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BEMIDJI -- Chelsea Brown stood beside her poster boards Thursday morning, happily conversing with college students as they approached her with questions about volunteer opportunities at Evergreen Youth and Family Services. Brown, a youth counselor with Evergreen, knows the process well. It was the annual student outreach fair at Oak Hills Christian College, the small college south of Bemidji that Brown herself graduated from in 2007. At her own student outreach fair, Brown signed up to work with four nonprofits as a volunteer. "It is great to come back," she said.
BEMIDJI -- State and local officials will join BSU administrators today at a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of Memorial Hall renovations. "One of the main messages (of the ceremony) ... is how much the university appreciates the support of the Legislature and Gov. (Mark) Dayton in including this project in the bonding bill," said Scott Faust, director of communications and marketing for BSU, "... and we appreciate the fact that the people of Bemidji, through Bemidji Day at the Capitol under the leadership of the Chamber, have really gotten behind this.
BEMIDJI -- A new addition for a new year. Passers-by this summer have been able to visually observe the growth at Voyageurs Expeditionary School as work has begun on a 4,000-square-foot addition to the public charter school, located on the north edge of Bemidji in the former Kobilka's building at 3724 Bemidji Ave.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji School Board is expected Monday to consider an agreement to list Deer Lake Elementary for sale. The agenda for the regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at district headquarters at 502 Minnesota Ave.
BEMIDJI -- Parents are being urged to look beyond the "back-to-school" aisles as they prepare to send children off for a new school year in a few weeks. New immunization rules have taken effect and some students may need to get additional shots before they are able to start class. "The biggest changes really are for the seventh-graders," said Emily Bakken, district nurse for Bemidji Area Schools. Seventh-graders are now required to be vaccinated against meningococcal, which can lead to meningitis.
BEMIDJI — Mary Mitchell purchased her home in March, an attractive two-story house positioned in the middle of a quarter-acre lot in Nymore. Mitchell, the manager of the local food...
BEMIDJI -- Planning for the fall referendum is moving ahead. The Bemidji School Board met in a work session Thursday evening to discuss referendum planning, specifically ways to cultivate a successful fall campaign by clearly communicating with the public. Bemidji Area Schools will ask voters in the Nov. 4 election to authorize funds to construct and operate a new school.
BEMIDJI -- Just as the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival has grown to attract thousands of participants and spectators, Phil Knutson believes the Blue Ox Marathon weekend has the potential of becoming as big a marquee event for the Bemidji community. "There's a big active community here, not just in Bemidji but regionally.
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.