After securing a third place finish from their first competition of the season last weekend, the Bemidji High School dance team is ready and eager to showcase their trophy-winning routine this weekend. The 10th annual Bemidji Snow Angel Dance Team Competition will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the BHS Fieldhouse. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students. The varsity dance team, the Blue Angels, took third place in the Jazz/Funk category at their first competition in Hutchinson, Minn., last weekend.
Suspect, victim once were on same curling team
Fixing the economy and respecting the land is the message Soren Sorensen, who is from Bemidji, hoped to endorse Sunday as he arrived in Seattle to participate in the Occupy Seattle protests. Sorensen, 38, spent $300 on gas and $50 on handouts he gave to people on his stops along the way from Minnesota to the rainy city.
Looking out his east-facing office window at TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School, Dan McKeon can see students playing in the parking lot every day. "It works but it's far from ideal," he said of a half-basketball court and foursquare lines wedged in between rows of cars and a tree line separating the play area from a commercial parking lot. For the past two years TrekNorth officials have been working to find a new home for the school.
In an effort to increase safety, Bemidji State University and the city of Bemidji are working to improve lighting along a section of a popular trail. The Lake Bemidji West Shore Trail, which runs along Lake Bemidji from the Paul and Babe statues to Diamond Point Park, was completed in 2009 and has since been used extensively. But a trail improvement may be on the horizon. A 200-foot section of the trail behind BSU's Sattgast Hall gets dark quickly due to shade from buildings and trees.
A Country Inn & Suites hotel and an attached restaurant will be built next to the Sanford Center's Neilson Convention and Conference Center on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. Snyder & Associates, a development company headquartered in the Twin Cities, accepted a proposal this week by the Bemidji Economic Development Authority to construct the hotel and restaurant. Construction of the 120-room hotel and unnamed franchise restaurant is expected to begin next spring and completed within eight to 10 months, said R.S.
Polly Merhar believes her husband must hold some kind of record for the number of days he has spent roller skiing on pavement this year, the president of the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club said. Snowmobilers, snowshoers and area skiers are restlessly waiting for Mother Nature to deliver a thick blanket of snow on the area so they can play. The weather forecast for the rest of this week calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid-teens.
Fresh, local craft beer is what the founders of the up-and-coming Bemidji Brewing Company hope to bring to Bemidji and northern Minnesota. But starting a microbrewery comes with a hefty price tag and requires keeping a close eye on local and state regulations, which has caused the young entrepreneurs to be as creative as possible to make their dream a reality. Meet the brewers Tom Hill, Justin "Bud" Kaney and Tina Hanke are three friends on a mission to start a microbrewery in Bemidji. They have spent the last two years researching, planning and touring microbreweries across the United Sta
Last week could only be described as "abnormal" by Harry Cottrell, Northwest Technical College's dean of students. The college's admissions office received three times more applications than it did in the same week one year ago, thanks to Minnesota College Application Week. Bemidji State University saw an even bigger jump in applications.
A weak economy is the main reason the bond issue did not pass, a majority of Bemidji School District administrators answered in a recent survey. The school district's Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss why more than 67 percent of voters turned down a $13 million bond package to build a new elementary school, and also to decide on what steps to take next. Superintendent James Hess sent an informal survey to the six school board members and 18 school district administrators last month.