At each level, the statewide results on Minnesota's new online science test show that fewer than half the fifth-graders, eighth-graders and high school students who took the test are proficient in the subject. The local results on the test reflect this statewide trend. The Minnesota Department of Education released results last week from the inaugural online science Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II.
Paddling around Lake of the Woods, a group of local youth found adventure and teamwork. Nine members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area between the ages of 12 and 18 traveled to the Northwest Angle of Minnesota for a canoe and camping trip with Laketrails. The program, co-founded by the Rev. Bill Mehrkens of the Bemidji area, offers 5-day and 6-day trips for teens and adults. Josh Kujava, teen services director at the club, said the trip was the first overnight outing offered by the club.
Incumbent Gene Dillon, incumbent John Pugleasa and Lisa Boulay filed affidavits of candidacy Tuesday for the Bemidji School Board. Filing opened Tuesday for the three seats on the board that are up for election this fall. The seats are currently held by Dillon, Pugleasa and Ann Long Voelkner. Filing will close Sept. 9.
Although still in progress, the design of the Bemidji Regional Events Center is getting close to completion, said Bill Merrill, vice president of sports and assembly with Leo A Daly. Merrill and other architects presented updated renderings of the events center's exterior design and floor plans Monday night to the Bemidji City Council at a work session. "The purpose of this session is to show you the progress we made since the last time we met," Merrill told the council. He said the biggest change in the events center exterior is the reduction of the height of the building's perimeter wall.
PUPOSKY -- Pitching bundles of grain onto horse-drawn wagons and later onto a machine to separate the oats from the straw, a gathering of locals of all ages spent Saturday afternoon threshing. The Go and Whoa Harness Club held the threshing day at Wendell and Bev Knutson's farm in Puposky. The club has held threshing days throughout the past several years. "We're just having a great time," said Wendell Knutson, after pitching some bundles of grain onto a conveyor belt on Arvid Sethre's threshing machine.
Touching on issues ranging from property taxes to buildings, candidates seeking the Beltrami County Board District 5 seat voiced their views Thursday night at a Bemidji City Hall forum. The six candidates running for the seat are Mary Auger, Ken Glidden, Kathryn Anne Lavelle, Jim Lucachick, Ron Otterstad and Audrey Thayer. A Sept.
The No. 2 pencils are down and the scores are in. Once again, Minnesota high school seniors on average scored higher on the ACTs than seniors nationwide. The scores released by ACT last week show that the average composite score of seniors who graduated this spring in Minnesota is 22.6 of 36 possible points on the college admission and placement test.
The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy has disciplined the former owner and pharmacist-in-charge of the former Market Pharmacy in Bemidji. The board issued a stipulation and order Thursday to Thomas Thompson following an investigation into practices at Market Pharmacy. Thompson, who sold the pharmacy this spring to Thrifty White Pharmacy, will voluntarily surrender his license to practice pharmacy in the state and pay a $10,000 civil penalty. In July, the board also reprimanded, fined and placed two pharmacists who worked at Market Pharmacy on probation as a result of the investigation.
Started by a group of Bemidji businessmen in 1962, the Bemidji Industrial Park continues to grow more than 45 years later with a 68-acre expansion. Several stakeholders and others gathered Tuesday morning at the industrial park to attend a groundbreaking for the estimated $2.57 million expansion. Construction of the project, which includes sanitary sewer, water mains and roadways, began Aug. 5. The Bemidji Development Corporation administers the industrial park, which is currently home to more than 40 businesses.
The Bemidji School Board will consider Monday night a resolution calling for an operating levy referendum this fall. Also, the board will consider a resolution calling for the election of three people to the board. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Bemidji High School Media Center. The election-related resolutions are among several items on the agenda. On Nov.