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Along the Lake Bemidji waterfront Wednesday, Bemidji youth will gather to play yard games, compete in sports tournaments, listen to live music and join in a variety of other activities during the sixth annual June 7 Youth Rally. Sponsored by the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission, an advisory board to the Bemidji City Council, the rally will be held from noon to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The rally is free, and food and T-shirts will be available for purchase. "This is a day to celebrate being a youth in Bemidji," said Jon Staff V, president of the BYAC.
Recent Bemidji High School graduate Kirstin "Missy" Kurtz will be among several local artists showcasing their work this summer at Great River Gallery in downtown Bemidji. With the help of a $1,000 Arts Project Grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, Kurtz and a few other BHS students are being selected to exhibit their art at the gallery and be mentored by one of the gallery's artists. Awarded to the high school this spring, the grant provides these students with the funding to frame their art and publicize their showings.
On Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., last week, Michelle Bennett of Bemidji joined 99 other people from across the nation to advocate for cancer survivors and their loved ones for the Lance Armstrong Foundation's 2006 Livestrong Day. The LAF selected Bennett as one of 100 advocates - two from each state - to participate in Livestrong Day, a grassroots advocacy initiative to unify people affected by cancer and raise awareness about cancer survivorship issues, according to a foundation news release. "There is hardly anyone today that doesn't have a relative or friend that has had some type of
CASS LAKE -- The Minnesota Association of Secretaries to the Principals has named Cass Lake-Bena Middle School's first principal as the 2006 MASP Administrator of the Year. "I'm very honored to have been selected this year," said Steve Novak, who was hired as principal when the middle school opened four years ago. He said he was humbled when he received a telephone call last week from the MASP notifying him of the award. "Needless to say, I was overwhelmed," Novak said. "He's a great example of the wonderful principals we have out there," said Nan Mizuhata, MASP's director of professional
Senior Kayla Sundquist called out her encouragement Friday morning to her fellow students in Bemidji High School's Junior ROTC classes as they raced their way through a large, inflatable obstacle course. "Knowing that we can all rely on each other is pretty cool," she noted during Friday's JROTC field day held in a field behind the high school. "We all work together as a team." Teamwork is one of the many values of the U.S.
Once school ends for the summer, the Bemidji School District will work to complete this year's list of capital projects, which total nearly $500,000. On Monday night, Director of Business Services Chris Leinen updated the Bemidji School Board on the status of the capital projects list, which includes a $227,800 parking lot project at Northern Elementary School. With input from the district's leadership team and building and grounds team, Leinen developed a list of high priority capital projects for the year. Some projects on this year's list have already been completed, including the $10,00
The Bemidji School Board will consider on Monday night adopting a wellness policy that is aimed at making a healthy impact on students' lives. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center.
Sgt. 1st Class Keith Huff of the Minnesota Army National Guard struggled with the challenges of reintegrating into life at home after serving a year in Iraq. Describing his reintegration experience as a worst-case scenario that included a serious motorcycle accident, the combat veteran shared his personal story with about 50 community members Wednesday afternoon at Bemidji State University. Maj.
CASS LAKE -- Students from Cass Lake-Bena Middle School spent Monday both inside and outside the school exploring the "great outdoors" for the schoolwide Exploratory Day. Whether building birdhouses in a classroom, playing games on the school's front lawn or doing other activities, students in grades 5-8 each had the opportunity to participate in two of the 17 exploratory stations set up for the day. "They get pretty excited," said Rebecca Sarles, a middle school enrichment teacher who coordinated the event.
Despite cold, drizzly weather, anglers hit area lakes with a strong force Saturday for the opening day of the 2006 Minnesota fishing season. "It's been a good day," said Doug Easthouse, park manager at Big Bog State Recreation Area in Waskish. "We've been waiting for this for a while." At the Big Bog campground, numerous anglers fished in the Tamarac River right before it flows into Upper Red Lake and were doing very well, Easthouse said.