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!”

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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Scrapbooking has always been something that my mom and I enjoyed doing. Growing up, I would scrapbook all of my major trips with marching band or others things we took a lot of photos of!

Since I started college and moved out of my parent’s house, I haven’t done much of it however; my mom recently went on a scrap booking retreat with her mom (my grandma). They both were able to dedicate three days to scrap booking. My mom was able to finish my life until my college graduation. Here are a few photos of the pages she did for my Bemidji State graduation ceremony!
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Reuben Sandwich w/ Thousand Island Dressing

I am not a fan of Corned Beef and cabbage but my husband has to have corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day. So this is a way to make both of us happy. I was surprised that my kids actually were willing to give this a try. Minus the sauerkraut, swish cheese and rye bread – they had to have sourdough bread and provolone cheese!
ReubenReuben Sandwich w/ Thousand Island Dressing
PREP: 15 minutes**            COOK: 5-10 minutes per sandwich**            SERVES: 4
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