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The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are always a time for reflection — on the year past, on work, on family and friends and those things we hold dear —...
BEMIDJI — A task force has been formed to imagine a “new future” for Northwest Technical College in Bemidji. Dr. Richard Hanson, president of Bemidji State University and NTC, convened...
BEMIDJI — As South African leader Nelson Mandela laid in a hospital this past summer, local resident Lara Gerhardson reflected on the time she heard him speak in person. "It was pretty awesome," said Gerhardson, now the coordinator of the Students First program in Bemidji schools. Gerhardson, a 1997 Bemidji High School graduate, was in her sophomore year at Harvard University when Mandela was to be conferred with an honorary degree from the school.
BEMIDJI — Althea's Cakery in downtown Bemidji is closing and relocating to Fosston, Minn. The bakery's last day at 108 Fourth St. NW will be Nov. 20 before it reopens...
The board of Greater Bemidji is expected to vote soon on whether to join a new statewide group that says it will provide an outlet for rural Minnesotans when it comes to economic development issues. The Greater Minnesota Economic Development Partnership was formed this summer, ironically at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities conference in Bemidji. The group aims to bring together cities, businesses and nonprofit organizations to better advocate for jobs and investment in greater Minnesota.
BEMIDJI -- More than 1,200 entries came in to the name-the-team contest for Bemidji's new Indoor Football League franchise. That's a record for an IFL name contest, said Chris Kokalis, president and co-owner of the new Bemidji Axemen. "Axemen" had the most entries, a total of about 20, but that wasn't the sole reason the name was chosen. "It was a tough decision," he said. So, what names didn't make the cut? Before unveiling the Axemen name and colors, Kokalis listed off some nicknames that didn't pass the sniff test, some for obvious reasons.
BEMIDJI -- Referencing the old "it takes a village" adage, Mayor Rita Albrecht quipped Wednesday that "it takes a village to raise up a hotel." Albrecht was speaking at groundbreaking ceremonies for a Country Inn & Suites, which will be connected to the Sanford Center on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. After more than 18 months of negotiations and a final land sale, construction on the 121-unit hotel, which will also feature a Cowboy Jacks restaurant, started last week.
BEMIDJI -- Two severe thunderstorms moved through the region Thursday, prompting warnings and at least one tornado sighting farther east. The Bemidji area saw two downpours Thursday, one at about 9 a.m. and the other at about 4 p.m. Rainfall totals for the Bemidji area early Thursday were at 0.15 inches, but was expected to increase to about 0.25 inches after the afternoon deluge.