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Dennis Doeden


Dennis Doeden, former publisher of the Bemidji Pioneer, is a feature reporter. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with a degree in Communications Management.

He joined Forum Communications Company in 1979 and worked at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead for 22 years in various newsroom positions. He was named publisher of the Bemidji Pioneer in 2001 and served in that post until 2019. He welcomes story ideas at or by phone at 218-333-9771.

Peter Nordquist has made three trips to Ukraine to provide humanitarian aid since the Russian invasion began in February. He now is working with a doctor in Minneapolis to provide prosthetics to Ukrainians who have lost limbs in the war.
The five varieties of mushrooms Thamrong “Keng” Dechawuth is growing are being used in recipes at his Tara Bemidji and Drunken Noodle in Fargo. Keng, who opened the Thai Orchid restaurant in Moorhead, hopes to introduce the mushrooms to the new spaces he is opening soon in Brainered and Crosby, Minnesota.
A newly published children’s book by Red Lake author Elizabeth Barrett and illustrator Jonathan Thunder brings the Seven Grandfather Teachings of Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility and Truth to colorful life for young and old.
Peter Nordquist became 1 of 9 Americans to join a humanitarian team that was in Poland for about a week before crossing the Ukrainian border on Sunday, April 10, and traveling to Lviv on a crowded bus.
Larry Zea enjoyed opera, flying, hunting, fishing and raising Scottish Highland cattle. For many years the jolly, white-bearded man became Santa Claus, working at shopping malls in Bemidji, Mankato and suburban Chicago. He marched with the U.S. Navy Band in President Kennedy’s funeral procession. But friends and family will remember Zea, who died Nov. 12 at age 84, for his generosity and zest for life.
The Carrs are one of nearly two dozen families that have taken advantage of Greater Bemidji’s 218 Relocate program, which offers incentives to those who move to Bemidji and work remotely. Tony is a geospatial technician for Boeing, creating flight charts for commercial airline pilots. They moved here from Denver with their two young daughters in June, and are living with Sharon’s parents on Lake Movil until Dec. 14 when they close on their new home.
Darolyn Erickson will be among the competitors Oct. 16 at the Minnesota Sings! statewide competition in Woodbury, although she won’t be able to attend. A recording of her song has been sent in to be played at the event. Three others from the Bemidji Sings! event will compete live at the state event.
Brandon Ferdig has a multimedia catalog of work that includes documentaries, YouTube videos, a book, several published stories and a weekly newsletter. He also has traveled extensively around the world.
The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious honor the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as Master Pilots.
Colleagues, patients, bandmates, fishing and hunting buddies, and fellow golfers are sharing fond memories of Jim Thompson, who died on Aug. 16 at age 88.