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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...
BEMIDJI -- The next “innovative frontier” for health is right at Bemidji’s doorstep, the CEO of Sanford Health said Monday. “Everyone in Bemidji and this whole surrounding region is going...
BEMIDJI -- The magnitude of her breast cancer diagnosis didn't completely hit Sarah Anderson until a few weeks later, when she missed her chance to get a photo of her kindergartner riding the school bus on the last day of school. Twelve months later, she got the shot, snapping a photo as her daughter rode the bus on her final day of first grade. "All of you have helped me get through and to get my moment back," Anderson said Tuesday afternoon, addressing a room full of Sanford Health employees.
BEMIDJI -- Looking out over Lake Bemidji is an eagle, perched atop a tree at the lakefront behind BSU. It perhaps would not be that unusual a sight, except this eagle is made of wood and sits on top of a 17-foot-tall portion of a white pine that was removed nearly a year ago as Chet Anderson Stadium was renovated. Eight sections of those white pines were saved by the university, said Erika Bailey-Johnson, sustainability coordinator for BSU.
BEMIDJI -- There is no single "cookie-cutter approach" to establishing a YMCA in a new community, said Chris Francis, president and CEO of the Duluth Area Family YMCA, in a Monday evening presentation at the Hampton Inn & Suites. "The YMCA exists in a community to meet the needs of that individual community," he said, addressing about 20 people gathered in one of the lakeside conference rooms.