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BEMIDJI -- A new chicken-wings restaurant is coming to Bemidji. Hurricane Grill & Wings is planned to open at 100 Paul Bunyan Drive SW, the site of the former south Burger King, according to a California-based public relations firm. This marks the second chicken-wings restaurant to be announced for Bemidji in the past four months, following the April news from Milo Holderbecker that a Buffalo Wild Wings would open at 225 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, the site of the former standalone Thrifty White Drug.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji School Board welcomed a new elementary principal to the district Monday evening as it also reconnected with a former teacher now hired as the new assistant principal at Bemidji High School. Jason Lutsik, a native of Mahnomen who most recently was an elementary principal in the Staples-Motley School District, has been hired as the Lincoln Elementary principal. Ranae Seykora, who from 1998 to 2009 taught in the Bemidji School District, also serving as a diving coach, has returned to the district, now as an assistant principal at Bemidji High School.
BEMIDJI -- Bullying is an epidemic that continues growing and mutating, now skewing younger, becoming meaner and spreading electronically, an anti-bullying advocate said Thursday while visiting Bemidji. "The virus grows in an environment of indifference," said Rick Phillips, executive director and founder of Community Matters, a California-based nonprofit that developed the Safe Schools Ambassador program. "If we have bystanderism as a native value, this virus will only continue to grow.
BEMIDJI -- It took 9-year-old Denali Dean 22 seconds to dribble a soccer ball around eight poles, pass it twice to himself and then power it through a small goal. "It's going pretty good so far," said Denali, who typically plays forward, upon finishing the drill. Dozens of local soccer players like Denali spent a few hours Wednesday at Concordia Language Villages, participating in the first-ever local Bayern München soccer challenge.
BEMIDJI -- The school district is expecting a decrease of nearly $600,000 in its local property tax levy for 2014-15, thanks to changes enacted last session by the state Legislature. The Bemidji school board on Monday will be asked to formalize actions that should result in decrease in the local property-tax levy by $591,715, according to Chris Leinen, director of business services. The Legislature made two major changes in referendum formulas and their approval processes, which will result in the local tax-levy savings by providing additional state aid.
BEMIDJI -- Extracurriculars can help keep students in school and also provide an incentive for stronger academic performance, activity directors told the Bemidji school board in a Monday evening work session. "We want kids participating, we want them finding an activity through which they can meet some new friends, and find them a group to hang out with that hopefully keeps them out of trouble," said Brandon Bjerkness, activities director at Bemidji Middle School.
BEMIDJI -- It would be like learning baseball from the Yankees. Youth soccer players are invited this week to further develop their skills alongside players from Germany's Bayern München team, which won the 2013 European Cup. "The kids who are passionate about the sport in the first place, they're thrilled anytime for things like this (clinics)," said Rick Toward, coach of the boys soccer team at Bemidji High School, "but when you start throwing names around like Bayern München, that type of thing, it's huge. They're very excited."
BEMIDJI -- The school board will hear an update Monday on extracurricular activities in the district. The Bemidji school board will convene at 5:30 p.m. Monday for a work session in the board room at the District Office, which now is located at 502 Minnesota Ave. NW. Other agenda topics include discussion of school finance, an update on electronic board packets and a closed discussion on negotiation strategies.
BEMIDJI -- Twenty high-school swimmers braved cold waters, brisk temperatures and windy conditions as they swam 6.7 miles across Lake Bemidji Friday morning. "It was really cold," said senior Danielle Hoven upon finishing. The Swim for a Cause, starting at the Bemidji Town & Country Club and finishing outside of the Green Mill, raised money for the BHS swim teams and Forward Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to families with children experiencing life-threatening health crises.
BEMIDJI -- On Wednesday morning, children huddled around tables at the Headwaters Science Center, examining plates full of red goo. "We're playing with magma," said Isaac Christmann, who soon will begin sixth grade in the Kindred Public School District in North Dakota. "We're playing with magma now, but we'll get to see how the plates act on the magma" to simulate how earthquakes develop, said Addie Dauner, who will start fifth grade in the Schoolcraft Learning Community.