor Heating & Refrigeration 172 Spirit Ave. 444-4328 See ad on Page 15

Home Builder Wausau Homes Bemidji 920 Washington Ave. S 751-8615 See ad on Page 17 Insurance Headwaters Mutual Insurance 2820 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-5405 See ad on Page 5 Jerry Downs Farmers Insurance 1425 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 333-3555 See ad on Page 28 Liquor Stores Northern Liquor 3324 Bemidji Ave. N 751-3312 See ad on Page 25 Movie Theaters Bemidji Theater 5284 Theatre Lane NW 444-6684 See ad on Page 27 Newspapers Bemidji Pioneer 802 Paul Bunyan Dr. S 333-9200 See ad on Page 38 Outdoor & Sporting Goods Ridge Top Outdoors 149 Convenience Ln. SE 444-8700 See ad on page 27 Outdoor Supply L&M Fleet Supply 2740 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-3237 See ad on Page 24 Pet Supplies Pets Plus 2014 Anne St. NW 444-4738 See ad on Page 31 Plumbing & Heating Dick’s Plumbing & Heating 427 Mag Seven Court SW 751-4964 See ad on Page 8 Pregnancy Counseling Northwoods Pregnancy Care Center 2300 Bemidji Ave. N #1 444-3035 See ad on page 39 Real Estate Bill Oakes Century 21 1085 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 766-7932 See ad on page 15 Grimes Realty 2815 Bemidji Ave. N 751-3123 See ad on Page 12 Recycling Beltrami County Solid Waste Management 751 Industrial Park Dr. SE 333-8187 See ad on back cover Vintage Aircraft Restoration/ Aerospace Fabrication AirCorps Aviation 1259 Exchange Ave. SE 444-4478 See ad on Page 7

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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 reducedprice 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 Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations may be made at the center’s drop-off closet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Clothing can be dropped off anytime in a blue box outside of the center.

Garbage collection Waste Management offers commercial weekly professional garbage removal service. 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 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and closed on

United Way 716 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-8929 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.

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

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Memorial Blood Centers Memorial Blood Centers hosts blood drives in the Bemidji area. To schedule an appointment call (218) 723-8080 or visit 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. Vitalant Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, also hosts blood drives in the Bemidji area. You can make an appointment to give blood at www. or by calling (877) 827-4376.

Tuesday and Sunday. Call 751-1668 or 766-0563 for information. Recycling bins are placed at the following locations: Ten Lakes Rural Site, 23170 Power Dam Rd NE; Fourtown Rural Site, 68030 Hwy 89 NW, Grygla; Pinewood Rural Site, 16909 Grange Rd NW, Pinewood; at Northdale Oil at 8000 Irvine Avenue just north of the Highway 71 underpass; behind Target on 23rd Street Northwest. Recycling transfer stations are also around Beltrami County. For locations, visit the Beltrami county website and click on the solid waste tab,

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Marriage licenses Applications for marriage licenses can be filled out in the License Center, Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. NW. License fee is $115 or $40 with 12 hours of premarital counseling; good for six months anywhere in Minnesota. Call 333-4148 for more information. Hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information visit the website at:

Bemidji Senior Center 216 Third St. NW (218) 751-8836 The mission of the Bemidji Senior 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 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Passports 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 offers 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 218-333-4148.

Emergency numbers Emergencies: 911 Road Conditions: 800-542-0220 or 511 Minnesota Poison Control: 800-222-1222 Beltrami County Sheriff and non-emergencies: 218-333-9111

Voter registration 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 evennumbered years) or download at: https://www.sos.state. 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 www.sos. 6 | FYIBemidji | 2022

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.

Post Office 401 Irvine Ave. NW, 218-751-1059. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Booklets listing the various fees and operation regulations are available at the office. 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 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 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 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 wild ricing season and non-motorized watercraft 10 feet in length or less.

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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.

Driver’s 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 4:15 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 registering your pet(s):

The pet owner is required to provide their name and address, phone number, the name, breed, color and sex of each dog or cat owned or kept and being licensed. 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 least the term of the license. Licenses cost $10 for spayed or neutered dogs or cats 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. Caleb Hanson, Animal Control official 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) 333-9111; Animal Care Clinic, (218) 444-2222; 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

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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, 739-8877, 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. Established in 1940, Beltrami Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative located in Bemidji. Beltrami Electric provides power to over 17,000 member-owners within a 3,000-square-mile service area that includes parts of Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca and Koochiching counties. 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, 444-6637. 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. Another fuel oil supplier in the area is Bemidji Oil & Propane, 444-5522.

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FM Stations

KBHP KB101 101.1.........................Country

KCRB (MPR) 88.5......................Classical

KKWB Coyote 102.5....................Country

KBSB 89.7.......................................... Top 40

KKBJ The Mix 103.7.......Contemporary

Television station

KOJB 90.1 The Eagle.... Native American

KBUN 104.5........................................Sports

Lakeland PBS PBS 751-3407

KBXE 90.5...........Northern Community

KBJI 106.3...................................... Religious

KNBJ (MPR) 91.3...............................News

KKEQ QFM 107.1/94.9..............Christian

Cable providers Midco 314 3rd St. NW 800-888-1300 Paul Bunyan Communications 1831 Anne St. NW 444-1234

WMIS The River 92.1.........................Rock KBHW 92.7................................... Religious

AM Stations

KOPJ 93.5...................................... Religious

WBKK 820.................................... Religious

KKZY KZY-FM 95.5.......Contemporary

KPMI 1300......................Classic Country

WBJI Babe Country 98.3..........Country

KKBJ 1360................................................ Talk

KLLZ Z99-FM 99.1............ Classic Rock

KBUN 1450.........................................Sports

Weather information Bemidji Climate 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. 21

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Fire Chief Chris Loebs, and 40 paid-on-call firefighters. Non-emergencies: 333-9111 Emergencies: 911 The Bemidji Rural Fire Association partners The Bemidji Police Department consists of a with the City of Bemidji to provide fire protecforce of 34 full-time officers led by Police Chief tion for the Bemidji area. The department covers Michael Mastin. The administrative support city limits, 15 townships and the communities of staff includes a crime analyst and an adminWilton and Turtle River. The total fire departistrative legal assistant. Officers respond to all ment service area covers 522 square miles that public safety and traffic calls, and four fullinclude approximately 35,000 people. time detectives investigate crime. Officer squad The fire department answers about 1,200 cars are equipped with life-saving equipemergency calls per year. ment such as defibrillators, first aid supplies A full list of the fire department’s equipment and Naloxone. Officers also are equipped with can be found on its website. body-worn cameras. To schedule tours, call the department’s busiParking and animal control are enforced by a ness number, 751-8001. The mobile fire safety non-licensed community service officer. training house is available to communities and Two Bemidji Police Officers are currently asevents for fire safety training during the spring signed to Bemidji Area Schools — one to the and summer months. Bemidji High School and the other to the BemiThe fire department has four stations. Station dji Middle School. No. 1 is located at 318 Fifth St. NW and three subThe police department belongs to a multistations are located at 312 Lake Ave. SE, and 3810 jurisdictional SWAT team that responds to high- Moberg Dr. NW and 883 Winter Sumac Road NE. risk situations and high-risk search warrants. The police department has an officer assigned Bemidji Ambulance Service to the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force as well as 1419 Anne St. NW 218-444-3328 the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force. Bemidji Ambulance Service, Inc. is the largest privately-owned ambulance service in MinBemidji Fire nesota. Family owned and operated since 1961, Business: 751-8001 Emergencies: 911 it responds to more than 4,200 calls for service The Bemidji Fire Department, 318 Fifth St. each year. Bemidji Ambulance is a full-time AdNW, consists of eight full-time firefighters who vanced Life Support service, staffing three duty crews 24/7, 365 days a year. are on duty 24 hours a day, including Interim

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Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Non-emergencies: 333-9111 Emergencies: 911 The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is led by Sheriff Ernie Beitel and is located in the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center, 613 Minnesota Ave. NW. The Sheriff’s Office 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 Sheriff’s Office: field patrol deputies, criminal investigators, civil process officers, 911 communications officers, bailiffs, corrections officers,

records technicians, boat and water and snowmobile patrol officers, emergency management and administrative staff. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office staff includes a chief deputy, seven sergeants, one patrol captain, three investigators, 19 patrol deputies, two recreational enforcement deputies, four court deputies, six bailiffs, 15 communications officers, seven records technicians, one emergency manager, and a jail staff of 38. Deputies patrol 3,056 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. The agencies that constitute the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force include the sheriff offices of Beltrami, Hubbard and Mahnomen counties. Cass County is an associate member of the task force since it does not have a deputy assigned to the group full time. Also, the task force includes the police departments of Bemidji, White Earth, Leech Lake, Park Rapids and International Falls, as well as the Minnesota National Guard and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Thirteen agents are assigned to the task force, including one supervisor who is employed by Beltrami County.

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Building permits 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 makes recommendations to

the Joint Planning Board, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month. The Planning office and Building Deparment share the same area of City Hall. 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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The Beltrami County Health and Human Services Department, the county’s largest budget item, is housed in the Beltrami County Community Services Center, second 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 staff and provider training, and agency administration.

Elected County Officers

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 Sam Christenson. 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, ext. 2 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 Office can handle all your questions in regard to status, benefits and Medicare. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

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 John Knorr, Chairman, Reed Olson, Ron Johnson, Jorge Prince, Jim Lucachick

County Commissioners District 1 Craig Gaasvig 766-9699 District 2 Reed Olson 766-0383 District 3 Richard Anderson 467-3275 District 4 Tim Sumner 407-7589 District 5 Jim Lucachick 586-3523 Attorney David Hanson 333-4219 Sheriff Ernie Beitel 333-9111 Auditor/Treasurer Jodee Treat 333-4175 District Court Judges John Melbye, Shari Schluchter, Annie Claesson-Huseby and Jeanine Brand 333-4120


Health and Human Services

Appointed County Officers Administrator Thomas Barry 333-8478 Assessor Joe Skerik 333-4146 Facilities Management Steve Shadrick 333-8475 Environmental Services Brent Rud, 333-4158 GIS/Mapping Kevin Trappe 333-8457 Highway Engineer Bruce Hasbargen 333-8173 Human Resources Linda Tran 333-4155 Health & Human Services Economic Assistance 333-8300 Social Services 333-4223 Public Health 333-8140 Information Systems Ron Pula 333-4151 License Center Debbie Reierson 333-4148 Natural Resource Management Richard Moore 333-4210 Recorder Charlene Sturk 333-4170 Veterans Services Shane Gustafson 333-4178

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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. They can also be streamed at the city’s website. 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 759-3560.

City commissions and boards Charter Commission 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.

City Council members Mayor Jorge Prince 407-7312 Ward 1 Audrey Thayer 556-6171 Ward 2 Josh Peterson 209-1705 Ward 3 Ron Johnson 751-0415 Ward 4 Emelie Rivera 760-5552 Ward 5 Vacant At Large Daniel Jourdain 556-8733

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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 officers 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 Samantha Jones, clerk 333-3617 Eckles Mary Lou Milender, clerk 759-0830 Frohn Kym Kovaicic 766-3613 Grant Valley Angela Schmidt, clerk 766-3669 Liberty Margaret Curtis, clerk 444-6956 Northern Mary Israelson, clerk 751-4989 Port Hope Naomi Paulson, clerk 586-2525 Ten Lake James Marcotte, clerk 556-1487 Turtle Lake Lynn Johnson, clerk 586-2379 Turtle River Tanya Hanson, clerk 444-7202

Hubbard County Farden Laurel Schummer, clerk 368-5654 Helga Aric Porter, clerk 247-1860 Rockwood Jean Diffley, clerk 751-5672

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Bemidji Area Schools Independent School District 31, more commonly known as Bemidji Area Schools, covers approximately 825 square miles, serves roughly 4,800 students and employs 399 teachers, 247 paraprofessionals, 42 secretaries, 47 food service workers, 12 principals and 70 bus drivers. The district has seven elementary schools, including Gene Dillon Elementary, a clearinghouse for fourth- and fifth-graders here. Beyond those, the district has Bemidji Middle School for grades 6-8 and Bemidji High School for grades 9-12. Lumberjack High School is a school within the high school that helps students who struggle 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 high-technology fields, while the high school has a growing participation in the Minnesota Innovation Institute, 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.

District 31 Administration

Superintendent Tim Lutz.......................................... 333-3100 ext. 31120 Director of Special Education Alexis Wilde.................................. 333-3100 ext. 31104 Director of Human Resources Jordan Hickman.......................... 333-3100 ext. 31113 Director of Business Services Krisi Fenner.................................. 333-3100 ext. 31125 Director of Curriculum/ Admin. Services Colleen Cardenuto.................... 333-3100 ext. 31103


Robert Wicklund....................... 333-3225 ext. 33191

Community Education

Rachel Amdahl........................... 333-3284 ext. 35311

Food Service

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

District School Nurse

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Bemidji Community Education offers 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 general interest topics. Community Ed also has aquatics programming, which offers 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.

Adult Basic Education Bemidji Area Schools contracts for Adult Basic Education services. ABE is now offered through the Northwest Service Cooperative and its classroom is located within Northwest Technical College. The core ABE offerings include basic skills enhancement and services for tutoring, obtaining a GED or an adult diploma, and learning English as a second language. A growing area of emphasis is workforce preparation. Northwest Technical College, Room 220, 333-6670 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays

Bemidji High School

Principal Jason Stanoch.............................444-1600 ext. 63305 Assistant Principal (A-K) Kyle Resler.....................................444-1600 ext. 63306 Assistant Principal (L-Z) Christine Christiansen ............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 Kyle McMartin............................. 333-3215 ext. 52031 Dean of Students/ Activities Director Andra Vaughn.............................. 333-3215 ext. 52021

Lumberjack High School

Principal Jason Stanoch.............................444-1600 ext. 3700

First City School

Principal Tiffany Palmer ........................... 333-3458

Elementary Schools

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 Indian Education....................... 333-3187 Alternative Education Center................. 333-3299

School Board members

Carol Johnson............................... 751-0415 Jeff Lind.......................................... 333-0918 Ann Long Voelkner................... 333-0510 Gabriel Warren............................ 308-7105 Sarah Young................................ 333-6959

Heartland Christian Academy

Schoolcraft Learning Community

9914 Heartland Circle NW 751-1751 Heartland Christian Academy offers a Christ-centered education from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Heartland offers personalized, personal attention to its students by keeping small class sizes. Enrollment was 97 in 2021-22 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

8955 Deer School Road NW 444-2102 Schoolcraft Learning Community is a public charter school serving nearly 200 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 family-like 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.

Heartland Christian High School

1600 Oak Hills Road SW 751-1751 Heartland Christian Academy offers a Christ-centered education for grades nine through twelve. Heartland Apple Blossom Village offers personalized, personal attention to its students by keeping small class sizes, students in the 303 Railroad St SW 766-0640 high school program can dual enroll in online college Apple Blossom Village is a small program currently providcourses. Enrollment was 6 in 2021-22. ing kindergarten through third-grade options for homeschool students and operating a private kindergarten program. The TrekNorth Junior/Senior High program serves around 30 students enrolled for 3 or 4 days per week. Apple Blossom Village nurtures an inner enthusi2400 Pine Ridge Ave. NW 444-1888 asm for learning through inspired programs that embrace the TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School is a pubwhole child, whole family and whole community, according to lic charter school that serves around 250 students in its director. The school also offers summer day camps. grades 6-12. TrekNorth, which offers a college-readiness curriculum in a small class size setting, initially St. Philip’s School was founded in 2003. TrekNorth also offers an outdoor adventure program 702 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-4938 and service-learning program to provide students with Established in 1926, St. Philip’s School, the only Cathowilderness and service opportunities designed to prolic school in the area, serves students in preschool through eighth grade, academically and religiously. mote leadership and integrity. Offering a values-based curriculum, St. Philip’s had 360 TrekNorth is its own public school district, No. 4106. Application details are available on the school’s website. Catholic and non-Catholic students in 2021-22.

Bemidji Public Library 509 America Ave. NW 751-3963 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 offers 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 offers a full schedule of programs for people of all ages and interests, including storytime programs for pre-kindergarten children, 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 staffed by Friends volunteers. LIBRARY HOURS M-Thu.: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. | F-Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Closed: Sun. BOOKSTORE HOURS Tue.: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | W: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thu.: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. |F: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat.: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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St. Mark’s School

Oak Hills Christian College

2220 Anne St. NW 444-3939 St. Mark’s School serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod church. It offers a full curriculum, including religion courses and is guided by Pastor Ben Zamzow and Principal Nathan Bitter. The congregation’s regular offerings support about 90 percent of the educational costs for member children. Non-member parents pay tuition set each year by the Board of Education. In 2021-22, 28 students were enrolled at St. Mark’s.

Founded in 1946, Oak Hills Christian College is an interdenominational college located on the shores of Lake Marquette, south of Bemidji. The college offers 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, offering summer camp for kids, and the Center for Indian Ministries. People to know – Call 751-8670 for all Martin Giese ��������������������������������������������������������������������������President Sue Glidden ����������������������������������Vice President of Academics and Administration Leesa Drury ������������������������������ Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Marketing Kierlyn Ward ���������������������������������������������Director of Admissions Scott Bucha �������������������������������������������Camp Oak Hills Director Paul Straubel ����������������Center for Indian Ministries Director Jeremy Anderson �������������������������������������������������Athletic Director

Voyageurs Expeditionary School 3724 Bemidji Ave. N. 444-3130 Voyageurs Expeditionary School is a free public charter high school serving grades 6-12. VEHS opened in 2003 and currently serves approximately 100 students. Applications are available online or from the school office.

Preschools The Bemidji area has a variety of options for families seeking a preschool or early-childhood education option. From the Bemidji Area Schools Early Childhood Family Education programming to preschools offered through local churches, there are a range of choices. Families can learn about child care options and details on licenses at The Minnesota Department of Human Services leads Parent Aware in coordination with the Minnesota Office of Early Learning.

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Bemidji State University On the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University offers 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 offers a broad range of professional degrees, including business, education, nursing and criminal justice, as well as such hard-to-find majors as aquatic biology, design technology and wilderness management. Many courses are available on campus and online, and BSU’s online program is one of the largest in greater Minnesota. Small class sizes allow students to build rapport with faculty whose scholarship and practical knowledge lend real-world relevance to their teaching. With more than 60 undergraduate and nine graduate programs offered, students can pursue programs that fit their personal needs and interests. Students have numerous opportunities for first-hand experiences in service and global learning, from community-wide service projects to extended educational and cultural excursions abroad.

Northwest Technical College Northwest Technical College is a college of health care, business, automotive technology, early child education, and building trades. It integrates a rigorous curriculum and applied learning, both on campus and online and through workforce training partnerships. For decades, students at the college have prepared for successful careers in northern Minnesota and beyond. Students choose their own combination of certificate, diploma and degree programs, with each credential building on the one before it for a seamless, stackable experience. With guidance from faculty and staff advisers, students plan an academic journey to meet their specific goals and adapt to their own unique lives and experiences. Numbers to know Faith Hensrud, President ��������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2011 Darrin Strosahl, Vice President for Academic Affairs �������333-6611 Admissions ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2040 Financial Aid �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2034 General Information ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 755-2001

Faith Hensrud, President ���������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2011 Allen Bedford, Provost, VP for Academic Affairs �������������� 755-3999 Karen Snorek, VP for Finance and Administration ���������� 755-2012 Travis Greene, Associate VP for Student Life and Success ��� 755-2075


Admissions ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 755-2040 Alumni Office �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-3989 American Indian Resource Center ������������������������������������������ 755-2032 Career Services ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2038 Communications & Marketing ���������������������������������������������������� 755-2041 Financial Aid ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2034 Records/Registrar ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2020 Residential Life ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-3750 Beaver Athletics ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2941


A.C. Clark Library ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-3342 University Bookstore ��������������������������������������������������������������������� 444-8509 Campus Recreation �������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-4135 Center for Extended Learning ��������������������������������������������������� 755-2068 Graduate Studies ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 755-2027 Hobson Memorial Union ��������������������������������������������������������������� 755-3760 Outdoor Program Center �������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2999 General Information ������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2001 Distance Learning ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2068

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College of Arts, Education and Humanities ����������������755-2989 English; History/Humanities/Philosophy; Languages and Indigenous Studies; Law School Early Admission; 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 �������������755-2259 Center for Sustainability Studies; Community and Criminal Justice Studies; Human Performance, Sport and Health; Nursing; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology and Communication Studies; Social Work Selective Integrative Programs Honors ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 755-3355 Humanities ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-4124 Indigenous Studies ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2032 International Studies ��������������������������������������������������������������������������755-2756 Physics Program ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������755-2796 Gender & Women’s Studies ���������������������������������������������������������� 755-2540 Cultural Events Honors Program Lecture Series ������������������������������������������������� 755-3984 Music Department ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 755-2915 Talley Gallery ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 755-2950

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300 Bemidji Ave. N 759-0164 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. Visit Bemidji is located in the Tourist Information Center next to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues.

Greater Bemidji 102 1st St. W Suite 101 444-5757 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 102 1st St. W Suite 101 (Mayflower Building) 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 made up of a number of councils and committees that are guided by the program of work.


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Assembly of God

Crossroads Church 3354 Laurel Dr. NW 444-8205 First Assembly of God 1015 Fourth St. SE 751-2485 Missionary Fellowship 1016 Causen Ave. SE 751-4400


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


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


St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal 1800 Irvine Ave. NW 444-7131

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


Aardahl Lutheran Church 2920 Van Buren Ave. SE 444-8865 Bethany Free Lutheran 1300 Beltrami Ave. NW 759-9188 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 Ministry 1221 Birchmont Dr. NE 751-5326 Malvik Lutheran 27689 474th St. Guthrie 751-7538 New Salem Lutheran 7491 Island View Dr. NE 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

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Trinity Free Lutheran Church 12886 Highway 89 NW 751-7272 Trinity Lutheran (Missouri Synod) 123 29th St. NE 444-4441 Trinity Lutheran Debs 26685 Debs Road NW 243-2935


United Methodist 924 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-3503


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3033 Birchmont Dr. NE (605) 877-2782


New Life Church 616 Wood Ave. SE 760-2570


First Presbyterian 501 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-5016


Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Headwaters Peace Center 1826 Mikrantip Rd, SW


All Saints of North America 5232 Irvine Ave. NW 719-989-7612 Baha’i Faith Interfaith spiritual gatherings bemidji Bemidji Seventh-day Adventist 4400 Eckles Rd. NW 333-7322 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 Church of Christ Bemidji 692 Mag Seven Court SW 444-7895 Church of Christ Temple Lot 14748 Wilderness Drive NE 586-2743 Cornerstone Community 414 Lincoln Ave. SE 760-0993 (south entrance)

Eckankar The Path of Spiritual Freedom 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 605-519-3122 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 218-266-3608 Real Life Christian Fellowship 5097 Scribner Road NW 444-7150 United Pentecostal Church 616 Wood Ave. SE 333-0577

Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m. Join us in person or watch our service live on YouTube New Salem Lutheran Church (ELCA) 7491 Island View Drive, NE in Turtle River (10 miles north of Bemidji on US Highway 71) 218.586.2262/ Whoever you are and wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here! FYIBemidji | 2022 | 23


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 off 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 adult 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 free admission to the museum, three hours of free assisted research, a 10 percent gift shop discount, voting privileges at BCHS meetings, 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 Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Tuesdays from September to March. Admission to Headwaters Science Center is $9 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 offer 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.”

The Sanford Center 1111 Event Center Drive NE Box Office 441-4032 Main phone 441-4000 Bemidji opened its multiuse 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 Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and A Prairie Home Companion. The facility seats 4,600 for hockey, including 25 private suites and 200-plus clubseating options. The Sanford Center can seat up to 6,000 for special events and concerts. It boasts a 10,000-squarefoot 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.

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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 Karen Weller, Airport Manager ����������������������444-2438

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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.

First City Taxi serves the Bemidji area. First City Taxi operates from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week and by appointment. Appointments can be made for any time outside of regular business hours if arranged a day in advance. The company can be reached by calling 444-8294 (TAXI).


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 5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays. Customers may reserve a ride by calling the office at (218) 751-8765 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday 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 offices in Fargo and the surrounding area. This service is coordinated with Beltrami County Social Services and the Veterans Service in Bemidji. For bus service or details, call 751-8765 (Ext 1 then 2) or go to

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Bemidji Chorale Pat Mason 766-1542 The Bemidji Chorale is a community-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 Hoff. Rehearsals are every Monday night, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at BSU, from September to May (once COVID restrictions are lifted). The Chorale performs two Christmas concerts, a Mother’s Day concert and featured performances in other venues.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse 314 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-7270 The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is expected to celebrate its 70th season in 2021. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a non-equity professional summer stock theater. It also produces off-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 office at 751-7270 or check the website.

Headwaters Music & Arts 519 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-5606 Headwaters Music & Arts is a nonprofit community school of the arts. It offers classes and workshops in a wide variety of visual and per-

forming 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.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra 444-7914 The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was established in 1938. 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. The orchestra will present “Red Carpet Romance” concerts on Feb. 13 and 14 at the Bluebelle Event Venue, 4710 Jacks Road NW. For more information, visit the website.

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 offers classes and other partnerships with nonprofits throughout the community.


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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. 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.

First Friday Art Walk and Art in the Park -- the annual summer art fair in downtown Bemidji. Watermark’s galleries are free and open to the public. Recent and current exhibits are available to view online.

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Bemidji Area Community Band The Bemidji Area Community Band is open to anyone high school age or Every May, members of the Bemidji older. The band generally performs at Sculpture Walk Committee install 7 p.m. every other Sunday, beginning sculptures chosen for display and with Father’s Day in June, on the sponsored by local businesses or lawn outside of Bangsberg Fine and private individuals in Bemidji. The pieces are chosen from artists Performing Arts Complex. Rainy representing a wide geographic area day concerts are held in Thompson Recital Hall inside Bangsberg. who agree to allow their sculptures to be on display for a year on the Mask & Rose Women’s Watermark Art Center streets of downtown, along the waterfront and on Paul Bunyan Drive. Theater Collective 505 Bemidji Ave. N. 444-7570 Every year at least one sculpture is Cate Belleveau 760-2211 purchased for permanent display. Boasting four galleries, an Maps showing the locations and education studio and a gift gallery, A non-profit women’s theater names of the sponsors are available Watermark provides space for collective primarily devoted to at the Tourist Information Center. rotating art exhibitions featuring presenting multi-genre works for solo and group shows by regional, and by women playwrights. Works Bemidji Community national and international artists. are thought provoking and may Theater Notably, the Miikanan Gallery contain adult material. They also exhibits a variety of traditional and produce children’s and musical 316 Beltrami Ave. NW contemporary artwork created by Vicki Stenerson, Board President BCT@ theater, and an array of drama Indigenous artists. The BSU Harlow classes including playwriting. | Kleven Gallery exhibits work from Bemidji State’s prominent print and Art galleries BCT is a non-profit organization ceramic collections containing more whose mission is to provide theater Watermark Art Center than 1,400 pieces combined. The education and to give the general 505 Bemidji Ave N. 444-7570 Education Studio is a welcoming public an opportunity to explore Gallery North creative space where artistic ability their interests in acting, directing, 310 4th St. NW 444-9813 is fostered under the guidance of set construction, costume design Northwoods Gallery Frame & Gift artisans and art instructors. Projects and front of house activities such 218 3rd St. NW are designed for students of various as program designs and box office Ramsey Gallery skill levels and ages. The gift management. Productions include BSU Bangsberg Fine Arts Center Lower Level gallery, “SHOP 505,” is filled with a dinner theater, drama, musicals, Talley Gallery variety of fine art and hand-crafted children’s theater and comedy, with BSU Bridgeman Hall 755-3708 items created by regional artists. education in the form of on-line Touché Gallery classes, BCT Jr. children’s theater BSU Hobson Memorial Union 755-3760 The center sponsors the monthly

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A&W 515 Anne St. NW 444-2442

Buffalo Wild Wings 225 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-9464

Countryside Restaurant 702 Highway 2 W 751-8248

Applebee’s 1909 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-2038

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

Culver’s 2200 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 368-3131

Arby’s 2312 Trustar St. NW 755-1111 Bar 209 217 Minnesota Ave. NW 751-2442

Cantabria Coffee 211 2nd St. NW 444-4220

Caribou Coffee Becida Bar & Grill 2219 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 13718 County Rd. 9 Becida 854-7270 761-9342 Bemidji Bowl Cenex C Store 3455 Laurel Drive NW 751-2153 Hwy 2 and Hwy 71 South 751-1830 Bemidji Brewing Cherry Berry 211 America Ave. NW 444-7011 1008 Paul Bunyan Drive NW Bemidji Town & Country Club North Shore Grille 2425 Birchmont Beach Rd NE 751-4535


Chocolates Plus 315 Beltrami Ave. NW 759-1175

Big Apple Bagels 1710 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-7840

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Big River Scoop 219 Bemidji Ave. N 444-3898

Corner Bar 602 2nd St. SE 751-8872

Brigid’s Pub 317 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-0567

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Dairy Queen 700 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE 444-2108 Dave’s Pizza 422 15th St. W 751-3225 Domino’s Pizza 701 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 759-3030 Dunn Brothers Coffee 501 Paul Bunyan Drive 444-5252 Eagles Aerie 351 1270 Neilson Ave. SE 751-9985 Erbert & Gerbert’s 1500 Bemidji Ave. N 444-9700 Fozzie’s Smokin Bar B Q 114 3rd St. NW 444-0069 The Garden Grill & Pub 111 Central Ave. SE 751-9656 Giovanni’s Pizza 102 1st St. NW Union Square 751-0798

Grace Lake Bar & Grill 51039 Wildflower Drive 751-1116

Mi Rancho 677 Anne St. NW 444-8212

Sparkling Waters 824 Paul Bunyan Drive 444-3214

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar 1025 Paul Bunyan Drive S 444-1875

Minnesota Nice Cafe 315 Irvine Ave. NW 444-6656

Hard Times Saloon 119 3rd St. NW 497-0376

New China 412 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-5340

Starbucks 1811 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 553-1273 2100 Paul Bunyan Drive NW (Target) 759-0820

Hardee’s 205 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-8823

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

Harmony Natural Foods Co-op 302 Irvine Ave. NW 751-2009 Jake’s Pizza Turtle River 12486 71 Connection 586-2800 Jimmy John’s 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-0086 Keg ‘n’ Cork 310 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-7600 Keith’s Pizza & Restaurant 110 Paul Bunyan Dr. SE 444-7940 1425 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 444-7941 KFC 1210 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 741-2300

Paul Bunyan Sub Shop 119 2nd St. NW 444-2020 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 1120 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-7850 Pike Hole Bar & Grill 24896 Power Dam Rd. NE 335-0009 Pizza Hut 509 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-1601 Qdoba Mexican Grill 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive S 308-2772 Raphael’s Bakery & Restaurant 319 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-2867 Red Stu Breakfast Bar 217 Minnesota Ave. NW 497-0334

Subway 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 Table for 7 414 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-2586 Taco Bell 515 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-3498 Taco John’s 1285 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-5907 Tara Thai Bemidji 401 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-8222 That Alien Pizza Place 401 Central Ave. SE 751-2718

Lazy Jack’s 6735 Fairgrounds Rd. NW 333-3934

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 1008 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 444-8500

The Tavern on South Shore 929 Lake Shore Drive 444-2310

Little Caesars Pizza 1504 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 751-2885

Rother’s Just Desserts 419 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-3300

Third Street Station 214 3rd St. NW 751-2877

Lucky Dogs 201 Beltrami Ave. NW 444-0288

Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge 7598 Bemidji Rd NE 444-3463

Turtle River Chophouse 468 Bemidji Road NW 586-5827

Lueken’s Deli 1171 Paul Bunyan Drive NW 444-3663 609 Washington Ave. S 444-8419

Ruzy’s Bar & Grill 801 Washington Ave S. 444-5222

Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant 300 Beltrami Ave. NW 751-1100

Schummer’s Backwoods Bar & Grill 48220 Reserve Trail 751-1195

Wasabi of Bemidji 419 Beltrami Ave NW 444-2022

Simonson’s Market Cafe 1820 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW 751-4045

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Co. 523 Minnesota Ave. NW 444-5282

Slim’s Bar & Grill 142 Anne St. NW 444-7546

Wilton Bar 284 Spirit Ave. NW 751-3432

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Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society 444-8672 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.

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Baseball Bemidji Youth League Baseball 444-2952

Basketball Bemidji Bombers President John Huseby 766-1004

Bemidji City Parks - 333-1850 Diamond Point Park On Birchmont Drive Northeast adjacent to Bemidji State University campus Paul Bunyan and Library Park On Bemidji Avenue North at the Lake Bemidji waterfront Cameron Park On Birchmont Drive Northeast along the west shore of Lake Bemidji Bemidji City Park Located just off 23rd Street Northwest near the Bemidji Armory Nymore Park Located between Miles Avenue SE and Grant Avenue SE North Country Park On 30th Street NW near Ridgeway Avenue

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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.

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Campgrounds Lake Bemidji State Park 3401 State Park Road NE 308-2300 Fox Lake Campground 2556 Island View Dr NE 586-2231

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Football Bemidji Youth Football 556-4453

KOA Campground 510 Brightstar Road NW 444-7562

Golf Courses

Royal Oaks RV Park 2874 Fenske Farm Ln SE, 751-8357

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Headwaters Canoe Club Frannie Tjader 444-5477

Curling Bemidji Curling Club 1230 23rd Street NW 751-1123

Castle Highlands Golf Course 13848 Gull Lake Loop Road NE 586-2681

Disc golf Bemidji Disc Golf Course City Park 1224 23rd St. NW 333-1850

Greenwood Golf Course 1361 Swenson Road NE 751-3875

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Bemidji Figure Skating Club Neilson Reise Arena 1115 23rd St. NW

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Lake Bemidji Boat Launches Cameron Park Concrete ramp with docks. West shore, off Birchmont Drive. About 25 parking spaces. Nymore Beach Concrete ramp with docks. South end of lake, off Paul Bunyan Drive South. Northwoods access Concrete ramp with dock. 20 parking spaces. Northwest corner of lake on Bemidji Avenue. Lavinia access Concrete ramp. Northeast side of lake. Three parking spaces with limited turnaround space. Diamond Point Park Operated by city. West side, off Birchmont Drive, adjacent to BSU. Concrete ramp and docks. Limited parking. Public beach. Lake Bemidji State Park 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.

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Shooting Ranges/Clubs Northland Regional Sports Park 8257 Hwy 89 North NRM/Shooting%20Sports%20 Park.html Bemidji Trap and Skeet Club 8257 Hwy 89 North 444-4111 Bemidji Area Shooters Association P.O. Box 1851, Bemidji MN 56619 Bemidji Archery Club Outdoor range: 1571 Quiet Pond Trail NW Indoor range: 7223 Fairgrounds Rd NW President Andy Hall 566-1199

Skateboarding Bemidji City Park Next to the Curling Club off 23rd St. NW

Skating/Hockey Rinks Nymore Park 5th Street and Wilson Ave. SE Bemidji City Park Next to the Curling Club off 23rd St. NW

Skiing Buena Vista Ski Area 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. Cross country skiing 308-7998 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:

North Country Snowmobile Club 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.

Movil Maze 5 miles north of Bemidji off U.S. Highway 71 and County Rd. 305 Hobson Memorial Forest Trailhead on Birchmont Beach Road 6 miles east of Bemidji Avenue Montebello Trailhead at 1115 23rd St NW Fern Lake Trailhead off North Plantagenet Road 4 miles west of U.S. Highway 71


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Entrance on Birchmont Beach Road 2 miles east of Bemidji Avenue

Softball Bemidji Area Softball Association David White 760-6668

Three Island County Park 12 miles north of Bemidji off U.S. Highway 71 and County Road 23 Buena Vista Ski Area 12 miles north on County Road 15

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First City Squares The First City Squares square dancing club holds dances at the United Methodist Church. There are no mandatory dress codes and the dances are alcohol and tobacco free.

Bemidji Total Martial Arts Academy 3481 Laurel Dr NW 308-4036

Swimming BASS Swim Club 333-3100 ext. 313 Bemidji Community Ed Aquatics 333-3284 ext. 35313

Tennis Bemidji Area Tennis Association President Paul Swartwood 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.

State Park Lake Bemidji State Park 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 ($35), additional vehicle permit ($26), special annual permit for people with disabilities ($12), day use sticker ($7) and camping fees ($24 regular season and $18 off-season). A group daily fee for 10 vehicles or more is $5 per vehicle. Must be arranged in advance.

Bemidji Tennis The mission of Bemidji Tennis is to fully support the players, parents, volunteers, and coaches who make the Bemidji Lumberjacks tennis teams successful on and off the court. Bemidji Tennis is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the Lumberjacks and a variety of offseason programs. Bemidji Tennis manages the Summer Youth program, Winter Tennis programs, High School Summer Tennis and Tennis Under the Lights, group and private lessons, match play, the Lumberjack Open tournament, and a variety of other programs and activities. Racquet stringing is also available for any community members.

Woodcarving Bemidji Woodcarvers Club 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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Adult Day Services of Bemidji April Collman, 751-1324

Bi-CAP 751-4631 or (800) 332-7161

Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon 444-2525

Bike Bemidji Muriel Gilman 755-2740

Alzheimer’s Support Group 333-8097

Boy Scouts 800-939-5811

American Indian Resource Center Chrissy Koch, 755-2032

Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji 444-4171

American Legion Auxiliary 444-3821

Community Resource Connections 333-0880

Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center (218) 751-3196

Beltrami County 4-H Council Hannah Sieberg, 444-5722

Disabled American Veterans Dave Sterr, (218) 556-4633

Occupational Development Center 751-6001

Beltrami County American Cancer Society 444-2810

Ducks Unlimited Kyle Thaemlitz - Minnesota State Council Chair, (507) 840-0550

Parkinson’s Support Group JoAnn Tyk, (701) 318-0845

Beltrami County Council on Aging 751-8836

Eagles Aerie #351 751-9985

Beltrami County Historical Society 444-3376

Elks Club BPOE #1052 751-1052

Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club Mike Arnold, 759-9702

Friends of the Library Sharon Geison, 751-8277

Rural Minnesota CEP Billie Jo Greene, (218) 444-0732

Gamblers Anonymous/Gam-Anon 855-222-5542

Sanford Behavioral Health 333-2035

Girl Scouts-Land of Lakes and Pines 726-4710

Sanford Home Care & Hospice 333-5665

Great Northern Iron Horse Railroad Society Andy Mack, 444-2111

Seventh-Day Adventist Clothing Center 751-1985

Beltrami County Master Gardeners 444-7916 Beltrami Wellness Education for Long Life 751-9224 Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Ashley Johnson, (218) 759-2057 Bemidji Area Church Musicians Kenneth Wold, 751-2554 Bemidji Area Community Band Keke Schnackenberg, 556-5407 Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors 751-2852 Bemidji Chorale Pat Mason, 444-7226 Bemidji Community Education 333-3284 Bemidji Community Food Shelf Michael Olson, 444-6580 Bemidji Community Table (Soup Kitchen) 444-7909

Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter 444-1395 Northwoods Caregivers Cindi Lee Jernigan, 333-8264 Northwoods Pregnancy Care Center 444-3035

Paul Bunyan Amateur Radio Club David Sauer, 751-3556

Evergreen Youth and Family Services Planned Parenthood Bemidji Clinic 751-8683 751-8223 Rotary Club (Noon) First City Square Dancers Brian Larson, 556-5699 Kathleen Kess at 444-4594

Great River Rescue Brandon Mustful, 751-7910 Habitat for Humanity Geri Hickerson, 751-4649 Headwaters Music & Arts Tricia Andrews, 444-5606 Headwaters Science Center Lee Furuseth 444-4472 Headwaters Shrine Club Cory Wilson, 760-2188

Sexual Assault Program — Support Within Reach 444-9524 Sons of Norway Bemidji Lodge 500 Richard T. Labraaten 759-0178 Special Olympics 308-6552 Timber Bay Paul Bishop, 336-831-6998

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Lutheran Social Service 751-1305

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1300 Anne St. NW 751-5430 Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is part of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. It employs more than 1,500 staff 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 offers 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; rheumatology; radiology; surgery: general, bariatric and vascular; and urology. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays SANFORD JOE LUEKEN CANCER CENTER 1233 34th St. NW 333-5522 (JLCC) Specialty: Hematology and Oncology The Joe Lueken Cancer Center provides a patient-centered home for healing, compassion and hope. We are the region’s largest medical facility offering comprehensive cancer and blood disorder care all in one location. Patients have access to the most advanced treatments for every stage of cancer. Hours: 7:30 AM–5:00 PM weekdays. EDITH SANFORD BREAST CENTER BEMIDJI 1233 34th St. NW 333-4624 The center provides everything you need for breast care in one convenient location. Specialties: Cancer, Genetics, Palliative Care, Radiology, Women’s Services: 3D Mammography, Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer Screenings, Cancer Survivorship, Genetic Counseling SANFORD BEMIDJI CLINIC AND WALK-IN CLINIC 1611 Anne St. NW 333-4700 Specialties include dermatology, family medi-

cine, 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 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.. 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 Audiology, Behavioral Health, Occupational Medicine, Pain Management 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 Located on the west side of Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, specialties include hyperbaric therapy, podiatry, orthopedics, outpatient rehab, including: cardiac rehab, children’s rehab, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pulmonary rehab; speech and language pathology, sports medicine and wound care. Hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays SANFORD BEMIDJI HOME CARE & HOSPICE 3201 Pine Ridge Avenue NW, Suite A 333-5665 SANFORD BEMIDJI HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER 1300 Anne St. NW 333-2460 Located within the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, this center offers 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 333-4527 Evaluation and treatment of patients with problems related to sleep and wakefulness. PROFILE BY SANFORD 1217 Anne St. NW, Suite 1 209-4600 The Profile system utilizes meal-replacement products, nutritionally complete food and qualified health coaches to ensure a sustainable means to healthy weight loss.

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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 705 Fifth St., NW 333-4735 Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Sanford OccMed offers 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 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH 1705 Anne St. NW 333-2035 SANFORD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HEADWATERS ACT BEMIDJI 116 Third St NW 333-2220 SANFORD BEMIDJI MEDICATION ASSISTED THERAPY CLINIC 1611 Anne St NW 333-2105 WOODSEDGE 1000 Anne St. NW 751-0220 Sanford Health WoodsEdge senior living campus offers services such as WoodsEdge’s senior and long-term care, Trillium memory care, Neilson Place nursing home and WindSong catered living. Primary hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MondayThursday and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays.

North Homes Children and Family Services (218) 751-0282 North Homes Children and Family Services offers a broad spectrum of community-based treatment and care options for children and families to best meet their needs. North Homes offers a service continuum that takes an individualized and holistic approach to treatment. Services range from the least restrictive community-based to secure, correctional programming.

Children’s/Youth Services Youth Crisis Center (218) 751-4332 Youth Services (218) 751-8223 Youth Drop-In Center (218) 751-8223 Evergreen Youth & Family Services is a private, nonprofit youth and family service provider offering 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 Youth 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.

True North Health Care 514 Beltrami Ave. NW #102 (218) 444-7172 Offers a community supported health care model. Integrative 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.

Core Health & Nutrition 1900 Division St. W. Unit 1 218-556-9089 The studio at Core Health is designed to be a comfortable, welcoming space where you can relax and unwind. Offering personalized nutrition, health and wellness coaching, yoga, help with diet, weight loss and eating disorders, diabetes and food allergies.

Veterans Administration Clinic 1217 Anne St. NW 755-6360 The Bemidji VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic offers primary care services for veterans in the Bemidji area. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Bemidji Community Profile Source: U.S. Census Bureau

When does Lake Bemidji freeze over? • The average date is December 10. 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? • 15,434 in 2019, according to factfinder. Updated figures will be available following completion of the 2020 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.

POPULATION SUMMARY 15-MILE RADIUS 30-MILE RADIUS 2000 total population 33,456 55,015 2010 total population 37,737 60,502 2016 total population 39,396 62,885 40,545 64,604 2021 population projection

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POPULATION BY AGE (2016 figures, 15-mile radius) 6.8% 45-54 6.6% 55-64 6.3% 65-74 17.1% 75-84 14.0% 85+ 10.7%

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


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-me-ji-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.


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