Gov. Tim Pawlenty shared the story of a Bemidji State University graduate in his State of the State address Thursday. Pawlenty said it's time the state's "colleges and universities move more aggressively to deliver online courses," and he shared Gina Drellack's story. The Bagley woman graduated one year ago from BSU after completing its online K-8 education program, DLiTE. Pawlenty heard Drellack speak about her online learning experience Nov.
Jason Lee King, 18, of Redby, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court to one count of felony kidnapping and two counts of felony second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 9. At about 9:36 p.m. Oct.
A 48-year-old Red Lake man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to using a machete in an assault and to multiple burglary charges. Robin Greg Kelly Sr. pleaded guilty to two counts of felony first-degree burglary and one count of felony assault with a dangerous weapon. Kelly entered his plea Thursday in St. Paul before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle. Kelly was indicted April 8. According to Kelly's plea agreement, he admitted that on Dec. 22, 2007, he entered the residence of his estranged wife and assaulted her, a press release from U.S. Attorney Frank J. Magill states.
David Michael Hare, 24, of Bagley, was arraigned Friday in Mahnomen County District Court on charges of first-degree assault, according to a press release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 5. Hare was arrested after Daniel Paul Loftus, 29, of Bagley, was stabbed this week in Mahnomen County.
Whether investigating wintry road conditions in the early morning hours or helping a student find the correct bus, Greg Liedl has been responding to the transportation needs of the Bemidji School District and beyond for 10 years. The Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation has recognized Liedl, the Bemidji School District's transportation coordinator, as its 2008 Transportation Administrator of the Year.
Mary Hahn has always wanted to go to school to become a nurse. This week, the 54-year-old Bemidji woman will get her chance. Hahn is one of many former Ainsworth employees starting classes this week at Northwest Technical College. Ainsworth closed its Bemidji oriented-strand board plant for an indefinite period in October and extended the closure in December.
The 2009 Brrrrmidji Polar Daze are just around the corner. Melissa Hoover of the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce said Polar Daze is a week of events celebrating the culture of winter fun. "Why not embrace winter since we have it?" noted Hoover, special events coordinator for the Chamber, which is facilitating Polar Daze. Bemidji's annual winter celebration will feature a blend of indoor and outdoor events. Polar Daze will begin Saturday morning with the 5K Polar Challenge Run/Walk, which will start and finish at First Lutheran Church. Several other Polar Daze events are also scheduled Sa
Terrell Lee Wilson arrived as a new student last fall at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in Bena. He was a senior. The 17-year-old Ball Club boy died Sunday at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., after he was stabbed in the eye at the intersection of Itasca County Road 39 and Ball Club Lake Drive in Ball Club. Jeff Lindstrom, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School superintendent, said Wilson was a member of the school family so the school is grieving his loss along with his family and friends. He said the school will transport students by bus to and from Wilson's funeral if they wish to attend.
One seat remains empty in Eileen Spilman's first-grade classroom at Central Elementary School. Six-year-old Hope Elizabeth (Hasson) Johnson suffered a severed spinal cord and fractures in her left leg and face in a car crash Jan. 6 in Nebraska. She is recovering at Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colo. "Her classmates miss her," Spilman said Monday. Hope and her grandmother, Marilyn Sickler, were on their way back to Minnesota Jan.
Healthy Community Healthy Kids has dissolved. The Bemidji nonprofit organization that focused on primary prevention dissolved effective Dec. 31 due to lack of funding. Beth DeKrey, a member of the HCHK board of directors and the organization's management team, said the board's priority is to continue the services HCHK offered by finding new homes for its programs. At the time it dissolved, HCHK included the Suicide Prevention Program, Kinship North and the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission.