Bemidji (/bəˈmɪdʒiː/ bə-MIJ-ee) is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. According to the 2012–2016 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, the United States Census Bureau estimates the total population of Bemidji as of 2016 to be 14,664, making it the largest commercial center between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota. Bemidji houses many Native American services, including the Indian Health Service. The city is the central hub of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Reservation and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Bemidji lies on the south west shore of Lake Bemidji, the northernmost lake feeding the Mississippi River and as such is deemed "The First City On The Mississippi." Bemidji is also the self-proclaimed "curling capital" of the U.S. and alleged birthplace of Paul Bunyan.
Statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
"The First City On The Mississippi"
Location in the United States
|• Mayor||Rita Albrecht|
|• City||19.22 sq mi (49.77 km2)|
|• Land||14.34 sq mi (37.13 km2)|
|• Water||4.88 sq mi (12.64 km2) 8.63%|
|Elevation||1,365 ft (416 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,071.92/sq mi (413.87/km2)|
|• Urban||14,500 (roughly)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (Central)|
|GNIS feature ID||0655325|
Its name derives from the Ojibwe Buh-mid-ji-ga-maug (Double-Vowel orthography: bemijigamaag), meaning "a lake with crossing waters". On occasion, in Ojibwe, the city of Bemidji is called Wabigamaang ("at the lake channel/narrows"), because part of the city is situated on the Lakes Bemidji/Irving narrows, located on the south end of Lake Bemidji, and extends to the eastern shore of Lake Irving. Some sources also credit the name to Chief Bemidji, an Ojibwe chief.
Bemidji Township was surveyed in 1874 and organized in 1896 twenty-four days after the village of Bemidji was chartered and is the oldest township in the county. In 1897, the county attorney declared the original Bemidji township organization illegal (no reason given) and the township reorganized June 26, 1897.
Beltrami was created on February 28, 1866, by an act of legislation.
About 50 Leech Lake Indians lived along the south shore of the lake prior to the 1880s. They called the lake Bemidjigumaug, meaning “river or route flowing crosswise”. Freeman and Besty Doud claimed 160 acres west of and including, what is present Diamond Point, and were Bemidji's first homesteaders. The Porter Nye family soon followed them.
Art Lee created the story that the folkloric figure Paul Bunyan came from the Northwoods which then led to the creation of the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Per Discover America, the Paul and Babe statues are "the second most photographed statues in America" surpassed only by Mount Rushmore. The Statue of Paul Bunyan was commissioned by the Bemidji's Rotarians as another tourist attraction. It was unveiled January 15, 1937, to kick off a Winter Carnival that drew over ten thousand visitors.
John Steidl's sawmill was located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, close to Carson's Trading Post. Remore Hotel and Carl Carlson's blacksmith shop were on the west side of the river. Bemidji was incorporated on May 20, 1896, and by that time there were three publishing companies, Alber Kaiser, The Bemidji Pioneer, and the Beltrami County News. William Bartleson's Stage and Express Service was created to carry mail between Bemidji and Park Rapids. He was advertised by Speelman's Eagle, owned by Clarence Speelman, along with other stores. By 1898, railroads came to Bemidji and brought even more business. By 1900 the Village of Bemidji's population had grown to 2,000.
Thomas Barlow Walker, John S. and Charles Pillsbury invested millions into timber in 1874, since beaver pelts were nearing depletion by the mid-1890s. Walker owned Red River Lumber Company of Crookston that claimed almost half of Beltrami County's timber. He soon sold his sawmill and timber claim to Thomas Shevlin and Frank Hixon. Logging was done in the winter while sawmilling was done in the summer. Crookston opened 13 logging camps, which provided jobs and homes for lumberjacks. Between 1907 and 1910 were years that brought drought and local forest fires to northern Minnesota. Lumber production was Bemidji's major industry, but because of a fire that occurred on July 19, 1914, a sawmill burned down causing disaster for business. It was later rebuilt. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Bemidji's business profited, providing food, materials, and services for the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps programs. However, during the war years lumber business stopped, but when men came back from war lumber business was booming, since many people needed homes.
By the 1870s, timber cruisers were already making forays into the great pine forests that surrounded Bemidji. They were seeking new timberlands for T.B. Walker, the Pillsburys, Henry Akeley, Charles Ruggles and Frederick Weyerhaeuser, the barons of the wood industry. Today Bemidji stands as an important educational, governmental, trade and medical center for north central Minnesota. The wood industry is still a significant part of the local economy with Georgia-Pacific, Potlatch and Northwood Panelboard all having waferboard plants in the local area, utilizing wood species that were once thought to be waste trees.
Bemidji is near Chippewa National Forest, Itasca State Park, Lake Bemidji State Park, Big Bog State Recreation Area, and state forest areas. Bemidji has 400 lakes within 25 miles (40 km), 500 mi (800 km) of snowmobile trails and 99 mi (160 km) of cross country ski trails.
There is a Paul Bunyan State Trail that runs from Brainerd, MN, and Lake Bemidji State Park. The trail can be used for walking, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. There is also a bike trail around Lake Bemidji that is about 17 miles. There is an event every year where families and individuals bike around the lake with rest stops along the way.
Art in the Park, hosted by Paul Bunyan Communications and Watermark Art Center is held every year in the Bemidji Library Park across from the Watermark Art Center. Art in the Park has been a summer highlight for the residents of Bemidji since 1967. Art in the Park features over 100 artists, food vendors, and live entertainment. They will sell anything from wood and ceramics, clothing and jewelry, photography, metalworking, greeting cards, homemade preserves, food, candles, soaps, and much more. The annual attendance rate is roughly 4,000 people.
Every year, in the first week of August, teams compete in the Dragon boat races. The races are not the only thing that people can enjoy. There are also many food vendors, kid's activities, music, cultural performances, and more. An interesting fact, dragon boat racing is currently the fastest growing water sport in the nation.
The Bemidji Polar Days, also known as Winterfest, is a week-long festival that includes many different activities such as polar plunge, sled derby, broomball, and a 5k polar walk/run. Some other activities that can be found at the festival include curling, pond hockey, and a cornhole tournament.
Bemidji is home to a couple more recreational events throughout the year. The Paul Bunyan Triathlon is the 3rd Saturday in August. The Minnesota Finlandia Ski Marathon is also held in Bemidji.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.14 square miles (36.62 km2), of which 12.92 square miles (33.46 km2) is land and 1.22 square miles (3.16 km2) is water.
The largest earthquake on record for the Bemidji area was recorded on September 3, 1917. It is claimed that it shook houses down in Bemidji and across northern Minnesota. The epicenter was about 95 miles (153 km) away in Staples, Minnesota, and affected an area of 48,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) with a magnitude 4.4 with a maximum intensity of VI to VII. The closest and most recent quake occurred in Walker, Minnesota, on September 27, 1982, with a magnitude of 2.0.
Bemidji has a hemiboreal humid continental climate, Dfb in the Köppen climate classification: short, warm summers, and long, severe winters. The average mean annual temperature in Bemidji is 37.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest month is January with an average daily high of 16 degrees and an average daily low of −4 degrees. The warmest month is July with an average daily high of 79 degrees and an average daily low of 57 degrees. The average annual humidity is 47%. The average annual snowfall is 41.1 inches and the average annual rainfall is 23.8 inches. The average day Lake Bemidji freezes over is November 26 and the average day the ice goes off the lake is April 26.
Annual snowfall in the Bemidji Area increased 5% in the 21st century vs. the 1930-1999 period, according to the National Weather Service.
|Climate data for Bemidji, Minnesota 1981–2010 Normals, snowfall 1987–2018|
|Record high °F (°C)||52
|Average high °F (°C)||16.3
|Daily mean °F (°C)||5.9
|Average low °F (°C)||−4.6
|Record low °F (°C)||−50
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||0.73
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||10.7
|Source #1: Climatography of the United States|
|Source #2: XMACIS|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,431 people, 5,339 households, and 2,557 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,039.6 inhabitants per square mile (401.4/km2). There were 5,748 housing units at an average density of 444.9 per square mile (171.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.3% White, 1.2% African American, 11.3% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.
There were 5,339 households of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.7% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.1% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.83.
The median age in the city was 27.1 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 26.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.6% were from 25 to 44; 17.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,917 people, 4,669 households, and 2,427 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,011.8 people per square mile (390.6/km²). There were 4,948 housing units at an average density of 420.1 per square mile (162.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.31% White American, 0.76% African American, 11.52% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.
There were 4,669 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.0% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city, the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 24.9% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,072, and the median income for a family was $37,250. Males had a median income of $28,312 versus $20,694 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,264. About 13.2% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.
|Industries||Number of Employees|
|Healthcare and social assistance||6,782|
|Accommodation and food services||1,327|
|Professional, scientific, and technical services||760|
|Other services (except public administrations)||550|
|Finance and insurance||351|
|Transportation and warehousing||222|
|Arts, entertainment, and reaction||165|
|Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services||130|
|Real estate and rental and leasing||60|
These are the top 15 industries in Bemidji. On the United States Census Bureau American Factfinder, some industries had a range of employees, so the average number of employees were used. Also, some industries such as healthcare and social assistance, professional, scientific, and technical services, other services, arts, entertainment, and reaction, and educational services were split into three different categories. The number of employees for the three categories was combined into one category.
|Council Ward 1||Michael Meehlhause|
|Council Ward 2||Roger Hellquist|
|Council Ward 3||Ron Johnson|
|Council Ward 4||Richard Lehmann|
|Council Ward 5||Nancy Erickson|
|Council at-large||Dave Larson|
Bemidji's government is made up of a mayor and a council, with at least 5 council wards.
Bemidji is a college city with strong arts influences. The city's streets are lined with small shops and adorned with sculptures and other forms of public art.
The Concordia Language Villages are located near Bemidji and have been influential in the existence of several language conversational groups (including French, Chinese, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and German) that meet weekly in local coffee houses. An article written and published in the Bemidji Pioneer in 2018 states the Concordia's Korean Language Village received a five million dollar grant. The Korean village is the newest addition to the Concordia Language Villages.
During the summer, the Paul Bunyan Playhouse operates a non-Equity, summer stock theater at the Chief Theater. In the same venue, Bemidji Community Theatre also provides live theatre for the Bemidji area when Paul Bunyan Playhouse is not in operation.
The statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are a popular tourist spot in Bemidji, with many people photographing themselves in front of them. The statues are right next to the Bemidji Tourist Information Center, where tourists can get information on activities, events, and attractions. The center also includes many artifacts of the lumberjack's legend. One cool thing that the information center has is a giant book that you can sign your name in; the names go back a long time. Finally, there is an ancient fireplace that was built with 900 stones from every state in the United States, most of every Canadian province, and Minnesota national parks.
The city is well known to fans of the sport of hockey. As a Division II team, Bemidji State was a hockey dynasty in the 80s and 90s. Bemidji was in the title game 8 straight years, winning 5 Div II titles. They then switched from a Division II team to a Division I team in 1999 and are still currently a Division I team. They have not won any division I titles.
Also, the city is known to fans of the sport of curling. Both men's and women's rinks from the Bemidji Curling Club won the right to represent the United States in the 2005 World Curling Championship and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Pete Fenson, the skip of the U.S. curling team that took the bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics, is a native of Bemidji, as is Natalie Nicholson, who was the lead for the United States women's team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
A city referendum for a Bemidji Regional Events Center passed by a slim majority of 43 votes out of 4,583 votes cast in November 2006. Opening in 2010, the center was renamed the Sanford Center and serves as home to the Bemidji State University hockey team. The men's and women's hockey teams are both members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Beginning in the spring of 2014, the Sanford Center is the home of the city's first-ever professional sports team, the Minnesota Axemen of the Indoor Football League. They were terminated after the 2015 season.
From January 16th to January 19th, Bemidji hosted Hockey Day Minnesota a three day event aired on Fox Sports. The Bemidji High School and Bemidji State University boys and girls hockey teams both played on outdoor rinks outside of the Sanford Center. The Minnesota Wild team also played on the outdoor rinks
Bemidji is home to Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College, and Oak Hills Christian College. Public Education is served by Bemidji Area Schools is a part of the Independent School District 31 that includes 8 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. The rest of their public education schools include TrekNorth Charter High School, Voyagers Charter High School and Schoolcraft Charter School. Bemidji is also home to three private schools: St. Philips Catholic School, St. Mark's Lutheran School and Heartland Christian Academy.
The City of Bemidji acts as a regional center for shopping, arts, entertainment, education, health services, worship, and government services. The Bemidji Area includes parts or all of Beltrami (Pop. 44,442), Hubbard (Pop. 20,428), Cass (Pop. 28,567), Itasca (Pop. 45,058), Koochiching (Pop. 13,311), Lake Of The Woods (Pop. 4,045), Marshall (Pop. 9,439), Pennington (Pop. 13,930), Red Lake (Pop. 4,089), Clearwater (Pop. 8,695), and Mahnomen (Pop. 5,413) counties. The Bemidji area also includes the White Earth (Pop. 9,192) and Leech Lake (Pop. 10,660) Reservations and the Sovereign Nation of Red Lake (Pop. 5,162). Lexington Realty International places the Bemidji Area population at 131,553.
Most of Bemidji's TV stations primarily rebroadcast the television stations of the Twin Cities.
|9||9||KAWE||PBS||Northern MN Public TV|
(Located near Walker, MN)
|Fox Television Stations|
|Fox Television Stations|
|42||none||K42FH||TBN||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|48||48*||K48KI||3ABN||Three Angels Broadcasting Network|
|FM radio stations|
|88.5 FM||KCRB||MPR/NPR||Classical music||Minnesota Public Radio|
|89.7 FM||KBSB||FM 90||College radio/Top 40 (CHR)||Bemidji State Univ.|
|90.1 FM||KOJB||The Eagle||public radio/Native American/community interest|
|90.5 FM||KBXE||Northern Community Radio||Music, local news & arts, National Public Radio||Northern Community Radio|
|91.3 FM||KNBJ||MPR/NPR||News/Talk||Minnesota Public Radio|
|92.1 FM||WMIS||The River 92.1||Adult Hits||RP Broadcasting|
|92.7 FM||W224AB||Psalm 99:5||Christian
|Oak Hills Fellowship|
|93.5 FM||K228EW||LifeTalk Radio||Christian
|We Have This Hope|
|94.9 FM||K235BP||The Bun||Sports
|Paul Bunyan Broadcasting|
|95.5 FM||KKZY||KZY 95.5||Adult contemporary||Paul Bunyan Broadcasting|
|96.7 FM||KKCQ-FM||Q Country||Country||Pine to Prairie Broadcasting|
|98.3 FM||WBJI||Babe Country 98.3||Country||RP Broadcasting|
|99.1 FM||KLLZ||Z99||Classic rock||Paul Bunyan Broadcasting|
|101.1 FM||KBHP||KB101||Country||Paul Bunyan Broadcasting|
|102.5 FM||KKWB||Coyote 102.5||Country||De La Hunt Broadcasting|
|103.1 FM||K276EP||AM 820||Oldies
|De La Hunt Broadcasting|
|103.7 FM||KKBJ-FM||Mix 103.7||Hot AC||RP Broadcasting|
|104.5 FM||KBUN-FM||Sports||Paul Bunyan Broadcasting|
|107.1 FM||KKEQ||Your Q FM||Contemporary Christian music||Pine to Prairie Brd.|
|AM radio stations|
|820 AM||WBKK||AM 820||Catholic Talk||Real Presence Radio|
|1300 AM||KPMI||County Legends||Classic Country||Paskvan Media|
|1360 AM||KKBJ||Talkradio 1360||News/Talk||RP Broadcasting|
|1450 AM||KBUN||The Bun||Sports
|Paul Bunyan Broadcasting|
The following routes are located in the Bemidji area.
Bemidji is served by Bemidji Airport, which has passenger services on 3 airlines, Delta Connection, Sun Country Airlines and Bemidji Airlines, the latter of which is based in the city of Bemidji. Bemidji Airlines also operates cargo flights, while Corporate Air is the only airline to operate all-cargo-only flights to the airport, on behalf of FedEx Express.
In "How I Met Your Mother" S4E11 "Little Minnesota" Robin claims she's from Bemidji, so as not to get kicked out of a Minnesota themed bar to which Marshall takes her.
The nearest weather station to Bemidji is Cass Lake, just a few miles away. The National Weather Service records show that from 1930 through 1999, the average annual snowfall at Cass Lake was 50.2 inches. From 2000 through 2018, it was 52.5 inches–more snow, not less. And the 2008-09 total of 73.7 inches was the most since 1955-56.
The 2012 Bernick's Miller Lite Open is being held from October 26 to 28 at the Bemidji Curling Club in Bemidji, Minnesota, as part of the 2012–13 World Curling Tour. Though the event is listed as an event on the men's tour, it features one women's team, as it is open to both men and women. The event is being held in a round robin format, and the purse for the event is $18,000. In the final, Al Hackner of Northern Ontario defeated hometown favorite Pete Fenson with a score of 6–4.Babe City Rollers
The Babe City Rollers is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Bemidji, Minnesota. Founded in 2009, Babe City is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).Beltrami County, Minnesota
Beltrami County ( bel-TRAM-ee) is a county in the northern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,442. Its county seat is Bemidji. The county's name comes from the Italian count Giacomo Beltrami, who explored the area in 1825. The county was created in 1866 and organized in 1896.Beltrami County comprises the Bemidji, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Portions of the Leech Lake and Red Lake Indian reservations are in the county. The northernmost portion of the Mississippi River flows through the southern part of the county, through Bemidji. Beltrami County borders a total of nine counties, more than any other county in Minnesota, except for Renville County, which also borders nine counties.Bemidji Airlines
Bemidji Airlines (Bemidji Aviation Services Inc) is an American airline based in Bemidji, Minnesota USA. It operates domestic cargo flights, as well as extensive charter and air taxi services. Its main base is Bemidji Regional Airport, with a hub at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University (BSU) is a public state university in Bemidji, Minnesota, United States, located on the shores of Lake Bemidji. Founded as a preparatory institution for teachers in 1919, it provides higher education to north-central Minnesota. It is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.Bernick's Miller Lite Open
The Bernick's Miller Lite Open was an annual bonspiel, or curling tournament, that took place at the Bemidji Curling Club in Bemidji, Minnesota. The tournament was held in a round robin format. The tournament was started in 2012 as part of the World Curling Tour and lasted for four seasons.Cassandra Potter
Cassandra "Cassie" Potter (née Johnson) (born October 30, 1981) is an American curler best known for skipping the United States Women's Curling Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2005 Women's World Curling Championships. Her sister is fellow American Curling player Jamie Haskell.Dave Casper
David John Casper (born February 2, 1952) nicknamed "The Ghost," is a former American football player best known for being a prominent member of the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL). He was a tight end and also played as an offensive lineman. Casper has been inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (2012) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2002).Eric Fenson
Eric Fenson (born May 6, 1971 in Bemidji, Minnesota) is an American curler. He lives in Bemidji and curls out of the Bemidji Curling Club. He is a former national champion, and skips his own team.Jamie Haskell
Jamie Haskell (née Johnson; born July 18, 1980) was a member of the United States women's curling team at the 2006 Winter Olympics.Ken Haycraft
Kenneth C. Haycraft (February 16, 1907 – June 29, 1995) was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL).Lou Wangberg
Louis Wangberg (born March 27, 1941) is an educator who was the 41st lieutenant governor of Minnesota. He was elected on the Independent-Republican ticket with Governor Al Quie and served from January 1, 1979, to January 3, 1983. He also served as Quie's chief of staff for part of the term until he sought the governor's office on his own. In 1982, when Quie chose not to run for reelection, Wangberg was the Independent-Republican endorsed candidate for governor, but lost the primary to Wheelock Whitney. (DFL nominee Rudy Perpich won the election.)
As of 2019, Wangberg is the last male to serve as Minnesota's lieutenant governor.
Wangberg first sought the congressional nomination for the Seventh District when Bob Bergland vacated the office to become Jimmy Carter's Secretary of Agriculture. He lost the primary to Arlan Stangeland. Before becoming lieutenant governor, Wangberg served as a school superintendent in Bemidji. After his term of office he was an executive with the Jostens Corporation, a management consultant, professional speaker, and the president of Flagler Career Institute. Wangberg is the last man to have served as lieutenant governor of Minnesota.
Wangberg lives in Oakland Park, Florida. He taught Advanced Placement American history and government/economics at Pembroke Pines Charter High School, the largest charter high school in the United States (1,700 students). He is also a professor in the doctoral program at Northcentral University and the Keller Graduate School of Management.Mike Falls
Michael Lee Falls (born March 3, 1934) is a former American football guard in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Minnesota.Natalie Nicholson
Natalie Nicholson (born March 10, 1976 in Bemidji, Minnesota as Natalie Simenson) is an American curler. She currently plays lead for Erika Brown.Pete Fenson
Peter Fenson (born February 29, 1968 in Bemidji, Minnesota) is an American curler. He was the skip of the men's rink that represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they won the bronze medal, the first Olympic medal for the United States in curling. He has won eight national championships, the most recent in Philadelphia in March 2014, and six as skip.Russell A. Anderson
Russell A. Anderson (born May 28, 1942) is an attorney and former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served as an Associate Justice of the court from September 1, 1998 until he was sworn in as Chief Justice on January 10, 2006. He retired from the Supreme Court on June 1, 2008, at age 66, and was succeeded by Eric J. Magnuson.Ryan Winkler
Ryan Patrick Winkler (born December 30, 1975) is a Minnesota politician and majority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 46A, which includes portions of the cities of Golden Valley, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park in Hennepin County.In February 2018, Winkler announced his intentions to run for the legislative office he previously held in District 46A. He was re-elected, succeeding Peggy Flanagan, who had left the house to run for lieutenant governor.
DFL legislators elected Winkler to serve as Majority Leader in November 2018, and he took office in January 2019.Sanford Center
The Sanford Center is a 4,700-seat multi-purpose arena and convention center in Bemidji, Minnesota, United States that opened in October 2010. On October 18, 2010 the venue was renamed from the Bemidji Regional Events Center to the Sanford Center after Sanford Health Systems purchased naming rights for $2 million over ten years.
On Friday, October 15, 2010, the arena began hosting the home games of the Bemidji State Beavers men's ice hockey and Bemidji State Beavers women's ice hockey teams of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, replacing the aging 2,400-seat John S. Glas Field House.
Beginning with the 2014 season, the arena became home to the Bemidji Axemen of the Indoor Football League. The team was disbanded after the 2015 season.Terry Frost (actor)
Terry Frost (October 26, 1906, in Bemidji, Minnesota – March 1, 1993, in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor who appeared in dozens of Western films during the 1940s and 1950s.