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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.
BEMIDJI — After the Bemidji School Board spent more than two hours Monday discussing its visions and goals for future facilities, the district’s business manager broke the news: A voter...
Adam Fortunate Eagle is awaiting another film crew, expected to arrive later in the week. This particular group, coming from Frankfurt, Germany, to his Nevada home, wants to talk to him about the loss of the "shoe tree," a decades-old Cottonwood that was out in the middle of the Nevada desert, 50 miles from civilization, decorated with hundreds of pairs of shoes, his own wife's among them. "Four years ago, some jerk cut it down," he said. Thus is the life of Adam Fortunate Eagle, born Adam Nordwall in 1929 in Red Lake, often embroiled in a notable, perhaps even controversial, event. Take 1
BEMIDJI -- How does a shopping center compete in a growing online marketplace? "You bring people here," said Alan Retkinski, president of Lexington Realty International, the firm that manages Bemidji's Paul Bunyan Mall. "People want to shop here, they want to spend the day someplace. .. They want the opportunity to do something and this is the very situation we can provide." Lexington Realty came to Bemidji 18 months ago as the mall's new management firm.
BEMIDJI -- Education comes first. That was the key message from the Bemidji School Board’s work session Monday as it discussed assessments of the district’s recreational facilities. The meeting, which...