Carnivals: Always More Fun With Kids

This looks like happiness to me. I think that face is worth the seven bucks for the kid bungee ride at the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival. That’s my 10-year-old granddaughter, who just missed Monday’s storm when she went home with her mom (my daughter had a windshield wiper ripped off by the wind on the…
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Thoughts From Bemidji’s Harrowing Storm

I took a drive through parts of Bemidji today, because I hadn’t had a chance to see much of the effects of Monday night’s storm, which we at the Pioneer experienced as more of giant sheets of water rushing toward the window we were peering through, rather than trees toppling. That night, we were struggling…
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Encourage, Inspire Yourself

I left the house and wanted to remember some files off my 120 GB hard drive and onto my 1 TB external drive, so I left myself a note in Notepad on my computer screen: TRANSFER SOME FILES TONIGHT!!! Then, for fun, I followed with: YOU ARE SPECIAL, LAURIE SWENSON. And then I kept going,…
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‘The Full Monty’ Closes Paul Bunyan Playhouse Season Tonight

There’s only one night left of delightful romp at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji. Tonight at 8, these guys will dance and drop their drawers for one last time in “The Full Monty,” which will also be the end of the Playhouse season and the final performance for Artistic Director Zach Curtis. This is…
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What? I Have A Blog?

If I had written all the blog posts I meant to over the past year, I would have been a prolific blogger. There would have been posts about wonderful plays, delightful concerts, county fairs and city carnivals, and all sorts of things weird and wonderful. I might have imparted words of wisdom that I’ve since…
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