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When she was 11, Daniela Maltais battled a fever. Five times, her family took her to the local clinic, but the tests were inconclusive. It wasn't until her kidneys shut down that they rushed her by ambulance to Fairview Children's in the Twin Cities. She arrived there about 7 p.m. By 9 p.m., she had slipped into a coma, where she would remain for more than a month. "One of the days, the doctors came to tell (my mom and aunt) to say goodbye to me, because they didn't think I would (survive) that day," Daniela said.
BEMIDJI -- The only regret Allison Langaas has about her time at Voyageurs Expeditionary is that it wasn't longer. "I wish I had been here my entire high school career," said Allison, who attended multiple high schools, including one that offered programming online, before she began attending Voyageurs as a junior. She graduates from the public charter school at 6 p.m. tonight in ceremonies held in Hagg-Sauer room 100 on the BSU campus. Nineteen seniors have earned their diplomas. "I'm very excited, but I'm nervous about it, too," Allison said.
BEMIDJI -- Sara Schomburg beamed as she toured what will soon be her new home. "When I was getting a (campus) tour, the people would just pass by and yell, 'Come to Dartmouth!,' and you could tell that the people there, they were just really happy, and if you're not happy, what's the point?" she said. Sara, who come fall will begin attending Dartmouth College, is among 22 seniors at TrekNorth High School who graduate at 6:30 p.m.
BEMIDJI -- Recommendations for changes at Northwest Technical College are a starting point for a longer-term examination into how best to reinvent the college. "The overall objective is to make sure that the resources of the college ... is put to the best possible use that they can be ...
Want to help? Lueken's Village Foods is holding RibFest on Saturday, an event through which the public can support the meat program now established at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, both Lueken's stores will be selling ribs, with potato salad, chips, a dinner roll and pop. A half-rack will be $6, a full rack $8.
BEMIDJI -- When the Bemidji School Board earlier this year approved the hiring of new specialists aimed at closing achievement gaps in student performance, board members knew that action would have an effect. On Monday, the effects were evident as Chris Leinen, director of business services, presented preliminary budget information for the 2014-15 school year, indicating that the district is facing a deficit of nearly $900,000. Leinen told the School Board it could opt to either cover the deficit from district's fund balance, or, as he recommended, take advantage of a new state option that w
BEMIDJI -- John Centko is returning to his alma mater. Centko, the outgoing provost and vice president for Northwest Technical College, on Monday said he has accepted a position at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. It is a bit of a homecoming for Centko, who graduated from NMU and in the past worked in several roles there, including facilities management. "I'd been keeping my eye on the college for sometime, watching for different positions to open," Centko told the Pioneer.
BEMIDJI -- Local students, and schools, are among those that will benefit from the state's $45 million investment into school-linked mental health services. The grants were announced last week as the Minnesota Department of Health awarded 36 mental-health agencies with five-year contracts to provide such services to students within their schools. "A lot of these kids don't have the schedules, or the means, to get to an outpatient clinic," said Wendy Thompson, executive director of the Bemidji Area Service Collaborative (BASC), which played an integral role in securing grants for the region.
BEMIDJI -- It's a happy homecoming for Alyshia Moe. Moe, a Bemidji native who went away last year for her first year of college, has returned home and is among those who will compete in the Minnesota Rodeo Association state finals, which takes place tonight and Saturday at the Sanford Center. "I'm excited," said Moe, who took part in the state finals here last year as well. "It will be a lot easier.
BEMIDJI -- Robert Griggs, who has filled several roles at BSU since he first came here in 2000, can now add another: interim dean of Northwest Technical College. Griggs, most recently the vice president for innovation and extended learning at both NTC and BSU, on Wednesday was announced as the interim dean of NTC, a position designed to help the college prepare for expected restructuring. "I'm very excited to be provided this opportunity to work with NTC faculty, staff and students," Griggs told the Pioneer on Wednesday afternoon from his new office. Griggs replaces John Centko, who served