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BEMIDJI -- If standardized tests are designed to help improve education, perhaps the results of those tests should be provided to administrators in a more timely fashion, members of the Bemidji School Board suggested Monday evening. "How do we improve instruction with data that we get in August for classes that start (in) September?" said John Pugleasa, School Board member. The School Board set its preferences for legislative issues for the coming year, and the desire to reduce the amount of mandated testing -- and obtain those results more quickly -- made the top three state-level prioritie
BEMIDJI — A Shriner is often recognized by his fez, the maroon felt hat atop his head. But it’s what the fez stands for that is of utmost importance, said...
BEMIDJI -- While Minnesota has not had a confirmed case of Enterovirus D68, the respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children in other parts of the Midwest, a local pediatrician advises the public to take appropriate steps for prevention. "Thorough hand-washing is the key thing for this virus, at least 20 seconds of handwashing with antiseptic solution," said Dr. Giridhar Guntreddi, a pediatrician with Sanford Bagley Clinic and Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
BEMIDJI -- A local school is being honored this weekend for its commitment to preventing bullying and teaching positive relational skills. Schoolcraft Learning Community, a K-8 public charter school located at Concordia Language Villages, will be awarded with the Commitment to Excellence Award from PeaceMaker Minnesota, a statewide organization that focuses on school-based, violence-prevention efforts. Schoolcraft representatives will be honored with the award at Target Field before Sunday's Minnesota Twins game against the Los Angeles Angels. "It's been huge," said Schoolcraft director Sco
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...