The American Red Cross in Bemidji has a new home. The North Star Chapter of the American Red Cross is now renting a building at 610 South Railroad St. S.E.
Facing a budget cut, Leech Lake Tribal College is reducing the hours of some full-time employees and may postpone construction and other projects. The Leech Lake Tribal Council notified the college in mid-October that it reduced its funding to the college by $500,000. As a result, the funding for the college is cut to $231,000. "It's really unfortunate," said Leah Carpenter, the college's president. The college has a general fund budget of $2.6 million for the current year, according to a news release from the college.
A single mom at the time with two boys, Gina Drellack turned to Bemidji State University's online elementary education program to advance her career. "Quite frankly, online education has been the vehicle that has ... transformed my life," Drellack said Thursday at BSU. During visits to BSU and other Minnesota campuses Thursday, Gov.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Susan Heegaard, director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, will stop at Bemidji State University Thursday as part of a one-day tour of Minnesota campuses to announce an online learning initiative. They will make the announcement at 2:45 p.m. at BSU's American Indian Resource Center.
Bemidji State University took a step toward shrinking its carbon footprint this week.
With more local control and the reformation or abolishment of No Child Left Behind topping its list, the Bemidji School Board is building a platform for the 2009 legislative session. On Monday night, the board began developing a list of action items for the Bemidji School District to promote at the state and federal levels. "This will be the basis for our legislative platform," Superintendent Jim Hess said.
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to two fires - including one that destroyed a trailer home - reported within 15 minutes of each other Sunday afternoon. At 2:56 p.m., the fire department received a call reporting a trailer home fire on the 5800 block of Cardinal Road. The department then received a call at 3:09 p.m. reporting a garage fire on the 1200 block of Miles Avenue Southwest. Career firefighter Mitch Howe said no injuries were reported in either fire. Howe said four people were in the house attached to the garage on Miles Avenue Southwest at the time of the garage fire.
The Bemidji School Board will review on Monday the Adequate Yearly Progress improvement plan that the Bemidji School District submitted to the state in October. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. The improvement plan is one of several topics on the agenda.
Touring academic institutions and health care facilities in Bemidji, five Russian health care professionals are getting a first-hand look at nursing education in the United States. The delegation is visiting Bemidji this week through the Open World Program that was created by the U.S. Congress in 2000. "We have four physicians and one senior nurse here from three different communities in Russia," said Alice Thompson, host city coordinator.
A Bemidji State University professor emeritus of biology who inspired the name for the Harold T. Peters Aquatics Laboratory on campus died Monday in Plymouth, Minn. Harold T. Peters, 99, most recently lived in Plymouth. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Cornerstone Assisted Living Center in Plymouth. After serving with the U.S. Army in World War II, Peters took a six-month temporary job in 1946 at Bemidji State Teachers College, now BSU.