With the help of students from Bemidji State University, members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area are exploring the world of computer programming this fall. Since October, several BSU students majoring in computer science and computer information systems have been visiting the club on Thursdays to teach club members a software program called Alice. "They jumped into it," said BSU senior Shawn Rakowski, who is among the college students working with club members. Alice is a software program that teaches computer programming in a 3-D environment and can be used to create animation
World War II veteran Don Anderson said it's special to have served the United States. "It was a tough job being in the service, but it makes it all worthwhile to be appreciated," said Anderson, who served in the Army during the war. The Bemidji man joined many veterans and others for the 2008 Tribute to Veterans Tuesday at the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center, formerly the Bemidji Senior Center. Army Reserve Maj. Eric Ekstrom of the 372nd Engineer Brigade was the featured speaker.
Wreath by wreath, local Civil Air Patrol cadets will honor veterans next month at Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji. The Civil Air Patrol's Northland Composite Squadron will host Wreaths Across America. "This is our first year," said Capt. Robin Helgager, the squadron's deputy commander. On Dec. 13, the squadron will hold a recognition ceremony at the cemetery that will include the laying of seven ceremonial wreaths honoring the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Merchant Marines, Navy and prisoners of war.
When Christian Schmidt saw a grass fire get out of control on his grandfather's farm southwest of Cass Lake, he knew exactly what to do. Recalling what he learned in kindergarten, the 6-year-old boy helped his elderly aunt call 911. On Friday, Fire Chief Tim Reiplinger of the Cass Lake Volunteer Rural Fire Association honored the Horace May Elementary School second-grader by presenting him with a plaque at a school assembly. "Christian, you did a pretty good deed," Reiplinger told him at the assembly. He said the boy's 87-year-old aunt, Rosalie Mitchell, didn't exactly know how to call for
The Bemidji School Board voted 5-0 Friday to canvass the results of Tuesday's board election and operating levy referendum. Board member Steven Johnson was absent from the special meeting. Voters re-elected Ann Long Voelkner with 8,179 votes, Gene Dillon with 6,982 votes and John Pugleasa with 6,418 votes to four-year terms on the board. Voters also said "yes" with 13,103 votes to renew the Bemidji School District's current operating levy of $501 per pupil for five more years. The "no" votes totaled 5,239.
Flying in from New York City, Laurie Frink stepped onto the Bemidji State University campus this week hoping to inspire trumpet students. "I want them to be inspired to aspire," said Frink, a Pender, Neb., native who teaches professional brass players from around the world and has played trumpet around the world with several big bands. Frink is one of five guest trumpet artists lined up to teach BSU trumpet students this year while music professor Del Lyren is on sabbatical.
By a landslide, the Bemidji School District's operating levy referendum passed Tuesday. With all precincts reporting, the unofficial general election results show that 13,103 voters said "yes" to renew the district's current levy of $501 per pupil for five more years while 5,239 voters said "no" to the renewal. "These dollars will allow us to continue vital district priorities such as all-day, every-day kindergarten, replacement of high mileage school buses and efforts to maintain reasonable class sizes, especially at the primary grades," Superintendent Jim Hess said in a statement Wednesday
Voters re-elected three Bemidji School Board members Tuesday. With all precincts reporting, the unofficial general election results show that Ann Long Voelkner received 8,179 votes, Gene Dillon received 6,982 votes and John Pugleasa received 6,418 votes.
The votes for area school elections have been tallied. Area school districts holding school board and other elections Tuesday include Bagley, Blackduck, Cass Lake-Bena, Clearbrook-Gonvick, Kelliher, Laporte, Red Lake and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. The following is a list of the unofficial election results. Bagley Voters elected four people to the Bagley School Board. They are: -- Katherine "Kathy" Clark, 1,540 votes. -- Timothie M. Arneson, 1,318. -- Richard Olson, 1,221. -- Paul Neill, 1,196. Blackduck Voters elected three people to the Blackduck School Board.
The Bemidji School District's operating levy referendum garnered a large "yes" vote in Tuesday's general election. According to the Secretary of State's Web site, 13,103 voters said "yes" to extend the district's current operating levy of $501 per pupil for another five years, while 5,239 voters said "no." Dee Sweeney, chairwoman of the Keep Bemidji Proud Committee, which organized efforts to promote the referendum, said it's gratifying to see "such a resounding support" for Bemidji schools.