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Students at Bemidji State University want to move toward a greener campus. The BSU Student Senate passed two bills this month supporting the creation of a $5 student green fee per semester for all on-campus students and the hiring of a sustainability coordinator at the university. "It's been two years in the works, if not longer," Student Senate President Cody Nelson said.
To address social issues, cultural revitalization is necessary, said Mike Myers, program coordinator for Red Lake Family & Children Services. Myers gave a keynote address titled "An Indigenous Perspective of Child Development" Thursday at the Evergreen House Annual Conference in Bemidji. "We start with the idea that there are four foundational pieces," he told more than 200 youth-serving professionals and parents attending the conference from the region. Myers said these foundations are personal development, cultural development, academic development and resiliency and resistance. He said
Bemidji State University professor Jim Mastro is among the finalists for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Mastro, a professor of education and physical education, health and sport, is one of five finalists in the Paralympian category. Six individual Olympians, one Olympic team and one Paralympian, along with a coach, a veteran and a special contributor, will be honored at the U.S.
Retention elections would help the public continue to have faith in the judiciary, 9th Judicial District Judge Shari Schluchter said. "I am supportive of retention elections," she said as she presented a program Wednesday for the League of Women Voters of the Bemidji Area. The Minnesota Citizens Commission for the Preservation of an Impartial Judiciary seeks to have voters this fall -- if the Legislature allows it -- approve a constitutional ballot question that would create a "retention election system." Through the system, all judges would be appointed by the governor, after being screene
As the demolition of two buildings at the old Bemidji High School draws nearer, a small group of BHS alumni are hoping to save some decorative architectural features from the front of their alma mater. Six graduates from the classes of 1944, 1960, 1964 and 1968 gathered for a meeting about the effort Tuesday at the Bemidji Public Library. Sharon Fruetel of Bemidji, a 1964 BHS graduate who organized the meeting, said many people in the community, particularly BHS alumni, were sad to hear the old high school was going to be demolished. "It seemed to be a good idea to have some pieces ...
A splash of color is springing up at J.W. Smith Elementary School as students combine the environment and the arts. With the help of two artists-in-residence, students are creating banners representing the 13 Ojibwe moons and painting murals portraying Minnesota's three biomes. J.W. Smith is focusing on the environment and the arts this school year through an $80,000 Magnet School and Program grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.
A utilities extension project in the Birchmont Drive Northeast area is moving forward. The Northern Township Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday night to proceed with a project extending city of Bemidji sewer and water to properties along Birchmont Drive and connecting streets. Voting in favor of the project were supervisors Ronald Gangeness, Mike Kelly, Jim Humeniuk and Jim Thompson. Voting in opposition was Chairman Tim Mountain. Affected property owners will be assessed for the improvements.
The Bemidji State University students who traveled on the Pay It Forward Tour now hope to make a difference for others locally. The BSU chapter of Students Today Leaders Forever is seeking opportunities to serve others in the Bemidji area. Senior Cody Nelson of the BSU chapter of STLF said the Pay It Forward Tour gets students out of their comfort zones and brings them to new places where they do service projects.
As spring break approached this year, a group of Bemidji State University students prepared for a big trip out West. No, they didn't head to the coast for a week on the beach. The group of 44 traveled hundreds of miles by bus to six cities in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado where they engaged in service projects. On the Pay It Forward Tour, organized by the BSU chapter of Students Today Leaders Forever, the students strove to make a difference in the lives of others.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday: Resignations The board considered the resignations of Hallie Baldwin, elementary teacher at J.W.