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BSU’s Sustainability Office hosting Earth month activities

BEMIDJI — BSU’s Sustainability Office will host a series of events throughout the month to recognize April as Earth Month.

A Sustainable Tuesday presentation by Darby Nelson titled “For the Love of Lakes” is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hagg-Sauer 100 on the BSU campus and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW.

The BSU Sustainability Office, Bobcat of Bemidji and 5R Processors will be available from 1 to 6 p.m. April 21 in the parking lot near the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues in downtown Bemidji collecting electronic waste such as televisions, computers, or other consumer electronics. Items containing Freon, speakers or televisions in wooden enclosures, or items with broken glass will incur a fee of between $5 and $15 per item. A data cleansing service for hard drives will also be available for $10 per drive; drives will not be returned. No hazardous, radioactive, explosive or flammable materials will be accepted. For more information, contact Diane at

BSU will host an Earth Day celebration featuring a farmer’s market, live music, bike tune up and a pipe ceremony from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22 in the Lakeside Terrace area of lower Hobson Memorial Union on the BSU campus.

A Sustainable Tuesdays event on local water quality issues is set for 5:30 p.m. April 22 in the American Indian Resource Center Gathering Place on the BSU campus. Panelists from around the state will present on Lake Bemidji, Park Rapids ground water and the effects of copper mining on water in the region. Refreshments will be provided.

BSU will host a pair of presentations at the American Indian Resource Center Great Room on the BSU campus. The first presentation on grease waste begins at 4:30 p.m. April 23 followed by a presentation on the North Country Trail beginning at 7 p.m.

A lakeshore cleanup event and beach party will take place April 25

Stride into Spring 5k and 10k event will take place April 26, beginning at BSU’s Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center.

The BSU Sustainability Office will host a workshop showing water treatment and purification techniques from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 24. The event will be limited to approximately 20-30 participants. Advance registration is encouraged.

Each Thursday during Earth Month, BSU is offering a free documentary film screening at 7:30 p.m. in Bensen Hall 115. Admission is free.

April 17: “School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten”

April 24: “Tapped”