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BEMIDJI- The Bemidji High School class of 2012 celebrated Saturday morning at the Sanford Center, walking across the stage to receive their diplomas, embracing change and anticipating the beautiful uncertainty to come. "Just like the toys (in Pixar's Toy Story) had the choice to stay in the attic together or venture off into the unknown world of daycare, we too are faced with a choice," BHS graduate Leah Larson said.
BEMIDJI- After reaching the state competition three years in a row, the TrekNorth Envirothon team has gotten over the hump to make it to the National Envirothon competition in Pennsylvania. "Oh my gosh, we were in shock when they announced that we had won," TrekNorth Envirothon Coach Jennifer Roy said. "It was really a surprise but we are very excited to go and represent our state." The team was one of 27 schools to compete in the state competition, which TrekNorth won while competing with two alternates that joined the team weeks before the competition. Each team consists of five members.
BEMIDJI - The League of Minnesota Cities has wrapped up its conversations with 12 Minnesota cities, and one common theme has risen: City services are important to all citizens, and they need to be funded. The LMC started its "Cities, Services, and Funding: Broader Thinking, Better Solutions" initiative because the current system of funding city services is no longer sustainable. "We cannot simply raise taxes nor simply cut our way out of the problem," LMC public affairs manager Donald Reeder said at the Bemidji summary session Tuesday evening at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI - Three Northwood area schools were designated as top performers under the new state accountability system, according to results released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Education. TrekNorth, Schoolcraft Learning Community and Kelliher High School were all identified as a "Reward School," putting them in the top 15 percent statewide based on a percentage determined by the Multiple Measurements Rating. The state Department of Education is using the MMR system because it received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law. The initial ratings are based on the
BEMIDJI - While the school year is winding down, final exams are being taken and lockers are being cleaned out, TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School students can pat themselves on the back for the more than 2,000 volunteer hours they gave to the Bemidji Community. "The students are absolutely fantastic," said Sandi Malterud, manager of Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition and Senior Dining at the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center.
BEMIDJI- Following the theme "In memory of many, in honor of all," The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the Bemidji Police Department and the State Highway Patrol honored the death of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2011. According to the preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, there were 173 officers killed in the line of duty in 2011, up from 153 in 2010, including two Minnesota Police Officers; Officer Shawn Schneider of the Lake City Police Department and Officer Mike Pollitz. Schneider was one of 68 officers who died from a firearm, wh
BEMIDJI - With today's digital age, having a computer is becoming as essential as a kitchen sink, but the cost for the technology is high and some people are unable to afford their own. To help with this problem, the United Way of Bemidji Area partnered with PCs for People, a nonprofit organization that collects and refurbishes used computers for seniors and low income individuals. Bemidji was one of 10 Minnesota communities to participate in the mobile refurbishing project, which is funded by the Blandin Foundation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. With the help of the United
BEMIDJI -- The Headwaters Science Center's new executive director has plenty of ideas to help the center continue to grow. The HSC chose Susan Joy, a science enthusiast who has a passion for science centers, to lead the center. "I think she will bring lots of enthusiasm and new ideas," former Executive Director Laddie Elwell said. "I believe that she will be an excellent leader, and I know it was a great choice." Joy found the job through a posting on the Association of Science Technology Centers website.
BEMIDJI - Beltrami County is entering the fourth year of a five-year agreement promoting continued maintenance and research at the Enbridge crude oil spill site north of Solway. Beltrami County entered into the collaborative agreement in 2008 with the U.S.
BEMIDJI- The weather was gorgeous for Saturday's walleye opener; perfect for fishing, not so perfect for catching walleye. "The weather was too damn nice," Kelley Manson said at the Northwoods Public Water Access on Lake Bemidji. "The lake was like glass last night. There was just no chop. Manson, from Anoka, comes to Lake Bemidji every year for the fishing opener.