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Environmental stewardship at its finest For two days last week, Bemidji Middle School students dug through the garbage of their classmates to learn more about their refuse habits. The effort, known as a waste audit, helps gather data on how much and what kinds of waste the school generates.
Bike rack adds to the city's charm The artistic bike rack outside the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café serves a dual role. As a bike rack, it promotes an active lifestyle and provides a valuable service for those who choose to travel under their own power, or simply enjoy downtown without driving there. As a piece of art, it adds to the charm and character of a city that embraces and appreciates art. It is unique and functional. Next week, the Downtown Development Authority plans to have a dialogue with those who want it removed.
Illegal dumping is a disgrace Late last week, officials offered a public plea in helping solve illegal dumping along Beltrami County's roadways. The problem is apparently recurring and goes beyond the usual garbage littered in ditches, which is an eyesore. Instead, there have been numerous reports, including two last week, of adult diapers, catheters and other care products discarded in ditches north and west of Bemidji. The dumping goes beyond laziness and unsightliness. The used products, which at times has contained syringes, poses a safety issue to people and animals who might be usin
Time for cameras in courtrooms A pilot project in Minnesota's courtrooms aims to determine whether expanded photo and video coverage of state court proceedings should be more regularly allowed during hearings and trials. Currently, Minnesota's judicial rules permit cameras in district courts if the judge, prosecution and defense all agree.
Wolf meeting a good step Managing Minnesota's gray wolf population poses several issues, and a public meeting in Bemidji Saturday was a good step in figuring out a smart, thoughtful approach to a fall hunting season. With about 3,000 gray wolves in Minnesota, the state's Department of Natural Resources proposes allowing hunters and trappers to harvest 400 of the animals, recently removed from the endangered species list. The meeting, spearheaded by Sen.
A letter to the editor that was published on this page Wednesday was an example of our new age of digital communication that illustrates the polarization of poltical views in America.
More work needed to help children It may not come as a surprise that nearly 3 in 10 of Beltrami County's children live in high-poverty neighborhoods, but the reality stings the conscience. A report last week revealed the county's rate is higher than anywhere else in Minnesota. The consequences include children living without a stable home life and in hunger, which prevents them from an ideal quality of life which effects home and school life.
Policy leaves vendors with a choice A new policy at the Sanford Center shuts out vendors who aren't willing to share revenues from sales during events at the facility. The issue, expected to be discussed at an advisory board meeting today, has been the topic of heated discussion the past few weeks on social media sites. Some people have criticized the Sanford Center and threaten to boycott the 35th Bemidji Jaycees' Home, Sports and Travel Show due to the exclusion of local vendors who won't share revenues.
The Minnesota Legislature should adopt new regulations governing the use of body-gripping traps that are designed to kill raccoons, beavers, bobcats and other species. Under current regulations, a number of dogs have been killed in the past year by such traps.
Something must give to settle contract The Bemidji Education Association, the teachers' union, and the School District have met 11 times in an attempt to settle on a contract which expired last July. So far, public comments from leaders on both sides of the table have been polite, but something has to give. The union said they've accepted pay terms over the years that leave Bemidji teachers among the bottom tier of districts statewide. On the other hand, district negotiators want more instruction hours per day and want high-quality teachers.