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The search for the next president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College has begun. Two consultants from Witt/Kieffer, a search firm hired by the presidential Search Advisory Committee to gather input, met with city leaders, business owners, community members and local groups Monday to gather input. BSU-NTC President Jon Quistgaard announced in October that he plans to retire this summer, after spending nine years as president of the university and seven years at the college. The goal of the input sessions was for to gather public input about what qualifications, backgr
Garrett Meyers has never seen the ocean. So, he decided to bring the ocean to his home in Bemidji, the city furthest from it. Inside his home sit a 125-gallon, a 10-gallon and a 30-gallon saltwater aquarium. These small-scale oceans keep Meyers' interest consumed in keeping his sea life sustainable within the glass walls. Meyers' fascination with marine aquariums started with a visit to a pet shop in Grand Forks, N.D., 10 years ago.
Foreseeing little chance of increases in state aid funding for K-12 education, the Bemidji School District's Board of Education is turning to federal funding opportunities. An informal consensus was made by the school board at a work session Wednesday night to submit an application to the state for federal Race To The Top funding. The Race to the Top program is part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Bemidji Education Association's Negotiation's Council and Executive Board have approved a tentative agreement with the Bemidji School District. According to a press release issued by BEA President Paul Goodwin and BEA Lead Negotiator Ami Aalgaard, the BEA's general membership will meet today to discuss the agreement and will vote on the tentative agreement Tuesday, Jan.
Bemidji School District armed state legislators with ammunition on issues such as referendums and transportation as legislators go back in session on Feb. 4. Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, and Sen.
Schoolcraft Learning Community recently received a $189,750 grant for the purchase of new computers and digital equipment. The two-year grant, titled "Using Digital Tools to Teach Environmental Literacy Across Disciplines," will be used to purchase two mobile computer labs, 10 digital cameras, one video camera, one iPod learning lab with 20 mobile devices, 10 global positioning system units, five digital microscopes and two digital probes. According to SLC principal Scott Anderson, the competitive grant was given by the Department of Education through the American Reinvestment and Recovery A
Bemidji School District's board of education approved a proposal Dec.
Since it first opened on Dec. 23, general manager Adrian "Ady" Omen says the new Red Lake Casino is up and running smoothly. The new $21 million Seven Clans Casino, Hotel and Event Center, located along state Highway 89 near the south boundary of the Red Lake Nation, is completely booked for the New Year's holiday, Omen said. "Things have been going great," he said. "The hotel has been at 80 percent occupancy." Most guests are from the Red Lake and Bemidji Area.
Bemidji Area Schools' board of education approved a 1.9 percent increase in the levy on Dec. 21. The preliminary levy limitation was set in September and needed to be finalized in December. Increasing local property values and no increases in state aid prompted the board's approval of the increase. For the 2009-10 fiscal year, the District operated on a $57,098,466 revenue budget.
After months of negotiations between the Bemidji Area Schools and the Bemidji Education Association, the school board approved a tentative agreement on Monday to ratify the contract. But the two sides are seemingly nowhere near reaching an agreement. In a recent e-mail sent to its members, BEA President Paul Goodwin stated "Rest assured, there is no agreement between us (and the District)." The tentative agreement gives teachers a 0.2 percent increase over 2008-09, a 0.3 percent for 2010-11 and no salary lane advancements for the 2010-11 school term.