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BEMIDJI -- Thousands of people throughout the world this week celebrated the arrival of Britain's new prince, including a couple of Brits now living in Bemidji. "I'm tremendously excited; I'm over the moon," said John Parsons of Bemidji, who in 2001 moved from Scotland to the United States "(The new baby is) third in line for the throne. This is significant." Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Monday welcomed their new son into the world, the newborn weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
BEMIDJI -- After hearing from consultants that the cost to clean up and create a south shore beach would approach $1.2 million, the City Council plans to seek funding partners. "I don't see the city standing alone in doing this all by ourselves," said Mayor Rita Albrecht. "I do think there is a public benefit that would meet the eligibility for the contamination. I would not want to suggest that we are going to pay for this without investigating or at least applying for contamination cleanup (grants) through the state and redevelopment grants through the state."
BEMIDJI — Increased collaboration, communication and convenience. Those are three anticipated improvements to local health care delivery following the completion of Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center...
BAGLEY -- As YourQfm approaches its 20th anniversary, the Christian radio station is planning to simultaneously celebrate its past and future. The station is throwing a party -- Higher Height to Shine the Light -- on July 27 in Bagley as it dedicates land for a new radio tower. The celebration then will culminate at Bagley High School with a Jason Gray concert. "It's all very exciting," said Phil Ehlke, who has served as the general manager for the station for the last 20 years.
BEMIDJI -- In eight years, the Bemidji School District has experienced a growth of more than 124 percent in the number of children enrolled in its Early Intervention Program. In the 2004-05 school year, there were 78 children enrolled. In 2012-13, there were 175. "With that, the complexity of the disabilities and the severity of the disabilities have also increased," said Stephanie Hubbard, special education director for Bemidji Area Schools, speaking generally. "We're not only talking about more students, we're talking about more severe (disabilities)."
BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference has returned. After taking a hiatus in 2008, the writers conference was resurrected this week as nearly 50 students and aspiring writers from across the country convened on the Bemidji State University campus to work with visiting faculty members. "There's a real tradition of the community writing conference," said Ron Carlson, this year's distinguished visiting writer. "It wakens people up to the importance of literature and also wakens them to the elements, the key elements of craft for their own work."
BEMIDJI - The Bemidji School Board will consider hiring an additional elementary school principal when it convenes Monday for its regular meeting. The School Board will convene at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at Bemidji High School. The meeting agenda includes consideration of an additional elementary principal position that would oversee Paul Bunyan Elementary and the district's Early Intervention program.
BEMIDJI - Welcome to Russia. Or, as Russians might say, добро пожаловать. Concordia Language Villages dedicated its Russian village -- Lesnoe Ozero -- Saturday afternoon as Yury Y. Melnik, second secretary for the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the U.S., delivered an address.
BENA - Pat Rooney stands along the shore of his harbor and looks across the water, noting all the areas susceptible to a zebra mussel infestation. "It's in the back of your mind," he said. "It's something you definitely have to look at." Rooney owns Denny's Resort on the south side of Lake Winnibigoshish, Minnesota's fourth-largest lake, a popular walleye-fishing destination.
BEMIDJI — Josh Martindale uses his hands to feel underneath a boat’s hull and trailer, carefully using his fingers to search for evidence of invasive species. "I’ve gotten mostly positive...