Extract from the archives: April 2 in the Pioneer – Bemidji Pioneer


April 2, 2012 – Ten Bemidjians are adrift in the South China Sea on the cruise ship Azamara Quest after a fire temporarily disabled the ship. Of the 1,000 people on board, five crew members were injured. With power and propulsion restored, the ship is now heading to the Philippines for repairs.

April 2, 1997 — The Bemidji school board announced budget cuts of $800,000 for the 1997-1998 school year, in order to avoid deficit spending. The move includes terminating the contracts of more than 20 teachers and assistants, as well as cutting budgets for supplies and extracurricular activities.

April 2, 1972 — Confused Cathy, a cow with her udders by her front legs instead of her back, has returned to the Bemidji scene with a new owner. Made famous while owned by Bemidjian Marv Vaerst, he sold Cathy to a Red Wing couple after people doubted Cathy’s integrity. This couple have now moved to Bemidji themselves, with Cathy in tow.

April 2, 1922 — A Minneapolis man named John J. Conway has purchased 140,000 acres of land south of Blackduck, intending to divide the land into parcels of 40 to 160 acres and sell them to settlers looking to settle In the region. The soil is considered exceptionally productive for those interested in agriculture.

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