Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday: Resignations The board considered the noncertified staff resignations of custodian Karl Oestreich, food service worker Claudia Meissner, health paraprofessional Charlotte Mayer, secretary Priscilla "Sally" Steele and secretary Susan Ness. ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve. Test security policy The board considered the second reading of the school district testing plan and procedure. ACTION: The board voted unanimously to adopt the policy. Request for contract release The board considered a request by ph
The library paraprofessionals at the Bemidji School District's six elementary schools are on track to keeping their jobs for the next school year. The Bemidji School Board decided at a work session Tuesday night to direct administration to make several non-licensed staff reductions for the 2008-09 school year throughout the school district -- excluding the elementary library paraprofessionals. Chairwoman Ann Long Voelkner said the board decided to retain the elementary library paraprofessionals because accessing reading materials is increasingly important. The elementary school libraries ar
School lunch prices will cost 10 cents more at schools throughout the Bemidji School District beginning next fall. The Bemidji School Board voted unanimously Monday to approve the 10-cent increase in lunch prices at the elementary, middle and high school levels. School breakfast prices will remain the same, as recommended by staff members. Last summer, the board increased school breakfast and lunch prices for the 2007-08 school year by 15 cents throughout the school district. Marlene Webb, food service coordinator, noted in a memo that she did not anticipate at this time last year returnin
As the end of the school year nears, the Bemidji School District has several construction, repair and other projects planned for the summer. The Bemidji School Board will receive an update about the capital projects Monday. The board will also consider increasing school lunch prices, among other agenda items. The board will meet at 4 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. The meeting time is earlier than usual because of the Lumberjack Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for 6 p.m.
Although the hockey season is over, the action at Bemidji Community Arena will pick up this summer when construction begins to make the facility game ready. The Bemidji Youth Hockey Board recently authorized a construction budget of about $784,500 for the project at the arena, which is on the Bemidji High School campus. The project includes the construction of a 6,000-7,000-square-foot lobby addition with public restrooms and concession stands and the completion of the arena's locker room area.
As Minnesota's honorary governor and lieutenant governor for the day, Brian Ophus and Robert Fraik embraced their new responsibilities. "I have been getting a lot of phone calls, a lot of requests," Honorary Gov. Ophus joked Monday during Bemidji's Capital for a Day Ceremony. "We're running mates," Honorary Lt. Gov.
As Sandy Schmid saw her friend suffering with kidney failure, she felt called to help. In April, the Bemidji woman donated one of her kidneys to Scott Burgoon, a dialysis patient in the last stage of kidney failure at the time. "I care a great deal about him," Schmid said. Burgoon, who also lives in Bemidji, learned that he had kidney failure in 1999. "I went to donate blood and my blood pressure was 210 over 135," he said. After the high reading, Burgoon visited his Bemidji doctor, who recommended him to a nephrologist in St.
A Puposky woman is bringing Beltrami Country's history to life through her original musical, "Bend in the River." The opening performance of Cate Belleveau's musical is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Wild Rose Theater in the Masonic Building, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Admission is $5 to $10, depending on what people feel they can afford. No one will be refused at the door. People should use the building's side entrance. A second performance of the musical is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the pavilion at Diamond Point Park as part of Bemidji's Capital for a Day festivities.
When Alice Thompson studied nursing in the 1960s in North Dakota, her training included equipment maintenance techniques such as sharpening injection needles that were sterilized and reused. As nursing techniques have changed in the past 40-plus years, so has Northwest Technical College's practical nursing program.
The Bemidji School Board has agreed to ask voters one question in the upcoming operating levy referendum. At a special meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to ask voters Nov. 4 to renew the current operating levy of $501 per pupil for another five years. The board agreed in April to discuss potentially adding a second ballot question -- one that would likely ask for a higher levy amount.