What is more elusive in Bemidji: bigfoot or the New York Times?

What’s more elusive in Bemidji these days: the bigfoot or a copy of the New York Times?

The Bemidji State men’s hockey program was featured in the New York Times in Monday’s edition and as of Sunday night when I discovered the story on the web, I wasn’t sure how much of the story would appear in the print edition.

So, the search for a hard copy was on.

I started my search at Walgreens in Bemidji. It seems like an odd place for the Times, but I know the Walgreens closest to my home in Duluth carries it. No luck here- just The Pioneer and the Star Tribune.

The next place I went to was the Bemidji Public Library. I made my way back to the periodicals on a busy day at the library but no luck here either- just The Pioneer, Northern Student, Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

I asked one of the librarians if the library carried the Times, and she said that it used to but not anymore. Too bad for the patrons. She suggested that I head to Book World downtown (across from Brigid’s Cross), Simonson’s Market and Leuken’s north.

Book World was closest for me and there was a copy on the rack. The last one. I paid the $2 and went right to the sports pages. There it was on page D6 with the photo of Ian Lowe and the full story that appeared online.

There was an added bonus in seeing BSU’s story in what I consider America’s most respected newspaper.

I snapped that photo of Ian Lowe during Bemidji’s win over Niagara on Dec. 4. The photo first appeared in the Pioneer on Dec. 5.

I liked it from the moment I saw it on the NIkon display screen and showed it to Mark Carlson, the athletic trainer who I stand next to at ice level during most games. He’s a photography guy too and he gave it the thumbs up.

Because of BSU’s success this year and the Beavers’ growing national popularity, I have made it a habit of uploading the best images from each game to The Associated Press. Any newspaper with AP services has access to any photo inside the system from national, world, sports and everything in between.

The same principle carried the photo I shot of Ricky Wike shoveling at Bethany Free Lutheran Church on Christmas day: that appeared online at the Los Angeles Times.

It just so happens that the Times liked the Ian Lowe photo enough to run in the national and New York editions.

I don’t know if I’ll ever have something of mine printed in the New York Times again, so this was quite a shock and a pleasant surprise to say the least. About the time I bought the copy at Book World, I received a text message of congratulations from a high school friend of mine who now lives in New York City and saw the photo.

Since the blizzard and work prevented me from being with family at Christmas, this is as close as I’ll get to Christmas this year and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.

Merry (belated) Christmas to everyone out there.

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