Bemidji, Minnesota is a quaint old town, home to Bemidji State
University, dozens of surrounding lakes, and some really impressive
tributes to the legal profession, in it’s city hall and county
These buildings are larger and more impressive
than those in some cities 10 times the size. I simply must hear more
of the story behind these buildings….
A sign on an overpass that you have to pass under entering the
city shows pride in the city and their mascots, Paul Bunyan and Babe
the Blue Ox.
Bemidji is also one of those towns that have sculptures
on many of the downtown street corners. I have not yet been able to
determine the underlying theme, but many are nicely done and
Paul and Babe look somewhat forlorn right now as their place of
residence is being torn up, literally right at their feet, in order
to construct a new parking lot. I managed to find one small view
where the site appears a little less disturbed as the construction
It’s amazing how many times you can cross the Mississippi River
around here. No, it’s not as wide and mighty as it is down river
where captains with huge boats attached to 6-12 barges navigate
between the channel markers.
But it is the same river. The
headwaters of the Mississippi arise just a few miles from town. In
Bemidji, the river would allow a couple of ski boats to meet and
pass, while just a few miles out ot town, it is more like a stream
that kids can swim and play in.
I seem to recall from a visit while
we were in college that at the headwaters, you can walk across the
Mississippi River on stepping stones. But that’s for another
Smoke from Canadian wildfires is filling the air right now. The
haze is so thick you can’t even see across Lake Bemidji….
remember something similar when we were at Glacier National Park last