Some exciting things are going on behind the scenes in and around our little metropolis.
Apparently this has been on local radio and I’ve seen it on a few official memos, but it sounds like Venueworks (the operational company for the Bemidji Regional Event Center) has signed its first non-hockey event for Bemidji. Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney, is well known for his red neck down home humor. He is part of the Blue Collar Comedy Troupe along with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Ron White. He has released 7 comedy CD’s, been in many movies including being a voice in the Pixar films “Cars” and has written a book titled (surprise) Git-R-Done. The History Channel signed him to host a series this year tentatively titled “Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy”. Details of his appearance in Bemidji I am sure are being finalized. I heard it would be in November.
Speaking of the Bemidji Regional Event Center, Lakeland Public Television has gained the television rights to the Bemidji State Beaver WCHA men’s hockey home games and is attempting to get enough advertisers to sign on to make this a reality. Its really a win-win proposition for both the station and the university. The opportunity for BSU and its program to have exposure through television coverage is huge, for recruiting and for the school itself. With well over 70% of the local tickets sold out for next year, it will give others the opportunity to enjoy the team and the facility. While several teams in the league have some local cable coverage, many using the students and school equipment, Lakeland has made the bold commitment to put on a professionally run operation with paid staff and their equipment. Not only does their broadcast area cover from the Canadian boarder to Little Falls, they are carried on both DISH NETWORK and DIRECT TV out of the TWIN CITIES, giving BSU most of Southern Minnesota from the South Dakota border to Menomanie, Wisconsin. Lakeland gets access to a different set of viewers, and I am sure will be promoting their programming and possible solicitation for contributions to their operation. As most people know Lakeland is one of the few PBS stations in America producing their own local daily newscast. They apparently have 6 of the needed 12 sponsorships spoken for. Congratulations for this fantastic partnership and here’s hoping its going to happen!
Lastly, I see this week the local smoke shop that was on the corner of Irving and Paul Bunyan Drive (directly across from Walgreens) moved across the street next to the municipal liquor store. On several occasions people have seen a surveying crew on the site of the smoke shop (which I am told use to be the old A and W Rootbeer Drive In). I wrote earlier about CVS coming to town on the site of the current bowling alley (which is building new and expanding out by the airport on Hwy 71 across from Putt and Go). Apparently that deal didn’t happen. In that blog I did mention how CVS likes going as close to Walgreens as possible (just look in the Twin Cities how they are on every corner next to each other). Could it be that CVS is taking over the old tobacco shop corner to be directly across from Walgreens here in Bemidji? This is strictly intuition…and I’ve been wrong before on this…but it sure makes sense. And that’s this Memorial Week Coverage from our Metropolis. Thank you all Veterans for everything you have done for us!