In a parade of teams, Pee Wee A hockey players skated onto the ice Saturday morning in Bemidji to mark the start of the 2007 Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament. The three-day tournament includes 16 teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. In other years, the tournament has drawn teams from as far away as Russia, Texas and Colorado. "This is Bemidji's premier tournament," said Kris Christopher, tournament chairwoman. "All 16 teams over the course of the weekend are guaranteed five games each." Admission to games is free.
At 14, Garret Schwinghammer is preparing for college. The Bemidji boy, who recently scored a 24 on his ACTs, plans to enroll this spring in an independent study program offered through Northwestern College in St.
The Bemidji School District will levy 5.17 percent more in 2008 than it did this year. On Friday morning, the Bemidji School Board voted unanimously to certify the 2008 levy at $8.62 million, which is a $423,989 increase over this year's levy. In September, the board set the maximum levy amount for 2008 at $8.62 million. "After that, maximum levy amount changes can be made, but you cannot levy more than that amount," said Chris Leinen, director of business services. At the school district's Truth in Taxation hearing Dec.
Teachers in the Bemidji School District will receive a 2.8 percent salary increase for the current school year and a 2 percent salary increase for the following school year. On Friday morning, the Bemidji School Board voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement with the Bemidji Education Association for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years. The BEA membership approved the settlement agreement Wednesday. "We thought it went well," BEA President Mary Kobilka said of the negotiations process. The BEA and the school district began negotiations last summer.
After a steady decline, Minnesota's suicide rate is on the rise again -- and Beltrami County is not immune. A state Department of Health study released this fall shows that Beltrami County, from 1990 to 2005, had the second-highest suicide rate overall in Minnesota and the highest suicide rate for people between the ages of 5 and 34. On Wednesday, the Health Department's Jon Roesler reviewed state and Beltrami County data from the study during a meeting of the Headwaters Alliance for Suicide Prevention in Bemidji.
As LeeAnn Messer read aloud from the book "The Powwow" Tuesday in Bemidji, members of a state advisory task force got a glimpse of efforts by local schools to raise student achievement. The first-grader from Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School held a captive audience while she read during a regular meeting of the Advisory Task Force on Minnesota American Indian Tribes & Communities & K-12 Standards, which included Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren. Seagren said the task force, which has been meeting since September, was formed to respond to concerns from the American Indian communi
Bemidji Middle School teacher Denise Black is on paid administrative leave following an incident that involved a knife at the school. Superintendent Jim Hess said Black was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 30. The Minnesota Department of Education is currently conducting an investigation.
Hearing her name announced, Pearl Walker stepped onto the stage at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. A weekend of rehearsals, interviews and high-heeled shoes led up to this moment for the 18-year-old Cass Lake woman. Although she didn't win the Miss Minnesota USA title in the Nov.
Five years ago, TrekNorth Senior High School first opened its doors to students. Now, the Bemidji charter school ranks among the top six public high schools in Minnesota in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 America's Best High Schools. TrekNorth Senior High School received a silver medal in the magazine's first-ever ranking of the nation's public high schools. TrekNorth Director Dan McKeon said the recognition validates the hard work of the school's teachers and students.
A small northern Minnesota high school with about 110 students in grades 7-12 has received recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 America's Best High Schools. Northome High School received a bronze medal in the magazine's first-ever ranking of the nation's public high schools. "It's just a neat honor," Superintendent Jerry Struss said. "We're very appreciative of it." Northome High School is among 31 high schools in Minnesota, including Mahnomen High School, recognized with a bronze medal by U.S.