Bemidji’s second 25 years saw growth in population, business and tourism

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The second quarter century of Bemidji’s history was perhaps the most dynamic of any 25 years in the city’s development. Lumber had originally drawn people to the area, and sawmills continued to thrive, but the rough-and-tumble town of the late 1800s had matured to the point of being the north central hub for railroads, bringing freight and passengers and taking huge loads of lumber away.

Since its designation as Beltrami County’s seat in 1897, the city had seen the steady growth of schools and businesses. In 1920, Bemidji had a population of 7,086. By the mid-1940s, it was approaching 10,000.

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Hilton’s bizarre 1967 plan for a space hotel

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(CNN) — Two years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the Hilton chain of hotels was already planning to welcome guests in space.

Hilton, who was then the president of the family business, proceeded to lay out a detailed plan that included both orbiting and lunar hotels. “By 1967, we’d only been doing jet travel for less than 10 years, so this was really a far-reaching concept,” says Mark E. Young, a hospitality industry historian at the University of Houston.

“But it got a lot of attention: It was in newspapers for the next several days, and not

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The First Look: Palmetto Championship at Congaree

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The Palmetto Championship at Congaree is a one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open, as lingering concerns tied to the U.S.-Canada border and ongoing COVID-19 challenges made it too difficult to host Canada’s national open for the second year in a row.

This is the third PGA TOUR event contested in South Carolina this season (RBC Heritage and PGA Championship) while the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be hosted in South Carolina the same week as the Palmetto Championship.

FIELD NOTES: Reigning FedExCup champion and South Carolina native Dustin Johnson leads the field… The

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VacationOffer.com Helps Travelers Book Summer Vacation Packages at Popular Sold-Out Destinations

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LAS VEGAS, June 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With 46 percent of U.S. adults now fully vaccinated and 59 percent having received at least one dose, the accelerated vaccine rollout is sparking a vacation-booking surge. However, many vaccinated Americans eager to plan their summer vacations are hitting roadblocks due to highly sought-after destinations being sold out or having extremely limited availability. With vacation packages, hotels, event tickets, and attraction tickets available in the most popular destinations in the United States, trusted online travel agency VacationOffer.com is stepping up to save the summers of many vacationers.

From bright and bustling

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