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Features 12 Beyond the badge


Police Chief Mike Mastin and Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp share about their hobbies and life outside of work.


Culture of curling


Hunting the vampire count


Lacing up learning

Local curlers offer a look at the Curling Club and in editor Jillian Gandsey gives a first-person account of her first time curling. Learn about Dungeons & Dragons players who get together at Accidentally Cool Games every week. A Bemidji educator shares about teaching his fifth-grade class how to create their own snowshoes.

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Homemade snowglobes in Style: Campus chic Avoid holiday weight gain Chattin’ with Toby Palmiscno Fighting the flu Cabin fever tips Larisa Cooks: Wild game Where is it?

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By Jillian Gandsey & Danielle Carty

What you need:

Glitter Jars Trees (whatever you want in your snowglobe) Glycerin Water Hot glue gun Making your own snowglobe is an easy craft that can be personalized and is also child-friendly. You could recycle old jars or purchase new containers to put trinkets inside, which is the beauty of this project. It’s also super easy and only requires about an hour of your time! We purchased plain jars and little snow covered trees to go inside. For the “snow” inside the jars we used silver and gold glitter.

Step 1

Clean out your jar or container and let it dry. Now would also be a good time to make sure the lid seals tightly so it won’t leak when shaken.

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Step 2

Once the jar is completely dry, hot glue the trinkets to the inside. Let it sit for about five minutes and make sure everything is secure.

Step 3

Add however much glitter or snow that you would like on the side. After that add the water and for our small jars, we used about five drops of glycerin.

Step 4

Seal the lid and shake your snowglobe!

Happy Crafting!

If you make your own snowglobes, post pictures to our Facebook page at inMagBemidji/.

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in style

Campus chic!

We hit the Bemidji State University campus to check out the latest street style donned by students. The college was scattered with students wearing stylish leggings, patterned scarves and adorable footwear. We also asked them what they look forward to in winter fashion as the temperatures drop.

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t of on her way ou Kelsey, while was a, rr r sister K ie town with he er ov f tterned scar sporting a pa d re lo r with co a white sweate a s. She also had ot jeans and bo r. he nd purse arou coral-colored

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Grabbing coffe e before class, Mar y wore a ve st with a pair of leggings that ha d a mesh portio n in the back with a sporty pair of Adidas shoes.

For Winter:

Mar y looks forw ard to wearing scar ve s all winter. “Scarves look go od with ever ything,� sh e said.

Allie Herfindahl

Allie was between classes and wore her Minnetonka brand shoes with a jean jacket and patterned long skirt.

For Winter: Going into winter, Allie is excited to bring her boho style into the colder season.

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Meghan Erickson Winter Colors

hts Patterned tig Ankle boots Skinny jeans ves obalt Turquoise C Blanket scarers Plum Bag g y sweat ns Mustard Long cardiga lids Stripe & so necklaces Long simple

While walking around campu s, Meghan spor ted a long sweater with frills on the en d with jeans an d moccasins.

For Winter:

She’s excite d to be comfortable in boots an d bagg y swea tshirts

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Clair Anliker

On her way to class, Clair wore a slouchy green blouse with patterned leggings and short black boots.

For Winter: Clair is excited for more ankle boots.

Caitlyn Otto Caitly n wore a stylish maroon headband while study ing and drinking coffee on campus. She also had flannel with jeans and Converse shoes on.

Aanika Sletta

Aanika donned a colorful outfit with a bright shirt and a bright pink scarf to go along with it. She also wore dark jeans and a tan sweater over the top. 10 | inMagazine

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Beyond the Badge: The area’s two leading law officers talk about life away from the job

Mike Mastin, Bemidji Police Chief

By Grace Pastoor staff writer

fishing from a boat, and it’s just different.” A native of northern Minnesota, Mastin is accustomed to For the past five years, Bemidji’s Chief of Police Mike living close to nature. He grew up in Detroit Lakes and went Mastin has thrown himself into managing a department to Vermillion Community College in Ely, where he majored fighting against a crime rate more suited to a big city. in forestry. The police chief also has a bachelor’s degree The 40-year-old police chief spends his workdays trying from Bemidji State University and a master’s degree in Law to improve his department and engage with the community, Enforcement from Concordia University in St. Paul. often putting in more than 40 hours a week. In spite of his packed schedule and Mastin joined the Bemidji Police Department responsibilities with the police department, as a patrol officer in 2000 and was however, Mastin finds time for a laundry promoted to sergeant, then captain and, list of hobbies and activities that keep in 2011, chief. Mastin said that after him outdoors and active, and help him he got his master’s degree, there was engage with the people he serves at speculation that he would move to a work. bigger department, but that he has no “I think it’s important that the intention of moving. Instead, he wants public realizes law enforcement to continue working as Bemidji’s chief officers are just like them — we’re ATE OF T of police and eventually transition S your neighbors, we have kids that into teaching. Mastin is currently an go to school together, we participate adjunct professor teaching criminal in activities, we go to churches with justice at BSU. you,” Mastin said. “You may not N “I am a pretty young chief, and I know who we are but it’s important NESO guess some people believe that you to know that we’re regular people with just a different kind of job.” need to keep climbing the ladder, but Mastin describes himself as someone I’m happy here,” Mastin said. “I really like who “would rather do things than have Bemidji, I like the community.” M I N N. things,” a characterization backed up by the In addition to fishing and volunteering, large number of organizations he volunteers Mastin keeps bees at his home south of town with. An avid fisherman, Mastin combines his where he lives with his wife and two daughters. enjoyment of the sport with his drive to volunteer by He’s also a runner, and has spent the past 15 years working with the Laporte-area Take a Kid Fishing program. participating in 5Ks and half-marathons. He said he enjoys giving kids a chance to get out on the In the next year, Mastin hopes to run a full marathon, fish water, something he wasn’t able to do as a child. more and take a vacation with his daughters. He had hoped “When I grew up, we didn’t have a boat in our family. The to finish one last year but was unable to due to health only fishing I ever got to do was from the shoreline and it’s issues. Otherwise, he describes himself as content. different being in a boat,” Mastin said. “I really like taking “Every day is a gift,” Mastin said. “Don’t take it for part in Take a Kid Fishing because a lot of those kids have never experienced fishing, and especially never experienced granted. You never know what’s going to happen.”







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Mike Mastin

Phil Hodapp

Phil Hodapp Beltrami County Sheriff

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of a vacation he and his family had taken to Nevis, a few years before the move. Though Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp cut his teeth At the time of his move back to Minnesota, Hodapp had in a large Texas city, he hasn’t looked back since his move to two young children, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old. He Bemidji more than 30 years ago. and his wife, Marilyn, had two more children and the Hodapp began his law enforcement career in Amarillo, family “put down roots” in a community Hodapp feels Texas — a city with a population more than 13 times is friendlier and safer than his previous homes in San that of Bemidji — in 1976 and worked in the Amarillo Antonio and Houston. Police Department for two years, then worked with “Bemidji is a town that is small enough to be Texas’ state police until 1985. When he was given a comfortable but large enough to be convenient,” chance to move back to Minnesota, Hodapp, who he said. was tired of Texas’ big cities, Hodapp is most grateful ERIFF grasped it. H for the friendships he’s S Hodapp landed a job with formed during his time in the Minnesota Bureau of Bemidji. He and his wife settled Criminal Apprehension, chose to in immediately, he said, and the work in Bemidji rather than the community was welcoming. Twin Cities, and has since made the “When you live in a big city you may R area his home. have lots of acquaintances,” he said. “But AMI CO “It has been a wonderful place to raise in a small town you’re more likely to get our family and to watch our grandchildren true friends.” grow up,” Hodapp said. “It just happens Hodapp eventually chose to leave the that my wife and I decided to live in the BCA and was elected Sheriff in 2006 bedroom community of Turtle River, and has since been re-elected twice. so we really had all the comforts of a Just as he doesn’t regret leaving smaller community there.” Texas, Hodapp feels he made the right Hodapp was not new to Minnesota. He grew up in decision when he chose to run for Sheriff. “I left that job, which I loved, to take the toughest job I’ve Mankato and graduated from then Mankato State College. ever loved,” Hodapp said. He chose to live up north rather than in the metro because

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to Avoid

When merrymaking is at its highest, so sometimes is our weight. To help curb those pesky holiday pounds, here is a list of the top 10 things you can do to keep yourself healthy this holiday season.

Holiday Weight Gain

Jessica Carter is a registered and licensed dietitian and the founder and president of Core Health & Nutrition, LLC. Jessica earned a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Eastern Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bemidji State University. 14 | inMagazine

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Eat before you go…

Most holiday events involve food. If you have a healthy snack at home prior to the event you will be less tempted to overindulge.




There is no better way to guarantee that a healthy side dish or beverage option is present than if you bring your own.

Be conscious of serving “ware”...

Choose an appetizer size plate for serving your meal or when sampling food at a party. In addition, choose tall, skinny stemware for all drinks, not just the champagne.


Get moving with family & friends...

Plan active events for your holiday get togethers. Go sledding or skating if weather permits. Stuck inside? Then play a game of twister or charades. Avoid only sitting around eating and drinking, try to balance any sedentary time with movement.



Having protein with your meals and snacks helps to curb your appetite and keep your blood sugar steady. This is key to not overeating.

Avoid the fancy named cocktails, they usually contain sugary juices and syrups, and have a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you enjoy.

Be the last in line...

Let everyone else go first for the buffet. This way you won’t necessarily have time for seconds, plus you will be less likely to take large portions of the different dishes when there is less in the bowl or on the platter.



Be wary of booze...

Make time to unwind...

The holidays are an exceptionally stressful time of year and that stress can lead to excess drinking and eating. Rather than reaching for those few remaining cookies or pouring an extra glass of wine, maybe take a bath or read a book to clear your mind.

Choose protein...


Freeze it, freeze it, freeze it...

Whether it be extra cookies you made or leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner. Don’t let those highsugar, high-fat foods stay sitting on your counter or in your fridge where you will be tempted to pick at them each day. If it can’t be frozen send it with your guests. On the same side avoid taking home leftovers.


Step out of your comfort zone...

Are all your holiday traditions food based? This is the year to change them! You don’t have to make 15 kinds of cookies to give away, maybe this year roast some nuts or try your hand at some homemade granola. Instead of a dinner table full of carbs and candied foods, perhaps find a few vegetable recipes to try. Rather than a cookie exchange with friends, maybe do a white elephant gift party.

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Chattin’ With...

Toby Palmiscno Equipment Manager, Beaver Hockey

By Jack Hittinger staff writer Photography by Jillian Gandsey

in: Obviously there’s much more to being an “equipment manager” than just washing the jerseys every night. What else goes into your job that people may not know about? TP: Equipment managing varies from team-to-team, school-to-school, all the miscellaneous hats that you wear with it. Whether it’s scheduling ice times, travel plans, meal plans, ticket lists, coordinating stuff with the visiting teams and the zamboni drivers. So again, it depends on where you’re at. But all of those things I listed, I do here. in: So whatever needs to get done? TP: Exactly. There’s a lot of little random things. Like, in the offseason, I do a lot of working with (BSU head coach Tom Serratore) to figure out if we need to do major renovations or small things that we need to do to our wing (at the Sanford Center), to our locker room. We do have a lot of flexibility to do whatever we want away from the Sanford Center, so I’m involved on all of that. in: How did you come to BSU? And how did you get into the job? TP: I was coming to school here to play golf, and then they only had two goalies and back then the scholarship limit was lower, so they were only going to have a walk-on, third-string goaltender, and that was me. 16 | inMagazine

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I started as the women’s equipment manager, and that would have been 2009-10. (Women’s assistant coach Shane Veenker) just approached me about it, I had known him from hockey, I officiated a lot but never really thought that equipment managing would be a thing that I would do. But I did it that year, and then the next year I became the men’s equipment manager… that was the year we opened the Sanford Center. Then, three years ago their equipment manager left, so now I oversee both programs. in: How much more responsibility is that, managing two programs? TP: It’s not a whole lot. I do a lot of the offseason work (for both the men and the women) in the summer, but then once the season starts I have a student that does a lot of the day-to-day stuff for the women. in: In general, I’m sure you have different things to do on a week you’re at home as opposed to a week you’re not, but do you have a “typical week”? TP: We do have a lot of routines here, but they vary from day-to-day. So there’s weekend routines at home, there’s weekend routines when you’re on the road. There’s Monday routine, Tuesday routine, and it varies when you travel a lot. It’s nice to have routines but it’s also nice that they

change every single week depending on what’s happening. I would say that I have five “typical days” depending on what day it is, it’s one of those five days. For example, different types of travel are different. Traveling on a bus as an equipment manager is the best thing you can do. Flying is a lot more work, a lot more preparation just making sure everything is just right. in: Since there’s no “typical day” for you, what’s it like being behind the bench during games? How much variation is there and work for you to do? TP: The thing that I love about gameday is that, when the game is going on, that’s usually the time I’m doing the least amount of work. It’s all before the game and after the game when I have work to do, but the actual game itself is just watching hockey for a lot of it. Awareness is important for equipment managers, just being aware of what’s going on and if you need to do something or help somebody. You do a little bit during the game but if you’re organized you have all of that stuff ready beforehand. On a typical gameday I’m here for morning skate at 9 a.m., I do all my work from morning skate up until 2-3 p.m., then it’s just kind of hang out and wait for the guys to show back up. Once they come back for the game, it’s a lot of hanging out. Then after the game on a Friday I’m here until 2 a.m. I have probably about 10 loads of laundry to do, from our laundry to the visiting team’s laundry, jerseys, officials’ laundry. It adds up on a Friday night.

eat at the same places everywhere we go. You build these little routines into it. in: It’s probably a lot of hours away from your bed. TP: It is, especially with our travel schedule the way it is. And now that I have kids, that’s definitely going to play a factor into trying to get out of here at a more reasonable time. But I’m lucky enough that I get along very well with the staff. And (athletic trainer Bill Crews) and I are together every single time we’re on the road, and he’s one of my best friends. So if you get along well with your coworkers it makes life so much easier and we have that here. And being around student-athletes is the best part of college hockey. in: How much time do you spend sharpening skates? TP: The biggest thing is, on a daily basis, on a normal, traditional day here, I budget myself for four hours in my skate room. Weather that’s sharpening skates, riveting skates, sewing, repairing. You budget that much time. Because you don’t know. Maybe you’ll have four projects. Maybe you’ll have zero projects. You just don’t know. And that’s one of the cool things about it. Every time you fix something, it might be something you’ve done and it might be something completely new, but we do have a tight community of equipment managers in college hockey and even at the pro hockey level so if I don’t know what I’m doing I’ll call somebody. It’s a constant, “How are we going to fix it?” Well, you start with glue, tape and a scissors and you work your way up from there.

“How are we going to fix it?” Well, you start with glue, tape and a scissors and you work your way up from there.

in: How much different kinds of laundry is there for you to do? TP: You’ve got your loops, you’ve got your towels, you’ve got your jerseys, you’ve got your socks. You’ve got all the visiting team’s towels and jerseys. That’s the thing you have to do, and my students that work with me know, you have to develop a system. You have to make sure everyone understands the system and that there’s a flow to the system. Even when I pack for a road trip and when I explain to the players what I expect from them on a road trip, once you get into a system it’s smooth. I’m always trying to think 48 hours ahead. I’m planning what I’m doing tomorrow. in: What’s the difference in the routine between being at home versus being on the road? TP: When you’re at home you also have to deal with the Sanford Center people and scheduling the ice, you have to take care of the visiting team, you have to take care of the officials. We work with the gameday event staff with whatever they need help with. When you’re on the road you are the visitors so it’s a little easier. It’s nice to be on the road for that aspect but of course it’s nice being home. Once you do something once or twice, it becomes a routine. We stay at the same places everywhere we go, we

in: Do you have any favorite places you like to go on the road? TP: It’s funny because when I think about where I’m going, I first look at it from an equipment manager perspective. And as an equipment manager I want a good-sized locker room. I want it to be close to the hotel so I can walk, because we need to get a ride before the players and after the players. So I look at those things too. Omaha had one of the best setups for us and we were always very successful there. We just came back from Marquette, Mich. (home of Northern Michigan), and they have the best visiting setup in our league. We’re tied with them at the Sanford Center, but they kind of have a small advantage, which is hard for us to say. But their visiting locker room is very nice, and they have space for trainers, they have space for coaches, they have space for managers in three separate spaces which is really nice. The players have two locker rooms, which is also very nice. I always tell my students on day one: We want our visitors to leave and want them to think that the best treatment they ever got was from us. I want us to be the most professional, best staff in college hockey. Winter 2017


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the Flu Prevention

It’s the best way to avoid influenza outbreaks during these winter months. If you haven’t yet had a flu vaccination, get it now. Flu season in the United States can last well into May, and it takes about two weeks for the antibodies to develop in your body following vaccination. The vaccine is recommended annually for everyone six months and older, and is particularly important for people at higher risk of serious complications from the flu. Only shots are being provided this year; the CDC is recommending no nasal sprays. Annual vaccines are recommended because your immune response from vaccination declines with time.

Also, flu viruses constantly change so formulations for the vaccine are reviewed every year and updated to include viruses most likely this season. Misinformation you may have heard is that the vaccine can give you the flu. Not true. Vaccine viruses have been inactivated and therefore are not infectious. A very small number of people experience soreness or swelling at the site of the shot, low grade fever or temporary aching. Sanford Bemidji offers several options to make it as easy as possible to get your vaccination. (Appointments are not required for the second and third options.) Bring your insurance card with you. Ask for the flu

shot in your doctor’s office if you already have a scheduled appointment. Take your entire family to any local Sanford clinic for a one-stop vaccination for all. If you are 19 and over, you can also get your vaccination at 1611 Anne St. Pharmacy in Bemidji. If you do get the flu, rest and drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Water, noncaffeinated drinks and broth soups are good choices. Throat lozenges can ease coughs and nasal irritation. Use a humidifier at home and inhale steam; for instance, breathe in moist air in the shower or use a warm cloth over your nose and mouth. Flu generally goes away in 5 to 7 days.

See your doctor or go to the walk-in clinic if you experience these symptoms: • Nasal drainage that gets thicker and colored, symptoms that continue to get more severe even with home care • Wheezing, trouble breathing or shortness of breath • Severe headache or stiff neck • Localized pain in an ear, the throat, chest or sinuses • A high fever or fever that lasts longer than 3 days (For babies 3 months and under, a fever of 100.4°F or higher warrants medical care.) 18 | inMagazine

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Now open seven days a week and weeknights, Sanford Bemidji Walk-in Clinic is located within the 1611 Anne St. Clinic. Hours are Monday Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

When should you wash your hands? Some of the key times to wash include: before eating • Before, during, and after preparing food and sick is who • Before and after caring for someone assisting a child who has • After using the toilet, changing diapers or used the toilet animal waste • After touching an animal, animal feed, or • After touching any type of garbage

How should you wash your hands? running water. Turn off the • Wet your hands with warm or cold clean, water and apply soap. and over the backs of your hands, • Lather the soap, rubbing hands together, . between the fingers and even under your nails humming the “Happy Birthday” ests sugg • Do this for at least 20 seconds. (CDC e spent sufficient time song from beginning to end twice to know you’v soaping up. ughly under the running water. • Turn water back on and rinse hands thoro to air dry. (If you’re in a public • Dry hands with a clean towel or allow them do not touch any surfaces.) facility, you can also use the blow dryers but

For additional information on flu vaccinations and the importance of handwashing, visit the Centers for Disease Control website

Mateen Rahman, MD, joined Sanford Bemidji in 2012 as an infectious disease physician. Dr. Rahman received his Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Karachi University, Dow Medical College (Karachi, Pakistan). He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Catholic Health Systems, University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY) and a 2-year Infectious Disease Clinical Fellowship at the University of Buffalo prior to moving to Bemidji. Dr. Rahman is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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CURLING Story & Photography by


Jillian Gandsey

he sport of curling has had a home in Bemidji since 1935, yet some of the curling club’s most active members consider it to be our town’s hidden treasure. The club has evolved over the decades and so has the sport, but many of the Bemidji Curling Club’s loyal members stay the same. Eric Fenson grew up in the curling club, watching his parents curl while doing homework or selling candy at what was once a concession stand on the first level. “This is like home away from home,” he said. Something else that has remained, in general, is the behavior of those who play the game. “Rules have changed over the years, but the etiquette has always remained the same,” said longtime Bemidji curler Ruth Howe, who began curling in 1957, which is around the time when the ice went from natural to refrigerated and when the Bemidji Curling Club was still located downtown. The current club was built in 1967, Eric is now the general manager of the club and spends pretty much every day working on the ice or taking care of the club’s logistics. During the time of year there’s ice in the curling club, he’ll come in after the high school curling class and prepare the ice for the rest of the day. His duties also include paying the bills and organizing leagues and bonspiels. It’s Eric’s third year as general manager, but his 36th year of curling, which shouldn’t be surprising as the Fenson name is a big one in Bemidji curling. His father, Bob Fenson, was the general manager of the club for 10 years and won a National Title in 1979 and four Men’s State Titles in the ’80s. His brother Pete has his own slew of National Titles and won a bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Bob went on to coach after winning his titles, and continued to be very active in the curling community. “And he served on every local and state club board, the (United State Curling Association) board and the (World Curling Federation) boards,” Eric said. Bob coached many teams to the World Curling Championships, including Eric, who has won seven State Winter 2017

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Titles and Three National Titles. Eric isn’t curling competitively anymore, but he is coaching his son Riley Fenson, age 17. He has a daughter, Kylen, who also curls on Monday nights. “It’s really fun,” he said. “You either hate it or you love it. It seems like there’s no middle ground.”

My first time

by in editor Jillian Gandsey As an Iron Range native who has been living in Bemidji for the past seven years, you would think my familiarity with curling would be stronger. I grew up hearing of the “Last Chance Bonspiel” hosted every year at the Hibbing Curling Club and when I came to Bemidji for college, they offered classes. I’ve been inside the curling clubs in Hibbing and Bemidji, but still hadn’t given it a try. But that changed when I wanted to do this story for inMagazine. My first fear was walking on the ice. The last time I skated I was in the seventh grade and it ended with me having a concussion. And the last time I was on ice with shoes on, I was holding the chords for a camera guy at a BSU men’s hockey game and that also resulted in me falling over. But this ice is different. It’s not as slippery because of the pebbled texture, which is to reduce the friction between the rock and the ice. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s also to keep me upright. After watching others who were taking a curling class through community education and with some direction from Danielle Carty (inMagazine’s creative director, who curls for hobby), I made sure there weren’t too many people noticing me and gave it a whirl. I slid over and put my feet in the hack (and yes, I did look up curling terms before writing this) and crouched there in a position to push off for a while. I practiced the lunging movement with a broom under my arm to keep me steady and Danielle critiquing my form. And I did it. I sent the rock down the ice and it went, to my surprise, pretty well. It didn’t make it quite as far down the ice as I would have hoped, but overall it was a decent shot for my very first try of curling. My second try was a little better and it gradually became a little easier. I know there’s a ton more to curling than just that, but it was a satisfying first go at a sport that I just might have to try again. As Eric Fenson, the general manager of the Bemidji Curling Club, who also grew up coming to the curling club said to me: “If you’re somewhat athletic, it seems like people adapt really fast.” The keyword there for me would be “somewhat.”


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“If you’re somewhat athletic, it seems like people adapt really fast.” -Eric Fenson

ALL ABOUT CURLING Curling is a sport where players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area. Two teams with four players each, take turns sliding rocks towards the target. Each team has eight stones. The point of the game is to get the most points by getting the most rocks “in the house” or “on the “button.”


Curling was originally played in Scotland and is one of the world’s oldest team sports. It originated in the 16th century and was played in the winter when the ponds and lochs were frozen over. Curling was introduced into the Olympics in 1924, in France. Today there are around 1.5 million registered players around the world.


Curling has a long tradition of being played with sportsmanship, courtesy, respect and honor. There are a few things to keep in mind when curling. Respect the ice, make sure you have clean curling shoes on and make sure to wipe off the rock before throwing. If there are any rocks or debris on your shoes or rock it can scratch the ice. Wait for the score, at the end of the game make sure all the rocks are accounted for and the score is tallied before the rocks are removed from the house. Applaude good shots, be quick to complement a good shot by either side. Place the opponents rock in front of the hack after your turn to help keep the game going and to be courteous. Start and end a game with a handshake and the phrase “good curling” to show respect.


The curler starts in the hack. With their feet a few inches apart the slider foot should be slightly forward with the weight on the hack foot. Then the curler pulls the rock straight back to the toe of the hack foot. After that then the slider foot moves straight back and then straight forward and the weight transfers back to the hack foot and they slide the slider foot forward on the aiming line with their arms extended, rock in hand, and the hack foot trailing behind. Lastly, the rock is released without pushing it.


The Skip’s role is to be the leader of the game and make sure the team members know where they should throw, what moves should be played and if the rock needs assistance from the sweepers. The Skip is the 4th person on the team and appoints a person to stand in for them at their turn to throw.


In curling sweeping works by warming up the ice and reducing friction. The “sweepers” rotate throughout the game and follow the rock down the ice applying pressure on the broom and moving the brush back and forth. It can make a rock move further and straighter. If the rock is thrown hard enough sweeping is not neccessary.

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Hunting The Vampire Count Accidentally Cool Games hosts a weekly Story by Joe Bowen Staff Writer As wind and rain swirl around him atop a high cliff, the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich examines the town below — and the party of rugged adventurers who have come there to destroy him. Strahd and the adventurers’ fates will be determined over a period of weeks at Accidentally Cool Games, where a handful of people can be found on Wednesday nights playing Dungeons & Dragons, a decadesold roleplaying game that uses dice instead of a controller, sheets of paper instead of a deck of cards, and takes place almost exclusively inside its players’ imaginations. “(The game) gives me a break from my work and chores and everyday life. It gives me one night a week when I can basically sit and have fun,” said Aaron Porter, who roleplays as Arilius Kurzita, a level five tiefling warlock. Players concoct a character beforehand and embark on epic adventures while a referee-slash-storyteller called a “dungeon master” describes the characters’ universe and it’s inhabitants and uses dice rolls to determine the success of certain actions: picking a lock, 24 | inMagazine

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casting a spell, swinging a sword, charming a barkeep and so on. The “Curse of Strahd” campaign is one of several prefab adventures that players can undertake, but a skilled dungeon master can create an entire universe of their own for their players to explore, making sometimesagonizing choices that can have far-reaching consequences for the party. “It’s like a good book,” said Muryia Van Wert, whose character is a gnome druid named Flori who can heal the other adventurers’ wounds. “You get into the storyline and it takes you someplace else.” 12-year old Gage Van Wert — Muryia’s son — roleplays as Rogar, a dragonborn sorcerer. Gage said he liked creating characters for the game. Rogar, his character, can shoot firebolts and the occasional fireball, which is more destructive. Muriya said she had watched some “D&D” games in high school, but had never played the game until a family friend recently piqued her son’s interest in it. More than one player said they’ve played other fantasy-based games like Magic: The Gathering or Vampire: The Masquerade. Roleplaying in a separate group is not uncommon, either. “The big gateway drug for everybody is “Lord 26 | inMagazine

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of the Rings,”” said Anthony Lafontain, a longtime fantasy novel fan who roleplays as a dragonborn fighter named Noxeries Balshar. Lafontain’s character is skilled at hand-to-hand combat and acts as a “meat shield” for the other characters, absorbing attacks and damage from enemies who might otherwise harm the more fragile spellcasters. The adventurers at Accidentally Cool Games were battling a group of scarecrows and a hag in their quest to find a “sword of sunlight,” which is a magical artifact that could help them defeat Strahd. Their hunt for the vampire count could take weeks or even months in the real world. All of the players’ characters were level five when they were interviewed for this article in mid-October, and conventional wisdom about the campaign suggests that they should be at least a few levels higher before they attempt a showdown with Strahd in his castle. The freeform nature of the game means the players could complete the campaign in any number of ways, traversing ancient battlefields, magical temples, and aging, medieval-style villages as they unlock secrets about the vampire and his realm. Every night, a horde of bats sweeps across

the landscape, and Strahd has a network of human and inhuman spies who can harass the adventurers. The vampire himself could also appear at any moment to thwart their plans before vanishing into the dark. The adventurers could even fail outright in their quest to destroy Strahd — who waits, with immortal patience, to add them to his list of victims.


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Cabin Fever WAYS TO CURB

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ong winter days can quickly bring on feelings of cabin fever. Although cabin fever is not a recognized medical condition, it can compromise well-being. Cabin fever can strike even the most optimistic people. Cabin fever normally affects people during the winter months, when shortened days, longer periods of darkness and cold temperatures often force people to remain inside. These factors can lead to depression, boredom, anxiety, and an inability to concentrate. Alleviating symptoms of cabin fever requires making a few changes, including getting outdoors whenever possible.

out stale, stagnant air in the house and add moisture to the environment. Breathing fresh oxygen from these plants can provide you with energy and help you to feel revitalized.

Increase your exercise routine. Now could be the time to join the gym or become part of a walking group. According to The Mayo Clinic, exercise can boost mood, reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen symptoms of depression. In addition, exercise increases body temperature, which may have calming effects, and releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression.

Head outside. It may be cold and dreary, but

Throw a party. The old saying is "misery loves company," so why not invite friends over and banish cabin fever together? Winter tends to be alienating, as people are more inclined to bundle up and stay indoors. Forcing socialization can brighten not only your own mood but that of others as well.

Brighten up the indoors. Choose energizing

Get out of town. Cabin fever can be temporarily abated by a mini vacation. Head somewhere that is warm and sunny. If you cannot afford a trip to the tropics, a brief jaunt to a spa or relative's house may banish boredom and get you out of the house.

getting outside can be healthy. Take advantage of daylight hours whenever possible. Plan a walk around the neighborhood before you go to work. Otherwise, spend your lunch hour outdoors soaking up the sun's rays. The sun is an instant mood-booster. colors like yellow, orange and red to decorate the interior of your home. Invest in lights that offer a greater amount of wattage and brightness. Lighttherapy lamps produce bright light that simulates the sun and provides broad-spectrum rays. Sitting in front of one of these lights can alleviate feelings of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

Grow more indoor plants. Plants can help filter

Try a new hobby. Attempt an activity that marries winter with getting active. Ideal activities include cross-country skiing, ice hockey, skating, or snowshoeing.

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Lacing Up Learning Story & Photography By Jillian Gandsey

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Bemidji teacher brings students, families together while weaving traditional Ojibwe-style snowshoes


eaving together a pair of traditional snowshoes is an art form not many have mastered. Yet, every winter a fifth-grade class from Northern Elementary School will dedicate a portion of their afternoons to creating a pair. They might not be perfect. There might be a blemish in the pattern every so often, but the unfamiliar eye won’t take notice and the snowshoes will trek through the snow all the same. Jeff Wade is the brave teacher who has been working with his classes for about 15 years on the arduous project. He started the project after a fellow teacher did the same with sixth-graders. “He thought that I was a little nuts for trying it with fifth graders,” Wade laughed. He’ll ask that each child has a parent come in to help and if they can’t make it, maybe someone else, a grandparent or family friend, can. “I think more than anything it really spawns some together time,” he added. Wade will have parents order the snowshoe kits before the holidays so they can be given as a gift, if parents choose. They’ll get to work right when they return from the break. The students will work on one snowshoe with the class and then go home and do the same on the other. “So then it’s kind of fresh in your mind,” Wade said. The snowshoe kits come from 7-Js, a small business located near Crookston, Minn. The kits include the frames, lacing and an instruction pamphlet. You’ll get a toe section of Winter 2017

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“I think more than anything it really spawns some together time.” -Jeff Wade lacing and a tail section, but the weaving pattern is the same from the toe end to the tail. Other than keeping fifth-graders on task, parents are also needed for a strong hand to make a sturdy snowshoe. “The most difficult part is trying to get the knots tight,” Wade said of the process. “That’s where the parents are helping is tightening them up once we get them laced.” Once the snowshoes are weaved, they’re covered with a varnish. Wade has his kids use 50 percent mineral spirits and 50 percent Marine Spar Varnish. “Because you can see when you’re walking in the woods, there’s always going to be the flex and the twist to them and with the spar varnish, it’s got a latex in it, so it’s flexible,” he said. The snowshoes are made in the traditional Ojibwe style, which also offers a lesson for Wade to teach.

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“We talk about that because it’s traditional to this area and we talk about the different styles of snowshoes,” he said. Wade has hundreds of pictures of students working on the snowshoes over the years and also using them once they’re finished. He can point out students who are now seniors in high school and beyond. If you’re looking for a good spot to snowshoe, he suggest the state parks. Both Lake Bemidji State Park and Itasca State Park have rentals available for $6 per day. They might not be a traditionally crafted pair, but they’ll get you on the snow. But when snowshoeing with a handcrafted pair, Wade said that a trail isn’t always necessary and that bushwhacking could be the way to go. “You can just take off and go,” he said. “With the kids we talk about how much fun it is to go out on the full moon and listen to owls or nocturnal animals.”


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bbq Bacon Wrapped Duck with cranberry coleslaw Directions:

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Duck Wrap each duck breast with one piece of bacon. Set grill to medium-high heat, place bacon wrapped duck breast on the grill on the direct side for 15 minutes, flip the duck breast over and grill for an additional 15 minutes. Remove and brush with your favorite bbq sauce then serve.

Cranberry Coleslaw Whisk 1/2 cup of mayo, 2 tbs. of sugar, 1 1/2 tbs. lemon juice, 1 tbs. vinegar, 1/2 tsp. pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt together in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Add dressing into coleslaw and sprinkle in about 1/2 - 1 cup of craisins. Refrigerate for one hour, then serve.

Venison steaks with fried potatoes Directions:

Venison Steaks Trim away all visible fat and put steaks into a brine overnight. Set the steak out until it is room temperature then brush with olive oil or melted butter until coated. Set grill to medium-high heat, add salt and pepper or other preffered seasonings to steak, then add to the grill. Sear both sides, cook 4 minutes on each side then move to a cooler part of the grill. The steak will be done when it is 130 F. Let steak rest on a plate or cutting

board for 5-7 minutes, then serve. Fried Potatoes Prepare double layer foil packet. Place 1-1/2 pound of sliced potatoes, 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 onion, 1/2 red, orange and yellow peppers, and 2tbs of butter into foil packet and season with garlic salt. Heat grill to medium heat and crimp the foil packet shut and place on the grill for 20-25 minutes, rotating the packet often, until potatoes are tender. Remove from packet and serve.

Grouse with cranberry sauce and cranberry wild rice Directions:

Grouse Filet grouse breast off the bone. Melt 2 tbs. of butter in 1 tbs. of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add grouse to the skillet and add salt and pepper to taste. Fry the breasts, turning often, until both sides are brown and the center of the breasts register at least 165 F.

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Wild Rice Use preffered wild rice and recipe and simply sprinkle in craisins to your liking. Cranberry Sauce Add one can of whole cranberry sauce (not jellied) to a pot on lowmedium heat, add a quarter cup of orange juice. Heat until a low simmer. Spoon sauce over grouse.

by Larisa Severson Photos by Jillian Gandsey There’s something special about harvesting your own wild game and feeding your family with it. It’s a staple in our home and especially around hunting season and the winter months, as we assume it is in many

homes around the Bemidji area. We cook our venison, duck and grouse in many different ways and today we’re sharing some of our simple recipes for preparation and cooking. For the duck, we’ve wrapped it in bacon and added our favorite BBQ sauce; the venison steaks

are grilled and seasoned; and the grouse is panfried and topped off with a delicious cranberry sauce. Each of the recipes could be personalized for you with different seasonings or sauces. We keep it simple and let the wild game flavor speak for itself.

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1. Eagle located on the inclusion playground next to paul and babe. 2. Heart Sculpture located next to the Beltrami County Clerk Court 3. Ace on the lake towers located off of Paul Bunyan Drive. 4. Statue Lady Justice located on the top of the Beltrami County Jail Building. 5. Carving located on the top of the Carnegie public library.

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