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A petition to commit Carol Schmidt, who had more than 100 dogs removed from her property near Bemidji last week, said the 63-year-old woman should be committed for mental illness, in part because of animal neglect nine years ago. The petition filed Tuesday states Schmidt "exhibits the recognized and chronic behavior disorder of 'animal hoarding'...
Insurance benefits, annual salary and the number of days in the school year are some of what remains unsettled between the Bemidji Education Association and Bemidji School District. Every two years Bemidji School District teachers have the opportunity to renegotiate the terms of their contract.
Suzanne Thomas knows the importance Buena Vista Logging Days plays in keeping traditions alive. The daughter of the late Earle Dickinson, one of the founders of Buena Vista Logging Days, recalled a quote her father used to say. "He used to say, 'Remember the past while enjoying the present,'" she said. "That's exactly what we do during Logging Days." The 29th annual Logging Days Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb.
In an elevator descending from first floor to the basement of the Beltrami County Judicial Center, a security camera attached to the ceiling records Mike Frees as he prepares to check on the basement tunnels leading from the courthouse to the Beltrami County Jail. Using different key cards to open various doors, the court security deputy team leader for the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office then made his rounds in the building, from bottom to top, pointing out the hardly noticeable but technologically advanced security features in the courtrooms, as well as the metal detector and surveillance
A woman who had 107 dogs and two cats in homes on her rural Bemidji property is undergoing a mandatory health screening, and a county prosecutor said Friday that he is reviewing health ordinances for possible criminal violations. Carol Schmidt, who is being held for 72 hours at a local residential facility, said she feels betrayed after the animals were taken, some of them forcibly, from two mobile homes. The dogs were taken from Schmidt and Janice Brown, who lives in a separate mobile home on Schmidt's property, on Thursday after Beltrami County sheriff's deputies were called for a welfare
Most of the dogs will go, seven will stay and a few could be returned home once they've been neutered or spayed and her house is cleaned.
Demand for environmental and construction programs at Northwest Technical College are on the rise, Jim Clark, the interim dean of academics said, but the college is running out of room to house them. Since Christmas, the college has been leasing the former Bemidji Honda Motor Sports building located at 808 Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast, for its construction electricity, residential plumbing/HVAC, sustainable environment technologies and wind energy classes. Despite having already completed some renovations inside the building, the college still needs to have a conditional use permit in order t
This is the first year since Kathy Palm started as director of curriculum for the Bemidji School District that the number of students who qualify to receive free or reduced-price school meals has not increased from the previous year. At a school board meeting Monday, Palm told the Board of Education that when she first came to Bemidji, the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-priced meals was just below 40 percent.
Slightly fewer Bemidji School District students this year are receiving school meals for free or at a reduced-price compared to last year, according to a report by the Minnesota Department of Education. Kathy Palm, the Bemidji School District's director of curriculum, will give school board members an overview of the 2011-12 free- and reduced-priced meal counts at the Board of Education's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bemidji High School Media Center. Four elementary schools in Bemidji - Central, J.W.
Students at Paul Bunyan Elementary School received a visit from a legendary character they've heard about all year long. Paul Bunyan, played by former Bemidji State University basketball coach Karl Salscheider, was thrown a birthday party Friday afternoon by pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and their teachers. This was the first time in nearly a decade the larger-than-life woodsman made an appearance at the school.