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BEMIDJI - Bemidji High School senior Brianna Neumann never expected to be asked out to prom so publicly. A few weeks ago she received a text from her high school senior boyfriend, Nick Gorick, asking her to meet him at Uff's Hometown Take & Bake Pizza, where he worked. "I was like, OK, and was a little confused," she said. When she arrived, she saw Gorick and his mother, holding a camera, standing by the store's sign. Neumann looked up at the sign and read the words, "Brianna will you go to prom with me? Nick." "She got really red in the face," Gorick said.
BEIMDJI - More than 1,000 students will receive their undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bemidji State University, Northwest Technology and Oak Hills Christian College in the coming days. While commencement marks the end of credit counting and cramming for exams, it also means facing real world issues, like how to pay for that degree. Finding ways to deal with mounting student debt has been on the forefront of the minds of legislators, educators and students throughout the school year. In October, President Barack Obama announced plans to give millions of young people some relief on th
BEMIDJI - It came as no surprise to Tricia Denzer, Bemidji School District's director of special education, to hear what could be improved with special education programming in the district. The district spends roughly 20 cents out of every dollar on special education, but this amount is increasing at a faster rate than what is spent on other programs in the budget, according to a study completed by Futures Education, a firm hired by the district to assess its special education program. If the trend continues, at some point the district would spend all its money on special education, Charles
BEMIDJI - P. Bruce Anderson's youngest grandson won't be the only one leaving Northern Elementary School this May as he moves on to middle school.
BEMIDJI - Dressed in a traditional black commencement gown and topped with a hat and yellow tassel, Audra "Tina" Grogan smiled as she stood behind the podium at Bemidji High School. "What an incredible moment this is for me," she told the April 17 audience of GED graduates, families and friends.
After waiting one week before deciding whether to approve a list of staffing changes for next year, members of Bemidji School District's Board of Education appeared more ready to make such a decision during a special school board meeting held Monday. While many of the positions recommended to be cut remained unchanged, this time the board was presented with two options - lose a half-time music position and .25 computer keyboard and technology position or cut two full-time computer keyboard and technology instructors from the elementary schools. The board chose the former option. Staffing ch
BEMIDJI - The Australian island of Tasmania, with its many rounded mountain ranges, tall gum trees and unique wildlife like the Tasmanian Devil, looks very different from Bemidji, and yet a handful of Tasmanians have been impressed by the First City on the Mississippi. Ryan Harris, 35, an account executive for Tasmania's leading telecommunications provider, was intrigued by the folklore stories of Paul Bunyan and his steed, Babe the Blue Ox. Emma Fyfe, 28, a marking project manager for the Tasmanian government, was overjoyed when she saw a groundhog and chipmunk for the first time in her lif
BEMIDJI - Treating yourself to a bologna sandwich once in a while and maintaining "a good Scandinavian work ethic" are the keys to living a long life, according to Dennis Johnson, the nephew of John Johnson who turned 100 on Monday. John Johnson, originally from Mohall, N.D., and resident at Goldpine Home in Bemidji, received a birthday party by friends and family Wednesday. He also received a surprise visit from Bemidji Mayor Dave Larson, who handed him a certificate of recognition for turning 100. Longevity runs in Johnson's family. He was born in 1912 on a farm as one of seven children.
BEMIDJI - School board member Bill Faver said nothing for nearly two hours as district administrators, the superintendent, students and other board members discussed administrators' recommendations Monday to reduce staffing by 10 positions next year. He listened as Horace May Elementary librarian Debra Rossman pleaded with the board to not eliminate one full-time and one part-time media specialists next year. Eventually, Faver could hold his tongue no longer. "It's really frustrating to me to have handouts given to me on Monday evening in April and expect me to understand all this informati
This was not a local decision, but rather one made by the federal government, Marleen Webb, Bemidji School District's food services coordinator, said of why school lunch prices have increased over the last two years. The district's Board of Education voted 4-0 Monday to increase school lunch prices at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.