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BEMIDJI -- The two candidates seeking to represent District 5A in the Minnesota House fielded a dozen questions from the media Monday evening during their first debate of the election season. Democratic incumbent John Persell and GOP challenger Phillip Nelson made their pitches to the electorate in an hourlong debate that was aired live on Lakeland Public Television. Persell is seeking his fourth term in the House.
BEMIDJI -- Dr. Richard Stennes, a local emergency room doctor, recently sat beside his friend and colleague, an ER doctor himself, the first to be elected president of the American Medical Association. "This was unthinkable back in '71," Stennes said. In those days, he explained, there was no emergency medicine specialty. ER doctors could have been dermatologists, pediatricians, whoever was available to fill the shift.
BEMIDJI -- Two community meetings have been scheduled to discuss the school referendum voters will decide on Election Day. The meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Bemidji High School and Oct. 28 in the boardroom at the Downtown Education Center, 502 Minnesota Ave. NW.
BEMIDJI -- A Facebook friendship has led to a marathon meetup. Three women who got to know one another through an online Facebook game are reconnecting in Bemidji this weekend for Blue Ox Marathon events. Wendi Woods, who lives in Ottawa, Canada, flew into Minneapolis on Thursday in advance of Saturday's half-marathon. Stacey Lundberg, of Bemidji, drove down to meet Woods at the airport and, after spending some time shopping in the Twin Cities, the pair planned to drive north to Bemidji today.
BEMIDJI -- Standing over his work, Bemidji High School student Brett Schussman demonstrated how he learned to assemble an air hose with a barbed fitting. "You hook this in here, put the hose in there, and slide it in there as far as you can get it," he said, pointing to several different parts at play.
BEMIDJI -- As Leslie Nease came to the moment when she was expected to bow before Buddha inside a 400-year-old Chinese temple, she turned and walked out. Nease was competing in 2007's "Survivor: China," the 15th season of a reality-TV series that places contestants in remote areas around the world.
BEMIDJI -- As Cass Lake-Bena High School was named among Minnesota's highest-performing schools on Wednesday, the announcement capped off a remarkable transformation. "I knew when I came in that this...
BEMIDJI -- The president-elect of the American Medical Association spent three days in Bemidji, visiting with local providers and discussing ways to improve America's health care system. "One of the physicians here, 66, said he's been practicing for 40 years, (and he) shared his frustration, that after loving this profession and still loving the profession after all those decades, that there was a time this year when he pulled up and didn't want to get out of the car because he had dread about going in to do what he's loved doing for so many decades, because there's so many regulatory burdens
BEMIDJI -- The local chapter of Disabled American Veterans welcomed a new brother for life on Wednesday, when a local resident presented an unsolicited $50,000 check to the DAV. "I just got to thinking, but for the grace of God go I, one zig, one zag and who knows," said Rick Kohler, who made the donation. "I just feel like times are tough. These people need the money more than me." The money is specifically earmarked for disabled veterans and their families, said Commander Robert Saddoris, adjutant of the DAC North Central Minnesota Chapter No.
BEMIDJI — While members of the Bemidji School Board unanimously agree a new school is needed in this community, they know that decision is now in voters’ hands. While it...