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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CASS LAKE - In a close race to determine the head of the Leech Lake Tribal Council, Carri Jones made history with her win over incumbent Arthur "Archie" LaRose in Tuesday's general election. In a close race for District 3 committeeman, LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III also defeated the incumbent, Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird. Jones was elected chairwoman by receiving 50.09 percent of the votes.
Area Girl Scouts are celebrating the Summer Olympics their way this summer. The Girl Scouts Olympic Summer Series kicked off Monday night with the opening ceremonies at Bemidji State University's Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center. The Opening Ceremonies included introducing any new girls to Girl Scouts, splitting into two "countries" and creating national costumes, songs and flags, a parade of nations and a silly Olympics including an obstacle course and javelin throw using swimming noodles. Clara Anderson, 9, said her favorite part was getting to dress her best friend up in a weird costume
BEMIDJI - After several months of meetings and community input, the preliminary master plans for the redesign of the Lake Bemidji waterfront parks were revealed Monday night. The meeting, held at the Public Works Facility, drew about 35 people. Project Manager Amanda Prosser of Brauer & Associates said the plans were a combination of comments and criticisms both she and George Watson, president of Brauer & Associates, had heard since the last public meeting held May 8. In the South Shore Park master plan, an eating space near the lake will be set up and the designated beach area will be cle
BEMIDJI - He missed the first two years of his daughter's life, so coming home from Iraq was a relief for Staff Sgt. Brent Steinmetz. Brent, 29, was deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2007, just two months after his daughter Mackenzie, now 6, was born and one month after he married his wife Tabitha, 30. "Being away from the family was not as hard as I think it should have been because we'd been married for a month, I'd had a child for only two months," Brent says.
BEMIDJI - It's a time of celebration and moving on. It's a milestone that everyone hopes to celebrate at some point in their lives - high school graduation. For three local students, it'll be the last time they set foot in their respective high schools before heading out into the world on very different paths. Zachary Hewitt will wrap up this step in his traditional education as he graduates from Bemidji High School and continues his schooling here in the Midwest. Kaija Roy, who was homeschooled for grades K-6, will graduate from TrekNorth Senior High School and head to the East Coast to c
BEMIDJI - A program aimed at providing area seventh-grade students with success coaches to help them reach their goals proved to do more than that in its inaugural year. Students First, an initiative started by Bemidji Leads!, wrapped up its first year Wednesday with a year-end recognition event at Bemidji Middle School. The recognition event honored the 90 seventh-graders from BMS and TrekNorth Junior High School who were selected to participate in the program and their success coaches, all of whom are members of the community. The program is the first of its kind anywhere in the country,
BEMIDJI - A Bemidji High School student has been named a National Merit college-sponsored scholarship winner. Zachary Hewitt, a senior at BHS, has received a National Merit scholarship sponsored by Iowa State University, where he plans on majoring in electrical engineering. Hewitt is one of 2,500 college-sponsored Merit scholarship winners across the nation announced Wednesday. "Every year we have two or three candidates in the running, but they typically don't make it to the finals like Zach did," BHS Principal Brian Stefanich said.
Four teachers were rehired at Monday's Bemidji School Board meeting, after their positions were terminated at the April 23 board meeting. After the specialist schedules were made for the 2012-13 school year, certain positions needed to be filled for the coming year, Bemidji Area Schools Human Resources Director Jordan Hickman said.
BEMIDJI - As a follow-up to the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying meeting held in April in Bemidji, the Bemidji School District's Board of Education will review the district's code of conduct and current anti-bullying actions. The board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.
BEMIDJI - A Bemidji family will take the next step to owning a home May 19 at a groundbreaking ceremony in their honor. Ashley Gibson, 27, and her children, 5-year-old Malik and 3-year-old Maliah, were chosen last November as Northwoods Habitat for Humanity's 39th homeowners. "When I found out, I was so excited," Gibson said. "I cried and was in disbelief. I was so shocked." For Gibson's home, the Northwoods Habitat for Humanity will be completing its first-ever Faith Build - a build in which volunteers from all types of religion come together to build the home.