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Former Minnesota North Stars hockey player Bill Butters is coming to Bemidji. Once known for playing "outside the rules," the retired professional hockey player is now a chaplain for Hockey Ministries International. He comes to Bemidji to share his life story and his journey to faith at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Bemidji State University Gymnasium. The event is free and sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. "We have such a great hockey community. Hockey is real important in this area," said Jeff Tesch, BSU's head football coach and advisor of BSU's FCA group.
The time for state-mandated testing started Tuesday for Bemidji Area Schools. "There's a lot of testing going on," Bemidji School District director of curriculum Kathy Palm said. "We've got grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 and11 all testing." This week, tenth-graders are taking a reading test required to receive a diploma. 11th-graders are testing in math, also required for graduation. Ninth-graders are next in line, soon to be taking a one-day writing test.
Understanding successful partnerships, such as the one between Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, is why Betsy Vogel-Boze thinks she should be the next president of BSU and NTC. She has spent the last 20 years working at institutions that are partnered, merged, aligned, co-located and just about everything in between, Vogel-Boze said. "That was my first attraction," she said.
In order to steer higher education in the right direction one should assume the role of a captain who must maneuver a 1,000-foot ore boat in and out of the Duluth-Superior Harbor, according to Linda Krug. "The captain knows there is no room for error," Klug said, who has been at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 24 years.
Teams wanting to participate in the 2010 Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 5-7 have until the early registration deadline of Monday, April 19, to save $100. The full price is $750 per team. The last official day for teams to sign up is Monday, July 12.
Families and caregivers of young children will have an opportunity to participate in more than 30 free hands-on activities Saturday morning. The Bemidji Area Early Childhood Initiative will host its fifth annual Tiny Tots Expo 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10, at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, 1600 Minnesota Ave.
Don't look back. No chances. Don't settle. Win. As an American Indian growing up in Oklahoma, Chance Rush, unable to read by eighth grade, was tired of being pushed through the school system. But his luck changed when his natural athletic ability got noticed by members of the high school track team. He ran, and people noticed. He gained confidence and taught himself to read. After beating several long-distance high school records, Rush went on to compete in collegiate athletics and earned a bachelor's degree. Rush wrote four statements to live by, as listed above.
Several employee groups with the Bemidji School District will see a raise in their paychecks for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years. Contracts with food service workers, secretarial-clerical and paraprofessionals, bus drivers and principal bargaining groups were approved by the school board on Wednesday morning. The school board also approved conditions of employment changes for the school district's administration, as well as confidential administrative support staff and bus technicians. Changes to the conditions of employment for certain employee groups include: - An increase in wage o
Adjacent to the main parking lot of the Bemidji Middle School, nature abounds. In a few weeks, blackbirds will return to the cattails, beavers will eagerly forage for aspen clustered throughout the wetland and an osprey pair may choose to set up residence on the nesting platform. Students in the Student Nature Area Project know this area well - the club has been helping to manage it for five years. Uniquely situated on the school's 80 acres is a jack pine forest, wetlands and even a small arboretum of native trees.
Adriane Simula thinks it surreal that her first-grade daughter, Madeline, sits in the same spot as she did when she was a student at Heartland Christian Academy. "It brings back lots of memories of Heartland," Simula said. Heartland Christian Academy, located at 9914 Heartland Circle N.W. in Bemidji, turns 30 this August.