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About Joe Froemming

I'm a reporter/copy editor for the Bemidji Pioneer. Previously, I worked for the Worthington Daily Globe as a copy editor and before that, I had a brief stint as the Fine Arts Columnist for the St. Cloud Times. I was born and raised in St. Cloud, a graduate of St. Cloud State University and worked in record stores for 10 years before wandering into the world of journalism. I live in Bemidji with my wife Gina and our cat, Mac. All the papers and towns mentioned above are located in Minnesota.

Fargo: Episode 1, The Crocodile’s Dilemma

Wow, that sure was a doozy there. The first episode of FX’s “Fargo” sure did not beat around the bush. It sucked me in fairly quickly into this fictional Bemidji. First off, their “Bemidji” is flat, lacks trees and looks … Continue reading

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Join the conversation for premiere of ‘Fargo’

Ah jeez, here we go. You can join in the conversation for the debut of the new, much-anticipated “Fargo” television series at 9 p.m. Tuesday on FX. The fictional town of Bemidji plays a large role in the series, organizers … Continue reading

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‘Fargo’ Looking Pretty Good; My Plans For The Show

The first seven minutes of the upcoming “Fargo” TV series has been released, and it certainly looks, sounds and feels true to the source material that was the 90s flick by the same name. We find out that Martin Freeman’s … Continue reading

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Minneapolis Comic Con: My first nerd convention

I enjoy a lot of dorky things. Science fiction, quoting oddball comedies and writing blogs about pop culture to name a few. But I have never been to a convention that appeals to my dorky likes. My wife, Gina, has … Continue reading

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My Bemidji roots

I was not born in Bemidji, but I do have some strong connections to here growing up. In the late 1970s, my grandparents (Gene and Delores Froemming) owned and operated the Singer Sewing Shop that was located downtown. They relocated … Continue reading

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Death of A Record Store

It wasn’t a question of “if,” it was a question of “when?” From 1999 through 2010, I had worked in record stores in St. Cloud. The bulk of those years were at a used CD/DVD/Vinyl store called CD Warehouse. ┬áThe … Continue reading

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‘Fargo’ coming to the small screen; Bemidji will be representin’

I have to admit, I’m pretty psyched for the TV adaptation of the Coen brothers classic 1996 film, “Fargo.” Not just because I am a huge fan of the original film, but also because I’m a huge fan of the … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Winter

Dear Winter, Just knock it off. Stop. We get it and we’ve had enough of you. This winter you have been a real pain. You overstayed your welcome last year by creeping into May and this year you’ve smacked us … Continue reading

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Harold Ramis

The news of Harold Ramis, whose comedic bent was a huge part of my childhood, ┬ápassing away put a dark cloud over my day. Growing up, he was Dr. Egon Spengler from “Ghostbusters.” He was the straight man to Bill … Continue reading

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Winter

I watched some curling, pond hockey and people dressed like the band Kiss jump into Lake Bemidji today. It was the Winterfest, an event that takes place in the outdoors. And it’s all on the lake. I’ve done a frozen … Continue reading

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