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A letter from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sent to the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board prevented approval Wednesday night of an amendment to the Planned Unit Development of the south shore redevelopment. The letter, sent to planning administrator Mel Milender, written by Daniel Thul, area hydrologist for the DNR, stated that the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission's recommendation to allow certain amendments to the PUD is inconsistent with the current shoreland ordinance and previous agreements between the city of Bemidji and the state. The proposed amen
Crazy hats, dress-up days, M&M counting, collecting books, raising money for charities and give-a-ways - all ways schools are promoting "Celebrate Kindness Week." Officially, Kindness Week is Feb. 8-12, but area schools have found ways to embrace this year's Kindness Week campaign throughout the school year. Warren Larson, community benefit and public policy coordinator for MeritCare-Bemidji, has been the coordinator of Kindness Week for 17 years.
Once a month, a handful of students from Horace May Elementary School are asked to eat breakfast with Principal William "Bill" Burwell, and it's not because they're in trouble. They are "Horace May Kindness Kids" - students who are nominated by their peers for demonstrating acts of kindness in school. Each month, the nominated students each receive a miniature cereal box, featuring a grinning Burwell holding a spoonful of Special K cereal.
"I don't get it. Will you help me?" Math homework can be challenging for kids and sometimes even more so for parents, who may not have taken a math class in years. On Feb.
An evening of watching the best of Bemidji's dance teams perform may be just the cure for cabin fever this winter. Bemidji High School will host the Blue Angels' Dance Show 2010 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at the BHS Main Gym. Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for students; and children 5 years old and under are admitted free. The dance event marks the end of the BHS Blue Angels' competitive dance season. On Jan.
Floor mats have gotten thicker; the vault is no longer a "horse;" the bars have widened apart and gymnasts have gotten a little taller. Gymnastics has certainly changed, but through it all, Don "Pappy" Papreck hasn't lost his passion for helping gymnasts become better athletes. Coaching and participating in gymnastics are what he spent most of his life doing. Papreck teaches level 5 classes and above at the Gym Bin, located on the south side of Bemidji.
Mary Allen of Bemidji owns it. The Bemidji Gymnastics Club fills it. The Bemidji School District rents it. Businesses sponsor it. The public attends it. The gymnasts love it. For 23 years, the Gym Bin, a for-profit organization located at 928 Washington Ave. S.
Voyageurs Expeditionary High School is one step closer to moving across town. The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that a Conditional Use Permit be approved for the school. The CUP would allow Voyageurs to utilize the former Kobilka's Sporting Goods building, 3724 Bemidji Ave. N., as a school. With its recommendation, the JPC listed several improvements that would need to be made to the property before the school's new occupancy is finalized. Voyageurs, a public charter school, currently houses a total of 65 students in grades 9-12.
The Bemidji School District dodged a bullet in delayed state aid this time, but other schools aren't as lucky. The Minnesota Management and Budget Department told schools Tuesday that the state will delay payments to them this spring because of a cash shortage. The delay will apply only to school districts with an operating fund balance as of June 30, 2009, exceeding $700 times the number of its students. Bemidji and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Districts were among a handful of districts with small budget reserves that won't be affected by the delay in state aid. Fosston, Blackduck, K
On Tuesdays, a Paul Bunyan Transit bus will be waiting outside Lincoln Elementary School in Bemidji to take youth to the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. The weekly one-way bus trip, which started Jan. 12, is funded through a grant received last year from the Drug Free Coalition of Northwest Minnesota. The ride is free for youth and leaves Lincoln Elementary, located at 1617 Fifth Street N.E., at around 3 p.m. "It leaves right after school," said Karl Mork, program director. "Instead of jumping on their home bus, kids can jump on our bus instead.