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BEMIDJI -- The Student Senate at BSU took a vote Wednesday of no confidence in Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Wednesday's vote passed 15-0, with one abstention, according to a Wednesday evening email from the Senate's co-presidents. Following that vote, the Student Senate unanimously passed a Bill of Particulars, which echoes sentiments shared by a number of faculty and student associations throughout the MnSCU system. Faculty at all seven universities have passed votes of "no confidence" in Rosenstone's leadership.
BEMIDJI -- They might be fast, but they’re not that fast. The Bemidji School Board on Monday discussed a scheduling conflict that could prevent as many as a dozen senior...
BEMIDJI -- A member of the Bemidji School Board on Monday fought for more local bidding options on engineering aspects of the new elementary school planned for Bemidji’s fourth- and...
BEMIDJI -- A new class at Voyageurs Expeditionary School is offering students some new perspectives. Ten high school students signed up to take a new photography course under the instruction of Rebecca Kummet.
BEMIDJI -- Summer Crow was interested the moment she first heard of an emerging computer-programming club for girls. "I was intrigued instantly," said the seventh-grader, who attends Schoolcraft Learning Community. She wasn't alone. When Jennifer Theisen, a programmer/analyst at Bemidji State University, founded the northern Minnesota chapter of Girls Who Code earlier this year, she initially hoped that maybe 10 girls would be interested in joining. She now maintains a roster of around 50 girls in sixth through 12th grade. "They're soaking it up like a sponge," Theisen said.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji School Board is expected on Monday to approve the architectural contract for the new elementary school recently authorized by district voters. The contract, as proposed and presented in the agenda packet for Monday's regular school board meeting, would be with DLR Inc.
BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemidji will begin plowing calendar-parking streets beginning at 2 a.m. today. Those who park on streets posted with calendar parking should be aware of the activity and observe the times and areas posted. In addition, seasonal parking on 15th and 19th streets is also posted for parking. Questions should be directed to Public Works at 333-1850. Law enforcement has also been receiving complaints of vehicles blocking alleys and driveways, particularly in the area near BSU.
BEMIDJI -- Amid a cloud of controversy, BSU hosted on Friday a traveling exhibit showcasing MnSCU's Charting the Future initiative, which aims to heighten collaboration and innovation throughout its institutions. The initiative, championed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, is at the center of an ongoing dispute between faculties and chancellor. The BSU faculty is among five from state universities that have voted "no confidence" in Rosenstone's leadership.
BEMIDJI -- It's not just a job that's calling him away, it's the job. "If this job hadn't come about and we didn't have an opportunity to move someplace where it would be closer to grandchildren, and I had a reasonable expectation that I was moving into a job that at least was as good as this one, we wouldn't have done it," said Paul Ericsson, branch manager for the Bemidji Public Library.
BEMIDJI -- Interested members of the public are invited to attend a Kids Count Coffee on Monday to discuss data in the new 2014 Kids Count Data Book. The Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, Evergreen Youth & Family Services and Beltrami County Human Services will host the Kids Count Coffee from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in downtown Bemidji, 201 Third St. NW.