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BEMIDJI -- Sometimes, things just click. Holly Nelson was in the middle of casting for "The Wizard of Oz," this year's fall musical at Bemidji High School, when she found the perfect Toto -- at the Beltrami Humane Society. "They said, 'We just had a Cairn Terrier turned in,' which is the same type of terrier that Toto was in the movie," Nelson said. "It wasn't even out of quarantine yet. She was a puppy so she's going to be not quite 11 months for the show.
BEMIDJI -- The Splat Witch is back. Last year, BSU introduced the Bemidji community to the Splat Witch, unfortunate witches who, probably due to distracted flying, meet their demise in tragic, yet often comedic, circumstances. Evidence of their deaths are visible in displays set up throughout campus. This year, there are 10 Splat Witch displays located throughout BSU: • "Delores Umbridge," located under the Hagg-Sauer sign on the courtyard side of Hagg-Sauer. • "Julia Chills," in Deputy Hall 105, the Center for Extended Learning. • "Brew-Hilda -- Don't Drink and Fly," located at a tree o
BEMIDJI -- Jim Hess, speaking in what may be his last public appeal before next week's election, boiled the referendum down to one point Tuesday evening: Bemidji Area Schools has run out of elementary classroom space and that is hurting students' education. "Every student deserves to have adequate space to learn, every teacher deserves to have adequate space in which to teach, and right now we're not able to fully implement our curriculum because of space issues," said Hess, superintendent of the district.
BEMIDJI -- Production crews with "Nick News," the longest-running kids' news show in TV history, recently spent time filming and interviewing students at TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School in Bemidji. "Nick News" sought out TrekNorth in the spring as a potential candidate for a segment titled "Old School, New School," and was eventually chosen for inclusion. "Nick News" is produced by Lucky Duck Productions and airs on Nickelodeon. The segment will air in December and highlight three progressive schools in the nation with the others being located Colorado and California.
BEMIDJI -- It can be the difference between a lumpectomy or mastectomy. For one patient, it meant not only removing one breast, but two -- and also removing her ovaries and fallopian tubes at the same time. The role genetics plays in cancer -- and one's overall health -- is continually becoming more defined, and Sanford Bemidji now has a professional on staff to help guide patients through the details of their genetic makeup. "I want to be thought of as the community genetic counselor, I want to be there for whoever needs help with genetics," said Jennifer Leonhard, who in June joined Sanf
BEMIDJI -- What's wrong with moving eighth-graders into Bemidji High School? This was one of the questions asked of Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Jim Hess Wednesday night during a public...
BEMIDJI -- A group of Northern Elementary third-graders huddled around their lunch trays, comparing the fresh foods they'd chosen to accompany their spaghetti. Avery Anderson and Mason Graves agreed the strawberries were their favorite. "I like my salad," said Andre Maruska. "Yeah, they always have salad and they always have carrots," said Diane Olson. But in addition to the mainstay salad and carrots, a variety of other fresh fruits and vegetables also are offered each day. On Tuesday, other choices included strawberries, melon, bell peppers and tomatoes.
BEMIDJI -- Amy Grant wasn't sure she'd ever make another studio album. But then she signed with a new record company. It was a "catalog deal," so she was expected to release collections of her established hits, mixing in a new song or two. "Creativity is a funny thing, you can't really force it," Grant told the Pioneer by phone last week. "You have to have a certain amount of wind in your sails." As she went through her old material, Grant reconnected with her past. "I just got my creative juices flowing," she said.
BEMIDJI -- Several regional businesses will take part in the Statewide Tour of Manufacturing next week as businesses open their doors to showcase modern manufacturing and products made in Minnesota, including snowmobiles, airplane parts, military technology, baseball bats, wooden toys and medical devices. Manufacturing is the backbone of Minnesota's economy.
BEMIDJI -- After 15 years, the BSU Homecoming parade is returning to downtown Bemidji. "We wanted to bring the community, campus and alumni closer together," said Rob Bollinger, executive director of university advancement with the BSU Foundation. After Homecoming last fall, the university convened a committee to generate ideas to increase community involvement -- to go beyond alumni excitement -- for Homecoming, events. The idea of bringing back the parade came pretty quickly, Bollinger said. There now are more than 60 entrants registered for the parade, which will begin at 10 a.m.