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BEMIDJI—The Watermark Art Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to commence the construction of its new center, located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. "Today marks the beginning of a new era for the arts in our nine-county region," Board President Lorie Yourd said. "The future holds many exciting opportunities including four major galleries hosting different exhibits simultaneously."
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Middle School’s assistant principal was charged with two felonies Friday after allegedly posing as a 13-year-old boy on social media in order to have sexual conversations with minors. Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 34, was arraigned Friday afternoon after being charged with two counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child.
The Blackduck Area History and Art Center just keeps growing. The center has been in its current location, 133 Main St., Suite B, since it opened in 2006, but the space and its collection has widened over the years. The most recent expansion is almost complete at the history and art center and will add more space for a veterans display, the Tin Pan gALLErY, a music section and more.
BEMIDJI—They laugh together. They celebrate together. They mourn together. They bowl together. Bemidji Bowl's senior league has been coming together for decades, way before the bowling alley moved to its somewhat-new location along Laurel Drive, adjacent to U.S. Highway 71. Some have been bowling in the league since Pat and Steve Vosika took over the bowling alley more than 25 years ago. "A lot of them were in the evening leagues and they've transitioned to this," Pat said. "This is a little more laid back."
Darline Fineday-Schultz swings at Diamond Point Park with her family on Monday afternoon while waiting for her mother to be done with class at BSU.
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.