Kayla Prasek is a staff writer for Prairie Business magazine. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Contemporary Media & Journalism and Political Science programs and is originally from Watertown, S.D. She previously was the city reporter at the Watertown Public Opinion.
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NORTHERN TOWNSHIP - The people of Northern Township met with the Northern Town Board Monday night to discuss the long-standing Birchmont Drive dispute. In the meeting, held at Northern Town Hall, Chairman Mike Kelly said the township has two options in front regarding the Birchmont Drive sewer and water extension project now that accelerated annexation is out of the question. The project was initiated in February 2005.
BEMIDJI - Thirty-three Minnesota Native American students have spent the last two weeks learning about the medical field at Bemidji State University. INMED, a camp for Native American high school students interested in medical careers, gave the students a college-like experience on BSU's campus. The students spent their days taking biology, chemistry, math, English, medical terms and health savers classes from BSU professors.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Bemidji native has developed a website to help fellow gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people come out. The website, Great Minnesota Outing, was created by Jon Staff and is set to launch today at the Twin Cities Pride Festival. Staff, 24, graduated from Bemidji High School in 2006 and continued his education at Harvard College, earning a degree in government.
BEMIDJI - A robot fighting competition wrapped up a local summer camp Wednesday afternoon. The Robo Storm Summer Camp, held Tuesday and Wednesday at Northwest Technical College, provided 19 sixth- through eighth-grade campers the opportunity to build Lego robots and program them with Lego Mindstorm software. "They built the robots using their own design," Camp Coordinator Gwen Oster said.
NORTHERN TOWNSHIP - Bemidji Township continued to refuse to budge in the battle over annexation Tuesday night. The city of Bemidji, Northern Township and Bemidji Township met at Northern Town Hall to review an amendment to the orderly annexation agreement to give Northern Township accelerated annexation and to move the annexation lines on two parcels of land. "I'll put it in simple terms: Bemidji Township says no," John Steffenhagen, attorney with Hellmuth & Johnson, said. Accelerated annexation for Phase II was proposed due to the ongoing reassessment process of select parcels involved in
DULUTH - At 65, he decided to run in his first marathon. Richard Chernugal of Bemidji completed Grandma's Marathon Saturday in Duluth. Chernugal said he decided to run in a marathon to show people age isn't an excuse. "I did it kind of on a whim," Chernugal said. "I wanted to be an example to get people to do things and remind them they need to keep living until they die. I also kind of did it to be a little daring." Chernugal completed Grandma's Marathon in a time of 5:00:58. "I didn't have a great time, but I didn't get injured in training or during the race," Chernugal said.
BEMIDJI - The Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting Monday evening. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m.
BEMIDJI - Employees at a local grocery store recently helped the store earn a statewide award. Lueken's Village Foods was named a Star Tribune Top Workplace for 2012, which was announced today in the Star Tribune's Top Workplaces special section. It's the first time Lueken's has been named a Top Workplace, and Store Director Brent Sicard said it's a "tremendous honor" for the store. "We were obviously thrilled when we found out," Sicard said.
BEMIDJI -Lumberjack music made its way to Bemidji, home of Paul Bunyan, Saturday afternoon. Folk musician John Berquist of Rochester, entertained the crowd at Calvary Lutheran Church.
BEMIDJI - After more than a decade at Baker Park, the Bemidji Community Band will change concert locations this summer. The band will play its first concert of the season at 7 p.m. June 17 on the south side lawn of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University. The band was asked by Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, which owns Baker Park, to assume liability for the concert events, Chief Operating Officer Joy Johnson said. "We wanted them to assume responsibility and liability," Johnson said.