From the Archives: Aug. 6 in the Pioneer

10 years ago

August 6, 2012 -- The Cedar Rivers Gang claimed victory at the seventh annual Dragon Boat Festival in Bemidji. The team, which came for the tournament all the way from Iowa, beat out the HydraHeads in the final race by almost a second and a half, earning them gold. This is the team’s second time winning, the first was in 2009.

25 years ago

August 6, 1997 -- The nationwide strike of United Parcel Service has reached Bemidji, where 23 local employees and members of the Local Union 346 are participating and picketing outside of the center. Nationwide, over 185,000 union members are taking part in the strike, asking for higher pay and better conditions.

50 years ago

August 6, 1972 -- Over 1,000 children participated in Bemidji’s summer recreational programs, which ranged from swimming lessons to gymnastics. At the end of the summer around 587 children demonstrated their new-found skills in front of an audience of over 300, showing off stunts, dances, and other talents.

100 years ago

August 6, 1922 -- A peculiar incident resulted in a young man injured, though he is expected to make a full recovery. A friend was driving with the young man when he heard a loud noise, he turned and saw his friend had a revolver and a bullet wound in his chest. “Oh, it went off,” he said, before he was taken speedily to a doctor.

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