BEMIDJI - A local program for non-traditional students recently won two national honors. It's an unusual feat for a small YouthBuild USA program, said Tina Sweatt, the Bi-CAP YouthBuild director. She said the 2011 awards - for highest completion rate and highest certification rate - are a special acknowledgement to the hard work of her staff and students. The local YouthBuild is part of Bi-CAP - Bi-County Community Action Programs - whose goal, according to its website, is to eliminate poverty in Beltrami and Cass counties. "Every program is different," Sweatt said.
BEMIDJI - Writer, poet, photographer, bodybuilder, pilot, flight instructor - it seems there isn't a title Bemidji dentist Marsh Muirhead hasn't held. Last year, he added another title to his list - Great American Thinker - a title he hopes to hold onto for another year. Muirhead was recently named one of four finalists for the 20th annual amateur philosophy contest, "The Great American Think-Off," to be held June 9 in New York Mills.