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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.
BEMIDJI -- While their classmates may be soaking up the last remaining weeks of summer, five TrekNorth students have been preparing for a weeklong science test. The TrekNorth Envirothon team this week is in Bozeman, Mont., competing in the national Envirothon competition, joining 53 other teams -- 46 teams from U.S. states and eight from Canadian provinces -- on the Montana State University campus. TrekNorth, competing in its second consecutive nationals, won the right to represent Minnesota in May after winning the statewide competition at St. John's University.
BEMIDJI -- Paul and Babe have been named the Best Roadside Attraction in Minnesota by WCCO-TV. The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce was notified of the recognition Wednesday. Matt Brickman, a WCCO-TV reporter, presented the Chamber with an award Friday as film crews taped footage to air during the 10 p.m. newscast Thursday night and again at 8 a.m. Saturday. "It's cool that we're being recognized," said Lori Paris, president of the Chamber.
BEMIDJI -- Nine teams tonight will compete for the inaugural Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup in the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. "We're excited to participate," said Cathy Hedstrom, a team captain of Padders You Can Count On, AmeriPride Service's team. "We're just looking forward to doing the best we can." "We were all for it," said dragon-boater Justin Cox, owner of Elite Performance & Fitness, which this year formed its first-ever team, Oar We There Yet? "We thought it might be a great chance to get some more practice sessions in before Saturday."
BEMIDJI -- Establishing a community cancer center is one of the next major for Sanford Bemidji, said two of the local health care system's newest leaders this week. Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, colloquially known as Sanford Bemidji, today welcomes a new leader to its helm. Dan Olson, most recently the chief operations officer for Sanford Bemidji Clinics, this morning became the new president and CEO of Sanford Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- He'd remember you, year after year. George Welte, the official photographer for the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, would track down repeat participants and their families or friends, offering to take a photograph to document that year's experience. "George always made a point to go to different groups, different people, and say, 'Hey, let me get your photo,'" recalled Kristi Bissonette, co-chair of this year's festival. "He made people smile."
BEMIDJI -- The attorney for Bemidji Township maintained Friday that the mediation agreement previously approved by the township and the city of Bemidji will remain in effect. The statement comes despite Northern Township's vote this week against allowing Bemidji Township to exit two other agreements. "The (mediation) agreement absolutely is going forward," said John Steffenhagen, representing Bemidji Township.
RED LAKE -- With an eagle soaring overhead, the Red Lake Nation on Thursday celebrated the groundbreaking of its new government center and tribal college. "Here in Red Lake we pride ourselves on our history, our culture, and most importantly, our land," said Floyd Jourdain Jr., tribal chairman. "It's really a good feeling to walk up here and see our brotherly eagle, our inspiration, circling around here today. That's always a good sign for the Anishinaabe people."
BAGLEY -- This weekend may mark the first time the high school here hosts a concert featuring a national recording artist. Jason Gray, a contemporary Christian recording artist whose song "Nothing Is Wasted," earned him his first No. 1 single in May, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Bagley High School.
BEMIDJI -- A new camp at Bemidji State University aims to spread the Ojibwe language throughout a younger generation. "Something I read recently was 'a Frenchman is still a Frenchman even if he lives in China because he speaks French,'" said Vincent Staples-Graves, an American Indian Studies student at Bemidji State University who is serving as a camp counselor. "Really that's how I feel about language and the culture. The Ojibwe (are) living in America but as long as you still speak Ojibwe, you're Ojibwe."