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At Central Elementary School near downtown Bemidji, parents, staff, students and friends of the school spent an afternoon this week greening up the playground area behind the school. On Monday, volunteers began laying sod in an area that was once paved to complete the first phase of the three-phase playground improvement project being led by the school's Parent Teacher Organization. "It's about 2,400 square yards of sod," said Deb Risberg, who is serving as co-president of the PTO with Rachelle Houle. Besides creating the new green space behind the school, the PTO plans to eventually replac
CASS LAKE -- Hye Kang of New York City delicately sketched images and wrote words onto a golden patch of hide, immersing herself in one of many Ojibwe traditions. Opposite her blue and red illustration of the South Korea flag and the saying "Cheer up, Korea!" written in Korean, Cody Goggleye of Cass Lake drew a paw print, dream catcher and medicine wheel, and wrote in Ojibwe, "Hi. Hello.
A woman and two children, all of Bemidji, suffered injuries when the Dodge Caravan they were traveling in hit a few trees and started on fire just before 10 a.m. Thursday along Staghorn Lane in Frohn Township. Bemidji Ambulance transported the driver, Emily Munyer, 41, and the two children, Richard Paquette, 6, and Grace Munyer, 6, to North Country Regional Hospital. The Bemidji Fire Department, which also responded to the scene, reported that one of the children suffered serious injuries while the driver and other child suffered minor injuries.
A group of Bemidji area parents wanting a stronger hold on their children's education have begun meeting with a vision of one day opening a one-room school of the 21st century. Last week in Bemidji, LuAnn Walters of Minnetonka presented her 21st Century One Room School concept to more than a dozen area parents who are interested in starting the Foundations Academy. Walters founded Accell Academy - a private one-room college prep school in Minnetonka that serves sixth- to 12th-graders - 13 years ago.
The Paul Bunyan Playhouse curtain will rise tonight as the fourth summer production - "The Drawer Boy," a dramatic comedy - takes the stage. "It's really sweet and it's really a great story about friendship and about people just taking care of each other," Artistic Director Zach Curtis said. "The Drawer Boy" opens at 8 p.m. today at the Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Additional performances will begin at 8 p.m. July 27-29 and Aug. 2-5, as well as at 2 p.m. July 30. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for youth up to age 18.
Whether tie-dyeing T-shirts, making ice cream, going for a swim or relaxing on a pontoon ride, day campers who attended the Bemidji Courage Day Camp at Diamond Point Park enjoyed some summertime fun both in and out of the water. "I like everything. It's just awesome," said camper Chelsie Olson of Bemidji as she prepared to tie-dye a T-shirt Wednesday morning at the park.
Nine candidates have officially entered the race for three Bemidji School Board positions. Incumbent Mona Carter and T.J. Melcher joined the race Tuesday, the last day to file affidavits of candidacy. Since the filing period opened July 5, seven others have also filed: incumbent Carol L. Johnson, incumbent Steven H. Johnson, Bonnie J. Rock, Joseph J. Ryan, Richard (Bill) Faver, Toni C. Gersich and Jay T. Huseby. This fall, three people will be elected to four-year at-large positions on the board.
When school ended for the summer, a dozen students in Bemidji High School's Outdoor Adventure Club geared up to go backpacking along the trails of Colorado's mountain wilderness and whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River. Guided by BHS teachers John Deden and Dan Bryant and Bemidji Middle School teacher Ryan Aylesworth, the students spent about a week in June hiking, paddling and even "racing" their way through the picturesque Rocky Mountains. "This is the first time we've gone this early in the year," said Deden, the club's advisor. The club takes a major trip every summer and shorter
Working alongside Canadian Brass trumpeter Joe Burgstaller and several music faculty members, young instrumentalists from across the Midwest are sharpening their skills this week at Bemidji State University's 59th annual MusiCamp. MusiCamp started this week with the band and jazz band session of the camp. Next week, the camp will change tempo as the choir and voice session begins. "The camp overall is going really well so far," said Del Lyren, director of the weeklong band and jazz band session.
The Bemidji School Board accepted on Monday night two State Arts Magnet Grants totaling $150,000 for Central and J.W. Smith elementary schools. The board voted 5-0, with board member Gene Dillon absent from the meeting, to accept the two grants from the Minnesota Department of Education.