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BEMIDJI -- The local food shelf is at a critical juncture. "This is a really important moment in our history," said Jack Judkins, coordinator of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. "We are at a critical time right now." Due to seemingly ever-increasing demand, the food shelf has been able to keep serving more and more families since it relocated to a much larger, more efficient facility in 2012. But the need continues to rise, Judkins said.
BEMIDJI -- It's coming. Construction on Buffalo Wild Wings is expected to begin next week in preparation for an opening in early December. Milo and Gayle Holderbecker, owners/operators of Bemidji's Burger Kings, and their son Travis are the franchise owners preparing for the opening of the much-anticipated restaurant.
BEMIDJI -- Employees of four Japanese higher education institutions this week have been meeting with staff at Bemidji State University to exchange knowledge with one another. BSU hosted the Japanese guests -- all associate professors at their respective schools -- as they sought information from BSU staff on how American universities conduct their institutional research. Doug Olney, director of BSU's Office of Research and Effectiveness, said his office conducts research and data-compilation on topics such as student enrollment, graduation and the cost of academic programs.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji State University professor on Wednesday asked state legislators to consider the role of intercollegiate athletics in today's economy and society. Marty Wolf, a computer science professor at BSU, quoted a December article in this newspaper which reported that institutional support for BSU athletics -- funds directed to athletics from student tuition and state funding -- was expected to eclipse $3.8 million in 2012-13.
BEMIDJI -- Greater Bemidji is slated to soon decide whether to join a statewide effort that aims to provide a voice for rural Minnesota on economic development matters. Dave Hengel, executive director of Greater Bemidji (formerly known as the Joint Economic Development Commission), said Monday that his board will consider Sept. 20 whether to join the Greater Minnesota Economic Development Partnership.
BEMIDJI — As a taskforce was named to examine the rail corridor downtown, the Bemidji City Council authorized its members to look beyond city-owned properties to also consider neighboring properties...
BEMIDJI -- This year marks a new adventure for Voyageurs. Voyageurs Expeditionary School, a public charter school at 3724 Bemidji Ave. N., has ventured into younger territory, for the first time serving middle school students. The school, founded in 2003, now has programming available for students in grades 6-12. "I'm excited because all the middle schoolers seem very enthusiastic," said Julie Johnson-Willborg, director of Voyageurs.
BEMIDJI -- Now offering 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week cardiac care, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Heart & Vascular Center has physicians routinely providing emergent cardiac care. "Lives have been saved," said Dr. Jeffrey Watkins. Watkins is the hospital's first interventional cardiologist, hired in 2011 to expand upon the cardiac services long provided by Dr. Kris Anderson, a non-invasive cardiologist.
BEMIDJI -- There are no mirrors on "The Biggest Loser" ranch. Well, there is one, a small hygienic mirror for brushing teeth or applying makeup. But there are no full-length mirrors that allow contestants to view their changing physiques. O'Neal Hampton, who along with his daughter, SunShine, competed on the ninth season of NBC's reality show, said he was unable to gauge his physical improvements as he embarked on his weight-loss journey on the ranch.
BEMIDJI -- Out with the old, to make room for the new. A former rental house was torn down Wednesday to clear the lot for a future Habitat for Humanity home. The dilapidated house, located at 2609 Irvine Ave. NW, was the first to be demolished as part of a new initiative to provide housing for low- to moderate-income families. "It's been a lot of planning and negotiation over the last year to get to this point, the destruction phase," said Aaron Chirpich, development director for the Headwaters Regional Development Commission. "It feels pretty good."