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Students from Bemidji Middle School are showing the world their math skills. All eighth-grade students at BMS are participating in World Math Day, which in Bemidji, began at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday. During their math classes today, students will compete in one-minute math competitions online against students from different countries. "The kids absolutely love it," said BMS eighth-grade math teacher Mary Kobilka.
A group at Bemidji State University is shedding light on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus in a very visual way. Over the course of a year, 1,160 light bulbs will be replaced with more energy-efficient lighting in the most heavily used areas on campus, thanks to an initiative started by BSU's Students for the Environment Club. The change could save the university 65,557 watts of lighting, or $14,400 per year in energy costs.
The invention of artificial blood has yet to be discovered. There simply is no replacement for blood. So, in keeping up with high demand for blood reserves, the Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank has spent the last 50 years providing a healthy supply of blood for the North Country Regional Hospital. The MHBB is unique in that it keeps all useable blood donations in the community. It has done so since 1959, when it was organized by the Ralph Gracie American Legion Post. Romaine "Red" Wilson of Bemidji was second vice president when the blood bank was established.
When U.S. Sen. Al Franken toured Bemidji's J.W. Smith Elementary School on Friday, he was impressed when he saw third-graders reading to kindergarteners in the school auditorium.
It's an issue that has been raised almost every year - what should the Bemidji Schools calendar look like? The Bemidji Area School Board of Education met on Monday evening to discuss three options for the 2010-11 school year, with the biggest issue being whether to add a spring break. The school board voted 6-1 to approve the first reading of an option that includes 172 student days and 182 teacher days. The school year would start on Sept. 7 and end on June 9.
The number of students attending Oshki Manidoo, located at 1741 15th St. N.W., increased to 18 students in January. Bemidji School District will seek approval to add a half-time teacher licensed to teach secondary math and science at the school at its meeting at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 22, in the Bemidji High School Media Center. In other business, the School Board will recommend that it purchase three transit style buses and one special needs bus.
It's her first and last year at Bemidji State University, and student Corinne Milien, 23, is not leaving without at least 500 pounds of clothing. Milien, whose parents and extended family are from Haiti, is coordinating a community-wide fundraiser called Open Hearts for Haiti, which is asking for donations of clothing, sneakers, diapers, tents, toiletries and more. After she graduates from BSU in May, Milien plans to personally take all the items donated from Bemidji to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she plans to work with family and local charities there to distribute the donations to those i
"There's a brain in this bag," John Eggers told 10 students sitting in a classroom at Northwest Technical College. Side conversations fell silent and all eyes turned to Eggers as he reached into the plastic bag for the brain. One student gasped. Others sighed and giggled after finding out it was only a grapefruit, split in half. "This grapefruit is about the same size as a brain," Eggers said.
Teens in the Bemidji Area are invited to attend a communitywide "high school only" event on Friday, Feb. 19. The event, hosted by the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission and the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, features a dodge ball tournament, live music, and a Halo 3 and Guitar Hero tournament. "It's going to be huge. There's so much stuff going on," said BYAC advisor Joe Czapiewski. "I'm very hopeful that we'll see between 200-300 kids at this event.
Voyageurs Expeditionary High School is getting closer to relocating its school across town. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a Conditional Use Permit for the former Kobilka's Sporting Goods building at 3724 Bemidji Ave. N. to operate as a school. Voyageurs, a public charter school, currently houses students in grades 9-12. It has been at its current location at 102 First St.