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A man who made a phony call to Bemidji police after he burglarizing a convenience store last summer appeared has pleaded guilty in the case. Shaun Allen Windom, 20, of Laporte, entered the plea Monday to felony third-degree burglary. His sentencing is set for March 12. According to court papers: Bemidji officers arrived around 4:50 a.m.
An all-yellow bouquet of flowers is expected to be delivered to a woman today - a hint from her husband she will get her yellow kitchen this year. This is one of roughly 500 Valentine's Day flower deliveries KD Floral and Gardens will handle today, said owner Raechel Schwarze, who also expects as many customers to walk into the store. The store's phone was ringing nonstop Monday with customers placing orders. "We order around 1,500 roses for Valentine's Day and by the end they are almost all gone," she said. With so many orders to fill, employees typically do not remember what messages are
Some school districts in the area are feeling relief that they no longer need to meet the 2014 goal of 100 percent proficiency. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Minnesota was among a list of states that are waived of the strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. For districts that receive Title I funding, dollars given based on the percentage of students who receive free- or reduced-priced meals, the waiver means they will be free of some of the consequences for not making Annual Yearly Progress. As part of the No Child Left Behind requirements, districts that did n
As of Feb. 20, Thrifty White Drug Store customers will have only one location available to them. Thrifty White, located at 225 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, will close its doors Feb. 19, but its location inside Marketplace Foods, 2000 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, will remain open with expanded store hours. The decision to close one of the stores came as the company's building lease was set to expire, said Dave Reuter, Thrifty White's executive vice president of personnel. "We looked at the market and reassessed if we could keep two stores operating within a mile of each other," he said.
John Wilder, a first-year student at Northwest Technical College, said his dream job is to build small, residential buildings that make good use of energy. The 31-year-old, Twin Cities native moved to Bemidji seven years ago as a professional carpenter, but decided to go back to school when work slowed. He decided to enroll at NTC to learn more about installing and fixing heating and plumbing systems, but has since become particularly interested in energy-efficient heat pump technology and solar thermal options. Wilder could not have picked a better time to explore this field, as NTC was re
Students at Bemidji Middle School were challenged Wednesday to take better care of others and to encourage acts of kindness. This was the message Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting tragedy on April 20, 1999, referred to in a school essay she wrote, said Dave Gamache, who brought the Rachel's Challenge program to the middle school. Rachel's Challenge, a program that combines video and audio footage of Rachel's life and the Columbine tragedy, is geared to motivate students to treat others with respect and kindness. The public is invited to attend the p
Teachers in the Bemidji School District fall behind other districts in the state in pay and health insurance benefits, according to Jason Koester, chairman of the Bemidji Education Association's settlement committee. He said with annual pay and benefits, teachers here are on the bottom tier of what teachers make on average at school districts in Brainerd, Alexandria, Moorhead, Grand Rapids, Willmar, Sauk Rapids and Winona. "We want to get back to the average (of the group of comparable school districts)," Koester said.
Bemidji High School's varsity dance team, the Blue Angels, competes today in the 4AAA sectional competition in Elk River. The competition begins with High Kick performances at 11:30 a.m. and Jazz Funk routines at 1:15 p.m. at Elk River High School. Teams from Blaine, Andover, Coon Rapids, Champlin Park, St. Cloud Tech, St. Francis, Moorhead, Anoka, Elk River, Brainerd and Duluth East will be competing. Head coach Amy Merschman said she is hoping the team will put on a superb performance at the sectional competition. "We're not going to worry about how we place," she said.
Teachers with the Bemidji Education Association and Bemidji School District officials are continuing to negotiate possible changes to the current and 2012-13 school year contracts. So far, teachers with the BEA have met with school district officials 11 times, including once this week. A mediator from the state's Bureau of Mediation Services will meet with both sides for a second time Feb. 15 in an effort to resolve issues so a tentative agreement can be reached. Every two years, Bemidji School District teachers have the opportunity to renegotiate the terms of their contract.
Animal hoarding is often misunderstood and can be difficult to treat, according to Jane Nathanson, a counselor and consultant for human-animal health and welfare in Boston. Nathanson, who provides counseling and court-ordered assessments for animal hoarders and their families, said animal hoarding represents itself in a variety of ways and is not defined as one person having many animals. Overwhelmed caregivers, people who feel the need to rescue animals, people who keep animals to serve their own needs and those who start breeding animals, but have difficulty maintaining proper care, are am