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The Bemidji Community Arena will move closer to its goal of becoming spectator-ready and adding a second rink with the help of a grant. Donors recently offered a $125,000 matching grant for the arena's capital campaign. "The good news is for every dollar we raise, we get two," said Hugh Welle, one of the capital campaign organizers. The Bemidji Youth Hockey Association, which owns the arena, has been using it for practices since it opened five years ago.
The Bemidji School District is proposing an $8.34 million levy for 2008 -- a 1.81 percent increase over this year's levy. On Tuesday evening, Director of Business Services Chris Leinen outlined the proposal at the school district's annual Truth in Taxation hearing. No one from the public attended the hearing. The proposed 2008 levy is significantly less than the levy maximum set by the Bemidji School Board earlier this fall.
A thick blanket of snow covered the Bemidji area during the weekend, delighting snow enthusiasts and boosting snow-related businesses. Nine inches of snow fell on Bemidji during the weekend storm, and more snow is on the way, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. Around 2-3 inches of snow is expected to fall today in Beltrami County, said Geoffrey Grochicinski, intern meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, Monday afternoon. He said the snow will begin around dawn today and be heaviest in late morning through early afternoon.
A classic Christmas tale and a host of Christmas carols will fill the Old School Center in Kelliher with the Christmas spirit two nights this month. Kelliher Community Theater and Kelliher School Theater have teamed up to present "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 8-9. The Dec. 8 show will begin at 7 p.m. The Dec. 9 show will be accompanied with dinner. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. and the show will follow at 7 p.m. The dinner menu is rock Cornish game hen, roasted potatoes, green beans almondine, stuffing, plum pudding, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea and cider.
When Lucille Moe-Nelson was hired as the secretary for Bi-County Community Action Programs in 1965, she was guaranteed only six months of employment. Forty-two years later, Moe-Nelson, who has since become Bi-County CAP's executive director, is retiring. Her last day on the job will be Dec. 31. An open house in her honor will be held from 2-5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room at Bi-County CAP, 2529 15th St. N.W.
Thirteen years and a month ago, William Cope Moyers heard a sharp rap on the door of the crack house where he was using cocaine. "I knew in that instant that my family's desperate search to track me down had ended at this decayed two-story apartment in a violent pocket of Atlanta's inner city," he read from his book "Broken" Wednesday night in Bemidji. Moyers shared his story of addiction and redemption in his program, "On the Broken Road of Recovery," at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.
Bemidji School District Superintendent Jim Hess testified Tuesday morning before the Senate E-12 Education Finance Division at the State Capitol. Joining Hess in St. Paul for the hearing, which centered on the role of levies in education finance, were Ann Long Voelkner and Chris Leinen.
With funding for a student intervention program set to end next month, Bemidji Middle School is seeking ways to keep the program going. On Monday night, Principal Jim Wheeler and Assistant Principal Kathy Van Wert spoke with the Bemidji School Board about the middle school's Room 1039 program. Wheeler said BMS started the program, which was previously called the Behavior Intervention Room program, in January 2001 to meet students' academic, behavioral and social needs. The Beltrami Area Service Collaborative has funded the program through grants since the program began nearly seven years ag
Three weeks after the Bemidji School District's referendum failed, school officials are reviewing the school district's approach to the election. By mass mailing information to all voters, establishing a sense of urgency or taking other steps, the process leading up to the Nov.
One by one, kindergarteners at Lincoln Elementary School dropped the vegetables they brought from home into large bowls in their classrooms Wednesday morning. "We're making stone soup," kindergartener Tyler Swan said as his class assembled a colorful and abundant supply of potatoes, celery, carrots, onions and green beans. Kindergarten teacher Doreen Felts said each of the four kindergarten classes at the school read "Stone Soup," a story of a man who tries to trick a village by telling its residents that he will make soup with a stone and water.