A collection of NOTABLE happenings

Only In (Bemidji) MN

Bemidji honored with not only two lakes chosen, but also selected as the very first!

Nationally renowned, Minneapolis based artist Mark Herman was commissioned to create Sun Country’s Hometown Lakes Project, a series of custom lake-themed illustrations for the company’s aircraft fleet. For inspiration, Herman embarked with his dad on a trip across Minnesota to scout out lakes and landmarks that captured the project’s spirit. His exploration resulted in two waterways for Bemidji being selected! Bemidji was honored as being the very first aircraft released, paying tribute to Lake Bemidji with an iconic rendition of Paul and Babe the Blue Ox standing tall over the Bemidji downtown.

Herman’s artistic vision, when translated to an aircraft, features the Lake Bemidji name on the exterior of the aircraft, under either side of the cockpit, as well as outside the front boarding door. Inside the aircraft, images of Paul Bunyan and Babe enhance the decor.

Lake Irving is the second Bemidji waterway chosen for the Hometown Lakes program. This aircraft design features Minnesota’s state bird, the common loon, on its’ nest, overlooking the serene, idyllic Lake Irving. The Lake Irving aircraft, as well as the 23 others in this series, are scheduled to be unveiled as completed.

Herman’s Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving art is currently available for purchase as part of a set of stationery note cards and playing cards at the Sun Country Store at www.suncountry.com. To follow the project on social media, use #HometownLakesProject.

April 2017 Images from Sun Country Airlines and Nate Matthews

Bemidji Regional Airport chosen as fourth stop
in the country’s only women’s air race!

The 41st annual Air Race Classic (ARC), an all-women, transcontinental airplane race, has chosen the Bemidji Regional Airport as Stop Four in their 2017 race route, taking fliers from Frederick MD to Santa Fe NM. This year’s race route was chosen to challenge the racers, providing a variety of learning opportunities, yet still accommodate the endurance range of slower aircrafts.

Tracing its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, the ARC is the epicenter of women’s air racing. An ultimate test of piloting skill and aviation decision-making, ARC female pilots range in age from 17 to 90 years old and come from all walks of life.

This year’s race has pilots fly 2,600+ miles over four days, experiencing changes in terrain, weather, winds, and airspace. The Air Race Classic follows a different route every year, with typically 10 predefined airports that the race team must fly to along the way. Landing at each airport is optional depending on the decisions of the race team. However, each team must be on the ground at a designated race stop prior to sunset. There is no requirement to fly the race in four days. The race can be flown in one day or up to four days, depending on strategy, weather, and airplane endurance. Because the ARC is a handicap race, teams are racing against their own best time, not against one another, which allows slower planes to compete against faster aircraft on an equal basis.

At each designated stop, volunteers help the racers with water, food, fuel, transportation – whatever they need. All airplane enthusiasts are invited to the Bemidji Airport to watch racers fly the timing line, and maybe meet them on the ground. You can also follow the racers online as they make their way along the race course at http://www.airraceclassic.org.

June 2017 Photos courtesy of The Air Race Classic, Inc.  All rights reserved. www.airraceclassic.org.

Lion’s Club chooses Bemidji’s Convention Center
to commemorate 100 years of community service!

Lions from all over Minnesota, Manitoba and northwest Ontario made their way to Bemidji late April for the 2017
MD5M Lions of the North for the Next 100 convention. The last time the Lion’s selected Bemidji to host their convention
was in 1941. Since that date, while the Lions Club’s has had remarkable growth, it is only rivaled by the growth of
the Bemidji community and it’s facilities to accommodate such an event!

“We have the facility and the hotels, so we can then have this big of a gathering this time,” explained Wayne Tieman, Second Vice District Governor of District 5M10. With the convention and lodging facilities Bemidji now offers, Bemidji is the premier choice for gatherings in northern Minnesota. But beyond facilities, it is the heart and spirit of the community that Bemidji offers group gatherings that make it successful. “We have a lot of good support,” stated Tieman, noting that at least 50 people in the area came together to help organize the event.

The flexible space of Bemidji’s Convention Center was cited as one of the key draws for the near 600 members attending the Lion’s three-day gathering. Working with the Lions, Convention Center staff was able to set up just the right combinations to accommodate the various seminars, different meeting needs, and to make the Lions “big event,” the Governor’s Banquet, special, comfortable and memorable.

To learn more about why Bemidji should host your next meeting, gathering, conference or sports event in, click here or simply call us at 877-250-5959.

June 2017