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SERVING CLEARWATER COUNTY, HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, SINCE 1897 00armers VOLUME 113 R 33 l Wednesday, June n Small Town Papers 5026 CNifornia Ave SW Your Paper Expires: Seattle WA 98136-1208 Ihh,l,,I,,,,ll,,Ih,lh,,,,ll,,hlll,,,h,l,,,hl,ll,,,I,,ll 1 Single Copy $24 Yearly Subscription INSIDE THE RS: I've had some F .OS: One wishes the haters of Israel would " s of flat zeal to e real enemies of freedorh and religious pluralism: radical Islam. Pg. 11 Bi PRESS: It would have been wrong for Iran to do a woman's Class of 2010 ushered into gymnasium and then the future By Darlene Sawyer The 103rd senior class graduated from Bagley High School on Friday evening, June 4, at the Bagley High School gym. The 51 seniors chose lime green, black, and silver as their class colors and the white rose as their flower. Their motto was "In Learning we have shared, In sharing, we have found friendship. In friendship, we have found ourselves." Black, lime green and silver balloons and two white, red, and green flower sprays decorated the setting for this year's ceremony. Also included in the graduation setting was a huge television screen set up to the right of the graduation platforms and a television camera to record the ceremony operated by BHS Technology Director Seth Tramm. This technology was made available to the Bagley School through the efforts of Dave Shepherdson of Phenomenal Networks of Minnetonka. It was made available for senior Trever Braaten who was injured in early May in an ATV crash, and he is cuixently hospitalized at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minn. The two-way technology made it possible for Trever to literally graduate with his class as the ceremony was televised live between Trever and his parents (at the hospital) and the classmates. Trever wore his black graduation cap and gown and was applauded by his fellow students when he gave a "thumbs up" sign. According to Supt. Steve Caims, Shepherdson and his Phenomenal Networks donated the use of and helped set up $10,000 worth of equipment for the special ceremony. They also sent an instructor to show Seth Tramm how to operate the equipment. The two-way communication worked well. Graduation at BHS/Continued on page 8 Scott Halvorson is hugged by his Aunt Gail Maundean Art in the Park set for July 10 in Bagley Bagley's 23rd Annual Art in the Park will be held Saturday, July 10, in the City Park overlooking beautiful Lake Lomond. This fun-filled day is free to the public and begins at 9 a.m. This year it will feature the musical talents of Northern Bass. Relax and enjoy the beautiful variety of music (jazzed up early classics, surf instrumentals and rock songs from the late 50's and early 60's) they will NELL receives grant for concert Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning has been awarded a grant through the Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Grant Program to bring two performers to the area for a late-summer concert. Calling the event a "Global Festival," NELL will host performers from widely different backgrounds, Laura McKenzie and Gary Rue whose music reflects their Irish and Scottish roots; and Kathy and Leo Lara whose work is based on music from South America. Part of the event will feature foods from the regions represented by the music. NELL coordinator Tamara Edevold and the nine-member NELL Board are especially pleased that the grant allows for h!ring an event manager. "Part of this grant provides funds to hire a concert event manager; so we want to hear from someone who can Concert in works Continued on page 5 share with everyone. The Summer Recreation Dancers will be performing as well. Children and youth will have the opportunity to paint piggy banks, which is sponsored by Art in the Park Continued on page 5 First off the press .... Virgil Prestby is the proud owner of the very first Clearwater County Fair calendar to come off the press. Your purchase of a fair calendar shows your support of the best fair in northern Minnesota, as well as entitling you to win cash prizes, with a prize drawn daily. Calendars are available from any member of the Clearwater County Fair Board, from the Extension Office, or from designated sites. (See advertisement for a list of board members and sites where the calendars are available.) The BHS Class of 2010 rises to its feet to applaud their hospitalized classmate Trever Braaten who is being shown on the interactive TV screen. (Photos by Darlene Sawyer) See more photos inside. Reflections bring awe of the many who sacrificed for nation By Tom Burford A sunny but windy morning greeted those attending the Memorial Day program at the Bagley City Cemetery on May 31. The program started with the American Legion Color Guard advancing the flags along a roadway flanked by American flags flapping in the wind. After a brief welcome by American Legion Post 16 Commander Bill Brummett, the Star Spangled Banner was sung by Parker Henry Boe, 7- year-old grandson of Legion member Butch Boe. The invocation was delivered by Chaplain Harvey Miller, and then Brummett introduced the keynote speaker, Dave Hallan of Bagley. Hallan is a retired Bagley High School teacher and a veteran of the Army in the Vietnam era. Hallan talked about the history of Memorial Day, but first he commended those volunteers who get up early to set flags on the graves and driveway at the cemetery. He recognized the color guard's dedication in going to the cemetery at Rice Lake before coming to the rites at Bagley, and the American Legion Auxiliary for its part in community projects. He talked about some of the history behind the Blue Stars placed on'windows of homes or businesses that had family or staff serving in the armed forces, and then the Gold Stars that signified a family that had lost a son or daughter in war. He held a Gold Star that had belonged to his grandmother Ethel in honor of her only son, Keith Torkildson, who was lost at sea serving aboard the U.S.S. Hull in 1944. "I use it today as a reminder of an uncle I never knew, whose middle name I have in memory of him," said Hallan. "Also, when Memorial Day Continued on page 4 David Hallan presented a thought provoking speech. RELAY FOR LIFE Join the Clearwater County American Cancer Society's Relay for Life! JOIN THE TEAM THAT'S FIGHTING CANCER! tf-psa Gold Sponsors: Farmers Independent, Leader Record. Sliver sponsors: Cornerstone Residence. Bronze Sponsor: Bagley Chiropractic. Teams already signed up: The Bag Ladies sponsored by Clearwater Nursing Service, The Mad Gabbers sponsored by Willberg's Auto Center, Crackerbarrel Cowboy Up, Team S & A, Ann Anderson Youth Team, Cornerstone Residence, Clearwater County Law Enforcement. Get your team on the list! The more teams, the more fun and the more money raised to fight cancer! August 21,201 0 Bagley Fairgrounds To be a sponsor, sign up a team, join a team or get details, contact Terri Erickson, 785-2677 or Sabrina Anderson, (218) 760-4000 (cell) or 694-2084 ! i