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About 80 people attended a “thank you” dinner and gathering hosted by Bemidji Respect on Thursday night at St. Philip’s Catholic Church for community members and businesses who joined the group. Bemidji Respect formed in November to highlight Bemidji as an inclusive community after Mayor Rita Albrecht was contacted by residents who said their friends and family had experienced discriminatory harassment. So far, almost 150 businesses have joined along with 331 individuals.
BSU’s School of Technology, Art and Design and Department of Integrated Media hosted its first-ever Media, Art and Design (MAD) Day for high school students on Wednesday at BSU. MAD Day included workshops with demonstrations of laser etching, virtual reality technology, and introduction to video game design, designing a magazine and much more.
IF YOU GO: What: "Fight the Frost" Where: Sanford Center When: Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 Cost: Admission is $10 for children 6 years of age and older, $6 for children 5 years of age and younger, adults and children younger than 24 months are free. BEMIDJI — The "Fight the Frost" event will return to Bemidji this weekend at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI— Rabbit pate with apple broth and a pumpkin seed brittle cress, spaghetti squash with pea and corn shoots, a wild rice cracker with blueberry drizzle. That and more was on the menu Friday night at BSU's American Indian Resource Center's inaugural Fundraising Dinner for American Indian Student Success. Bebookwaagime-giizis Ashangeng, or "Feast of the Snow Crust Moon," was prepared by Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman, known as "The Sioux Chef," who prepared a three-course meal for 80 people who attended the dinner.
BEMIDJI -- Director Julie Kaiser is hoping to deliver a timeless message of benevolence with Bemidji Community Theater’s presentation of “The Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. starting Friday, Feb. 3 and continuing on Saturday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. There will be Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.
BEMIDJI—BSU Outdoor Program Center and Department of Campus Recreation hosted its first-ever "Beaver Freeze" Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday on Lake Bemidji. Event organizers said they were hoping to break even for the tournament; by early Saturday afternoon they were just about there. The tournament had 32 people of the approximately 75 participants pre-register for the event, which had a $25 entry fee, $20 for students and BSU alumni and $10 for children younger than 10. Anglers were competing for more than $1,000 in prizes.
BENA—Students at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School received an important message from Viktor the Viking on Wednesday. The official Minnesota Vikings mascot visited the school with his "Viktor's Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying" program. S.T.O.P. is an acronym for Stand up, Take action, Open up and Protect yourself. The program, led by a Minnesota Vikings cheerleader and Viktor, teaches students how to use S.T.O.P. with demonstrations and also about different types of bullying.
BEMIDJI—People of all ages and ability of play are welcome to join an open chess group that meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Sunday at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. "I noticed that there wasn't much for chess clubs or chess programs or anything like that in the area so I decided to take it upon myself to go ahead and create one, where people could come together and have the opportunity of playing chess in a very relaxed environment," Caleb Erickson said.
BEMIDJI -- About 40 people chose to start their 2017 outdoors at Lake Bemidji State Park on Sunday. The group slipped their boots into snowshoes and trekked along Rocky Point Trail as part of the “First Day Snowshoe,” hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The opening ceremony for the annual Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament was hosted at the Sanford Center on Friday morning. Sixteen teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota will take part in the peewee A/AA level tournament that was first held in 1988. Games began Friday and will continue today, taking place at the Bemidji Community Arena, Nymore Arena and Neilson Reise Arena.