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BEMIDJI - Biology faculty at Bemidji State University may notice changes afoot after their colleague, aquatic biology professor Donald Cloutman, retires this May. Conversations held in the faculty lounge may no longer be about parasites that live on fish gills. Students and staff who open freezer doors in the biology department may no longer see frozen fish stare back at them.
BEMIDJI -- Caleb Countryman grinned from ear to ear Wednesday afternoon as he held up a bright blue plastic canteen a classmate found minutes earlier in the trash.
This spring marks the third year students and others at Solway Elementary School will have the opportunity to plant seeds in their very own school garden. The garden, which is 50 feet by 60 feet in size, started after the school district received a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program through the Minnesota Department of Health. Since then, Marleen Webb, food services coordinator for the Bemidji School District, has written and attained numerous grants and has collaborated with several agencies and volunteers in order to keep the garden growing each year. Students begin each s
Marleen Webb, food services coordinator for Bemidji School District, is excited for the growing season to come into full swing because it means students will again be receiving fresh and locally grown food. This summer is the fourth year the school district will participate in the Farm to School program, an initiative supported by the University of Minnesota Extension that connects schools and students with food grown from nearby farms. Last year the school district purchased a variety of produce, including strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, squash, potatoes, corn, herbs
BEMIDJI - Eight-year-old Grace Lauderbaugh of Bemidji has at times had to sit out physical education class at school or while her classmates played outside. But on Thursday, Lauderbaugh was made the center attention as she, her mother and sister were treated to a pedicure and message at Bemidji's Professional Salon Academy.
The man who helped bring Concordia Language Villages to Bemidji will be remembered for his active role in the community and his accompanying entrepreneurial spirit. John Alden "Kit" Kittleson, 79, died Feb. 3 in Bemidji. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church. Kittleson was born May 24, 1932, in Mayville, N.D. When he was 4 years old, his father relocated his dental practice to Bemidji.
BEMIDJI - Dick Beardsley was within a day or two of never waking up again. Fortunately, he got caught. After retiring from running, the man best known for finishing the 1982 Boston Marathon two seconds behind winner Alberto Salazar in a famous race, had a series of near-fatal accidents that left him addicted to pain medication. With each hospital stay, Beardsley was prescribed more pain medications.
BEMIDJI - It's no joke - ice could be off Lake Bemidji by April Fool's Day, if not before, according to state and local officials. If this occurs, Lake Bemidji will break its earliest ice out record, which was set on April 6, 2010. On average, ice has melted off the lake around April 26. Determining ice out on a lake varies among the individuals who keep track of it. Some determine ice out is when the lake is completely free of ice.
In what was dubbed an unprecedented meeting, Beltrami County and Bemidji School District leaders met Monday and cleared the air about the county's plans for land the school district leases from it. The issue was brought up during an informal meeting held between Beltrami County commissioners and members of the Bemidji School District's Board of Education. The district currently leases roughly 10 acres of a 40-acre parcel of county-owned land located directly west of the Bemidji Middle School campus for youth soccer programs.
As a high school student, Arnold Thomas was recognized as one of Nevada's elite football and basketball players. As schools began recruiting him, he was well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a professional athlete. But in the spring of his sophomore year, his father committed suicide and Thomas' life was thrown into a tail spin. Looking for ways to cope with his grief and sorry, he turned to alcohol and drugs. After Thomas turned 18, he stuck a hunting rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger. The gunshot wound severely damaged his face and left him completely blind.