More Minnesota children were uninsured in 2010 compared to three years ago, a new study shows. But an administrator for the Minnesota Department of Health questions the study's findings. Minnesota was the only state to see a statistically significant increase in the number of uninsured children in the past three years, according to Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families, which looked at new health insurance data from the U.S.
Longtime developer and entrepreneur John Zacher will be remembered for his efforts to make Bemidji a better place to live, according to former Bemidji mayor Doug Peterson. The body of Zacher, a 56-year-old businessman from Hackensack, was recovered Friday morning after the helicopter he was piloting crashed Thursday into Ten Mile Lake in Cass County. His wife, Vicki, 55, managed to swim to shore and was briefly hospitalized for hypothermia. "He was one of the finest developers I ever worked with," Peterson said, who added he was shocked and saddened when he heard the tragic news. Funeral s
Like a cherry on a sundae, 4- month-old Jana Donat slept soundly in her infant car seat propped on her mother's grocery cart, which was filled to the brim with Thanksgiving food. Jana's mother, Beth, had two Thanksgiving meals to make this year, one meal for her side of the family and one for her husband's side.
In observance of Thanksgiving, most businesses will be closed Thursday, but some stores and government services will resume operations Friday. - Banks and credit unions: Most are closed Thursday, but check with your bank to make sure. - Garbage/recycling: No residential garbage, yard waste or recycling will be picked up Thursday. Curbside service scheduled Thursday will occur Friday. - Government: City of Bemidji and Beltrami County offices are closed Thursday and Friday. - Paul Bunyan Transit: Not operating Thursday or Friday. - Bemidji Public Library: Closed Thursday.
Making sure students can get to and from school safely, especially in an area located near a busy highway and a popular city park, was a top concern among members of the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission. The JPC voted 8-1 on Tuesday to approve a Conditional Use Permit for Naylor Property Management to lease its building at 1430 Paul Bunyan Drive NW to TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School. The school is hoping to relocate in 2013. The Naylor property currently houses Naylor Brandsource Appliances & Electronics and Naylor Electrical Construction.
Two Bemidji natives are excited for the premiere of their new television show, "Bemidji Outdoors" which will soon air on Upstream TV, Bemidji's newest public access channel. Show creators Aaron Eickhorst, 20, and Jake Flaa, 19, said the 30-minute show will feature local hunting excursions, cultural activities and tours of local businesses. The show is set to air at 7 p.m. every other Thursday, but reruns will be shown frequently.
A new initiative recently called "innovative, ambitious and groundbreaking" is set to launch this spring that would make it possible for area students to reach their goals. The initiative is called Students First and involves numerous community organizations and leaders striving to help students create their own success plan and have access to a caring adult. Originating with "Bemidji Leads!" and facilitated by Beltrami Area Service Collaborative and Headwaters Regional Development Commission, the Students First initiative will embark in a trial phase this spring and will pair area seventh-g
The Bemidji School District's Board of Education will decide whether to approve the addition of three staff positions in its elementary schools. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov.
For Lynn Eaton, the fatal accident that occurred Monday at Horace May Elementary School hits close to home. "It's so emotional right now," the Northwest District transportation engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. "We have several members here in the District whose children go to school there. Our traffic engineer's daughter was in the teacher's aide class." Fladella "Mikky" McCullough, an 88-year-old teacher's aide at Horace May Elementary School, was preparing to leave the school's parking lot when she pulled in front of a southbound vehicle traveling on U.S.
Dubbed "a truly historic evening," area legislators met with officials Tuesday from Bemidji's four public school districts for what was intended to be a discussion on legislative issues. But much of the talk centered on the need for better cooperation between the four districts. "Tonight is our first of hopefully many opportunities we will have to discover more about each other, our schools and what this process can mean for all of us," said Schoolcraft Learning Community Director Scott Anderson. Anderson, along with Bemidji School District Superintendent James Hess, facilitated the discuss