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Two Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School students met with Minnesota lawmakers on Capitol Hill recently to discuss their school district's efforts to encourage students to make healthy lifestyle choices. Third-graders Deanah Johnson and Xavier Whalen traveled to Washington, D.C., in April to represent the Cass Lake-Bena School District at a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation event titled "Connect with Congress: Healthy Schools Program Leadership Training and Congressional Meetings." Traveling with the students on the April 20-23 trip were Cate Belleveau, Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School enrichment c
Students at Bemidji High School will start a new tradition tonight when they go out for "A Night on the Town." The BHS Junior-Senior Prom will be held entirely on the high school campus for the first time by holding the prom dance in the BHS gym. Grand March will be held prior to the dance in the high school auditorium as in past years. Principal Richard Anderson said the decision to hold the dance on campus was spurred by students in past years indicating a desire to hold it where they attend school.
Just as Brenda Roche was finishing her doctorate work in clinical psychology in Montana and applying for pre-doctorate internships, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. "It was kind of scary at that point because I really didn't know what to expect," said Brenda, who plans to join her family and friends Sunday for Walk MS in Bemidji. The Bemidji Walk MS will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bemidji State University's Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center.
Woods, trails and lakeshore set the scene for a recent outdoor environmental competition for high school students at Lake Bemidji State Park. The Area VIII Soil and Water Conservation District's Envirothon drew more than 150 high school students from the region to the park April 23. "It's kind of like an environmental sciences knowledge bowl," said Corryn Trask, Lake of the Woods SWCD resource technician and Area VIII Envirothon Committee member. At Envirothon, teams of four or five students visited five 25-minute learning stations presented by natural resources professionals who highlighte
Since the Paul Bunyan Playhouse opened in 1951, Edith Herington has enjoyed the opening nights of the professional summer stock theater. The playhouse will honor Herington, who has been a season ticket holder since the start of the playhouse, as its celebrity star patron Thursday at Stars in the Street, a block party to celebrate the playhouse's 2008 summer season. "I'm overwhelmed," said Herington, 93, of Bemidji.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday: Confirmation of resignations The board considered resignations from Emily Duffy-Hanrahan, high school American Sign Language and English teacher; Donna McAllister, social worker; Ranae Breyen, elementary education teacher at J.W. Smith Elementary School; Robert Johnson, middle school sixth-grade English teacher; Stephen Johnson, special education teacher at Central Elementary School; Andrew Staudt, high school industrial technology teacher; Stephen Modich, high school work experience teacher; Richard A.
A resolution agreement has been reached regarding a Bemidji Middle School teacher who was investigated after a November incident involving a knife in her classroom. The Bemidji School Board voted unanimously Monday night to approve the agreement regarding eighth-grade science teacher Denise Black. The Minnesota Department of Education found that maltreatment occurred on Black's part in the Nov.
The Bemidji School Board has agreed to make its second attempt in two years to pass an operating levy referendum. The number of questions on the ballot, however, remains open to discussion. On Monday night, the board voted 5-1 to hold a referendum asking voters to renew a five-year operating levy at the current $501 per-pupil rate. As part of Monday night's vote, the board agreed to continue discussion of potentially adding a second ballot question. Voting in opposition was board member Gene Dillon. "I think one question is plenty," he said.
After about a year of studying the German language and culture, three Voyageurs Expeditionary High School students took learning to the next level by traveling to Germany. World languages teacher Ann Skoe, who lived in Germany as a child, and junior Kendra Belcher, junior Heather Bird and senior Janae Kauppi traveled to Germany on Easter Sunday for a two-week trip.