Community & History
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Bemidji, Minnesota, the First City on the Mississippi River, is the known as the Curling Capital of the World and Home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
The name Bemidji is derived from the Ojibwe Bay-may-ji-ga-maug, meaning "lake that traverses another body of water." Bemidji is located on beautiful Lake Bemidji and along the Mississippi River's bank, only miles from where the mighty Mississippi begins its 2,552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico.
The first white settlers came to the area around 1880. Today, Bemidji is home to approximately 14,000 residents and nearly 25,000 residents living close by. Known for great hunting and fishing, many people who vacation here eventually call Bemidji their home.
The first hospital was started here in 1898 by a group of Benedictine nuns. Since then, the hospital has been at several locations and under various ownerships until Sanford Health and North Country Regional Hospital merged in March 2011.