Into & Over

We found people on the streets of downtown Bemidji and in Diamond Point Park to ask them what they are into and what they are over. (This post is continued from the 2015 summer edition of inMagazine.) Let us know what you’re into and over in the comments!

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Connie Ghostley (left) is into sorting, organization and spring cleaning. She’s also into music as she plays the violin in the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Connie is over knick-knacks after a lifetime of collecting them. She is pictured with her daughter, Mary Kelbs.

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Reynold Orchard was into his walk around Lake Bemidji. He was making a stop at Diamond Point Park for lunch. He was over work, as he had the day off.

Favorites from Paul Bunyan Playhouse patrons

By Laurie Swenson Swenson Laurie 2009

Special to inMagazine

(This post is continued from the 2015 summer edition of inMagazine.)

Laurie’s top five memorable plays: 

Forever Plaid, 2011: A spot-on ensemble, visually stunning, with wonderful music and four guys who worked together beautifully. Daniel Lundin’s transformation from paralyzing stage fright to over-the-top crooning in his rendition of “Cry” is probably my favorite Playhouse scene. You start out laughing at poor Jinx and end up blown away by how he brings it home. I’ve watched many YouTube videos of this, but have never seen a version that captures the full range that Daniel did. If I could have a video of any stage song, it would be this.


Dracula, 2010: An incredible performance by everyone. Matt Sciple as Renfield was brilliantly horrifying. It set the tone for the whole play, and I’ll never forget that character.

The Boys Next Door, 2010: An earnest and poignant look at the lives of mentally handicapped people in a group home, this play and everyone in it stole my heart forever.

Gypsy, 2010: This was my first look at the amazing Karen Wiese-Thompson, who was stunning as Rose, the desperate stage mom who sets her hopes on daughter Louise, played convincingly and poignantly by Kristen Husby. Paul Reyburn was wistfully adorable in this gripping tale as Herbie, who tries so earnestly to help.

The Full Monty, 2011: This was a delightful burlesque romp that brought out a lot of Bemidjians, lots of them ladies. It was a bold choice for the Playhouse, but the approach was so playful your grandma might have loved it.

Favorites from Playhouse patrons: 

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Mitch Berntson

“My favorite play at PBP would have to be the first one I ever saw there.  It was 1993, and two of my friends took me to see “Noises Off!” They knew the play, but I went in as a ‘virgin,’ not knowing what I was about to see. That show was all about such beautifully choreographed chaos and razor-sharp timing. Walking out at the end, I knew that I had to one day be a part of that. For me, that dream came true last year.” (Bernston played Frederick Fellowes in the PBT production of “Noises Off!” in 2014.)


Chuck Deeter

Chuck Deeter

“She Loves Me” (1991), in the Playhouse’s final season at Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge. Deeter played the head waiter. “We had a great cast, we had a blast doing it, and I was the lead of my own scene. I played the head waiter with a haughty attitude and got to chase someone through a crowded restaurant. Fun stuff!”



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Ernie Rall

“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (2013): “In a word – AWESOME! The story’s adaptation by Jeffery Hatcher, the artistic direction by Zach Curtis, the lighting design by Grant Merges, and a top-notch cast of Randall J. Funk, Erin Mae Johnson, Joel Raney, Matt Sciple, Peter Simmons and Katherine Tieben-Holt will draw you in to the fast-paced drama. The staging with its lights, sounds and scenes of a tortured soul will have you on the edge of your seat. Aside from a fine production, the show is an experience! A MUST SEE!”

Clothespin Plant Holder

One thing that I’m really into is watching “YouTubers.” My current favorites are Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, Colleen Ballinger… okay, I watch a lot of them!
Recently, Jill, both a co-worker, friend, and fellow YouTuber fan, showed me a video of spring crafts by one of her favorites, Ingrid Nilsen. Check out the video by clicking here.
So, inspired, I set off to make the smaller plant holder from the tuna can, but I’m not the biggest fan of tuna so I opted for a similar shaped can of chicken. It was a little larger so I painted the can white, so when the bottoms showed it wasn’t completely ugly.
Once I added the clothespins, I thought it was pretty cute. Next, I read the directions with the plant that I purchased, and it said that it needs “well draining soil,” so with my dad’s drill (that I’m borrowing for a few weeks), I was able to drill three holes in the bottom to allow the water to be able to drain. With some extra dirt, I was able to plant the succulent!
I posted the step by step pictures below and at the end you’ll see both mine and Jills final projects. As you can see, this project can have a lot of variety. Hope you enjoy!
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Make-Your-Own Calendar!

I recently moved ​into a new house, and I wanted a new calendar. (Okay, I didn’t have one before, I was going to try  and be organized with bills and plans and things!) After searching for a while, I couldn’t find one I really liked so I decided to make my own. Hobby Lobby has a whole section of empty calendars with stickers based on each month and paper to go along with it! It was very easy to find everything! I kept the decorations pretty small because I didn’t want it to be too heavy to hang on the fridge! I posted the pictures of each month below. Let me know what you think!

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Monkey Bread

 I made this Monkey Bread for the first time last weekend at the request of my son. He had been at a friends for a sleep over and this is what he had for breakfast and then came home and told me I have to make this. I asked what it was he had and of course being 12 he had no clue except it was good and looked like a cake. So I called to get the recipe. It was so easy to make and tasted amazing.

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Monkey Bread
10 min               COOK TIME: 30 min               SERVES: 12
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Old Frame, New Art

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were on our way to the cities to visit his brother and to see some of my friends from college. Anyways, we had some time to kill and we stopped at a few shops to look around. I was inspired by a picture frame with twine to hang the photos on. Although, I wanted to make my own.
I was able to find an old picture frame at Secondhand Splendor downtown and everything else I was able to get a Jo-Ann Fabrics…because they had sent me a 20% percent off coupon earlier in the week!

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General Tso’s Chicken Salad

If you love General Tso’s Chicken then you need to try this delicious salad. This is one of my go to meals when I need to get a meal on the table and I don’t have much time before needing to be someplace. I love you can have it on the table in 15 minutes and it tastes like you have been cooking for hours.
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General Tso’s Chicken Salad
PREP TIME: 5 Minutes          COOK TIME:  5-15 Minutes*          SERVES:  4 – 5
*5-10 minutes if chicken is thawed. 10-15 minutes if chicken is frozen
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inStyle with Abby: Two Dollar Score

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Aside from my dedicated thrift store routine, I have a method of hitting up the clearance racks at most retail stores. I go to my size and quickly flip through. Most of the time I don’t even find anything. But oh those glorious days when I do!

Step 1: Find clearance accessories first. Clearance accessories will take an outfit that you already have and transform it into a better or alternate version of the same look, giving it more life.

Right now is a great time to buy clearance scarves. Retailers think that we are all rearing to go for summer wardrobe shopping, however the reality is that its 30 degrees outside. (Jokes on them.) If you purchase a clearance scarf today, you will have time to wear it now, plus it will still be fashionable next Fall.
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