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BEMIDJI -- Spring Lake Park (Minn.) Schools already has been through the transition Bemidji Area Schools hopes to experience as it seeks voter approval this fall to build an intermediate school. "If you were to ask our fourth- and fifth-grade teachers -- which we have -- they would not want to go back to a K-5 school," said Jeff Ronneberg, superintendent of Spring Lake Park Schools.
BEMIDJI -- A mock barcode is tattooed on Luke Conger's left shoulder beneath the words "Bought with a price," inked in a scripted font below his neck. It's a reference to 1 Corinthians 6:20, which according to the New International Version of the Bible, states, "You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." It is a fitting verse for Conger, a former Bagley resident who is appearing this summer in an MTV reality show that follows virgins throughout their romantic encounters.
BEMIDJI — A new name and new direction are on the horizon for Northwest Technical College. The 45-year-old college today is submitting a “change of control” application to its accrediting...
BEMIDJI -- It is estimated 650 residents of Beltrami County have dementia. There are 5,837 people aged 65 or older in Beltrami County, according to 2012 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, and statistics indicate one in nine people in that age group have dementia.
BEMIDJI -- A jet gleams on the tarmac, representing the next step in business for Bemidji Aviation. The company, founded in 1947, was purchased by Larry Diffley and Mark Shough in 1970 with three employees and three planes. Diffley and Shough brought with them their own Cessna 150, bringing the total fleet at the time to four. That fleet now stands at 43, plus the new jet recently made available to its customers.
BEMIDJI -- Her trip did not start off as it was intended. In fact, it was nearly disastrous. But Angela Veronica Sathuri, a visiting pastor from Guntur, India, never felt insecure, even as she found herself days behind schedule, battling to get visas and passports approved, and ending up in the wrong city. "It was all because of God's grace," she said Tuesday afternoon, speaking from the Felicity and Perpetua House at Peoples Church, which has hosted her this week. "I am his child and he knows what has to be done. I believe very much that everything happens for our own good." The Rev.
BEMIDJI -- At the high school last year, 23 students were in danger of losing their extracurricular privileges due to academic probation. At the middle school, that number was 22. Of those 45, only four students ended up having to drop from their sport. The others found ways to successfully fulfill their academic requirements to continue on. "This is why we, as school districts, are in this business. It's about developing lifelong skills and life lessons," said John Pugleasa, a member of the Bemidji School Board.
BEMIDJI -- When it came time to find a storefront for their growing business, sisters Jenny Hendricks and Sandy Rasmus knew where they wanted to be. "We kind of looked around (town) but we wanted to be downtown," Hendricks said. "We love being down there ... the whole downtown community is really great." Their shop, Dixie's Weekend Boutique, opened in June at 309 Third St. NW, offering refinished furniture, home decor, children's gift items, and more, including Country Chic paint, a chalk- and mineral-based paint line. Their arrival is indicative of the growing interest in downtown.
About 700 students. That's the target for Bemidji Area Schools as it ponders options for serving additional students. The need for more space has been discussed for several years, prompting a 2011 voter referendum that, had it passed, would have funded the construction of a new elementary school. The School Board is now mulling similar options, most recently weighing whether it should craft a multi-tiered question to address three ongoing issues: a new school building to alleviate the elementary overcrowding; funds to replace the aging heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit at Bemid
BEMIDJI -- Adult Basic Education in Bemidji has a new home, a new provider and, soon, a new staff. Bemidji Area Schools opted this spring to discontinue its in-house ABE services, instead contracting with the Northwest Service Cooperative to administer the program, a change that took effect July 1. "We see ourselves as really a workforce entity," said Kirsten Fuglseth, the ABE coordinator for the Northwest Service Cooperative. "Our job is to get people into college or into work.