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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."
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)."