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BEMIDJI - The Bemidji area may be better known for its abundance of lakes than for the 86 different species of butterflies that are said to fly in the area, but for "Madam Butterfly," a butterfly enthusiast, her goal is prove all the species are here. Allison Barta, 55, a writer of knitting books, a cake decorator and an aspiring science teacher, began the butterfly hunt last June after she and her boyfriend went on a walk and saw some Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies. After noticing how detailed the yellow and black wings appeared on her camera, she decided to search for the 86 differ
ECKLES TOWNSHIP- A fire here Thursday afternoon caused an estimated $120,000 in damages to a house and its contents. The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the fire on the 4000 block of Eckles Road Northwest after it was reported by a passing motorist at 2:17 p.m. The fire spread from the attic to the exterior of the home, according to a fire department press release. The cause is under investigation, but the fire department said it was likely accidental. Twenty 20 firefighters, two engines and three tankers were able to extinguish the fire quickly.
BEMIDJI - Two Bemidji high schools have been recognized as Silver Medal High Schools for efforts in preparing students for college. According to the U.S.
BEMIDJI - The controversial downtown bike rack will not be placed in front of the Cabin Coffeehouse and Cafe, but new locations are being proposed to create a friendlier downtown for cyclists. "We want to create a new win-win situation for a new master bike plan for the downtown and to have a bike-friendly downtown," Downtown Development Authority member Mitch Rautio said Wednesday morning at the authority's meeting.
BEMIDJI- Nearly 40 volunteers from the area picked up their racks, paintbrushes, and shovels Saturday morning to help prepare the Lake Bemidji State Park for summer. "We got a lot of the same people out here every year." Park Manager Pete Harrison said. "They really enjoy it (and) they look forward to the projects they like doing." Saturday's projects were in celebration of the 13th Annual Green Touch Day, a statewide partnership with Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and State Parks.
BEMIDJI- Nearly 950 graduates walked across the state at the Sanford Center Friday afternoon, catching one dream and moving on to the next. "Everyone who is successful must have dreamed something," said Trustee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Alfredo Oliveiva, quoting from an Indian proverb. Bemidji State University's 2012 graduating class received their diplomas, and despite the gloomy weather, did so with bright smiles across their faces. Former BSU President James Benson gave the commencement address to students, congratulating the students and advising them to keep on g
BEMIDJI- Sen. Al Franken visited Bemidji State University Thursday afternoon to congratulate the school for making the Princeton Review's Green Colleges and talk about energy conservation and college affordability. "We know what's happening with our climate and there are people who actively deny it for one reason or another," Franken said to students at the Hobson Memorial Union Thursday.
BEMIDJI -- More than $1.5 million has been invested into restoring Camp Rabideau, making it accessible and usable by students the way it was used as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in 1935. The Blackduck community has some concern over how the camp will be used. "The comments that we have gotten from the public have been a variety," Blackduck District Ranger Greg Morris said Tuesday at the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners' work session prior to its regular meeting.
BEMIDJI -- After just a few months as the executive director of Greater Bemidji (formerly known as the Joint Economic Development Commission), Dave Hengel has made a lot of changes in hopes of bringing businesses into Bemidji and the region. Hengel addressed the Beltrami County Board at its regular meeting Tuesday. "I like the direction, but there is no proof like proof," Beltrami County Commissioner Jim Lucachick told Hengel.
BEMIDJI- If you drove along Paul Bunyan Drive Saturday morning you may have seen a group of guys walking in high heels.