The Bemidji School Board is moving toward its second attempt in two years to get an operating levy referendum passed. "The referendum is of critical importance to the education of our children in the district," Board Chairwoman Ann Long Voelkner said in an interview Thursday. On Wednesday night, the board discussed holding another referendum this fall. Last year's effort to extend and expand the current levy failed in a Nov. 6 referendum.
The Bemidji School Board is exploring how it might reduce the school district's operating budget by about $692,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. With about 35 school district staff members and others in attendance, the board reviewed a list of potential staffing adjustments at a work session Wednesday night. The majority of the operating budget pays for personnel. "It's a very difficult process," Superintendent Jim Hess said.
A tale of love misguided and misunderstood will jazz up the Main Stage at Bemidji State University in the upcoming comedy, "Twelfth Night." The BSU production of the William Shakespeare play will open at 7:29 p.m. Friday on the Main Stage of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU. Additional performances are set for 7:29 p.m. April 12, 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. April 20. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens and free for BSU students with valid student identification.
A former Cass Lake-Bena Middle School teacher faces nine more felony counts in a case in which he allegedly sent pornographic pictures of children back and forth on the Internet to other people. Eddie Eugene Himes, 65, of Bemidji, appeared for a contested omnibus hearing Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court. The hearing was continued to May 20. He was formally charged Jan. 25 with serious felony possession of child pornography and serious felony dissemination of child pornography.
The upcoming demolition of two old Bemidji High School buildings has sparked an interest among some alumni, including Bemidji State University President Jon Quistgaard, to preserve some of the elements of the buildings. The Bemidji State University Foundation owns about 12 acres of the old BHS campus, including the soon-to-be-demolished A Building and auditorium. The foundation bought the property last summer from the Bemidji School District for $575,000 and is paying for the abatement and demolition with the plan that BSU will reimburse it for these costs. Gov.
The bonding bill signed Monday by Gov.
Both avid hunters, Jon Perlinger and Bob Schroeder want to see the habitat of Minnesota's wildlife preserved. The two Bemidji State University sophomores are working toward this goal by starting a Ducks Unlimited chapter for college students in Bemidji. Bemidji Colleges Ducks Unlimited became an official DU chapter in January.
Not once, but twice, premature birth has touched the Kindred family of Bemidji. Now the family of five will be an ambassador family for the March of Dimes March for Babies. This year's walk is set for Saturday at Bemidji State University. Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at BSU's Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center and the walk will start at 9:30 a.m. Six years ago, Jess and Glenda Kindred were awaiting the arrival of their son when Glenda went into preterm labor at 22 weeks.
Whether on the street or on ice, three local hockey players can now sharpen their skills one by one with their new invention, the Perfect Passer. The Bemidji Middle School eighth-graders demonstrated their puck shooter during the finale of this spring's Inventors of the Future Program. The finale was held Thursday at Bemidji State University. "The Perfect Passer shoots regular hockey pucks and it also shoots most inline pucks," Bo Borowski explained while presenting the project with fellow inventors Brandon Carlson and Zach Rickers.