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A three-vehicle accident injured one driver at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday near the entrance to the Beltrami County Highway Department at 2493 Adams Ave. N.W. in Bemidji. Bemidji Ambulance transported the driver of a black Ford car to North Country Regional Hospital, said State Trooper Bruce VonHodlt. The driver's name was not available Wednesday evening.
As long-term trends show the average global temperature warming up, Dane Scott said he wants to provide helpful ways for people to think about the ethical aspects of climate change. Scott, who is the director of the University of Montana-Missoula's Center for Ethics, delivered the fifth annual Don and Gladys McDonald Philosophy Lecture Wednesday night at Bemidji State University.
As executive director of the Bemidji Regional Interdistrict Council, Denny Ulmer works extensively with a network of area school superintendents on special education issues. Minnesota Administrators for Special Education is recognizing his efforts by naming him the 2008 Special Education Administrator of the Year. "I'm very flattered," said Ulmer, who has worked as the BRIC executive director for the past 14 years.
The Bemidji School Board narrowly approved a calendar for the 2008-09 school year that includes a weeklong spring break and a two-day week before winter break. The board voted 3-2 Monday night to adopt the calendar. Voting in favor were Ann Long Voelkner, board chairwoman, and board members Carol L. Johnson and Bill Faver. Voting in opposition were board members Steven Johnson and Gene Dillon.
A weeklong spring break may be in the mix next year for the Bemidji School District. On Monday night, the Bemidji School Board will consider adopting a calendar for the 2008-09 school year. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. The proposed calendar is among several items on the agenda. The proposed calendar includes a spring break from March 9-13.
Thirty years ago, Bemidji State University professor Dan Gartrell saw 27 people gather for BSU's first Early Childhood Mega Conference. On campus Thursday, looking out at the faces of 325 early childhood professionals who work throughout Minnesota, he delivered the opening keynote presentation for the 30th annual conference. "It's special," said Gartrell, a professional education professor who is also the 35-year director of BSU's Child Development Training Program.
Chris Mahr will close one chapter of life when he graduates this spring from Win-E-Mac Public School in Erskine. But the 18-year-old has already opened another with the publishing of his very own book. PublishAmerica released the science fiction novel, "The Face on Mars," in December. Mahr will sign copies of his novel from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at B. Dalton at Paul Bunyan Mall. The novel, which costs $21.95, will be available for purchase at the book signing.
The Bemidji School Board is beginning the early stages of planning for an operating levy referendum this November. Superintendent Jim Hess said some dramatic indicators show that a referendum is essential to the school district. "It just seems to me that we wouldn't have the same district without that referendum in place," he said at a special board meeting Monday night. Hess suggested the board begin generally discussing a referendum and start looking at a general timeline.
The Bemidji School Board voted unanimously Monday night to approve a resolution proposing discipline for Martin Kesler, a fifth-grade teacher at J.W. Smith Elementary School. The vote came after the board held a closed session Monday night for preliminary considerations of allegations or charges against an employee. Director of Human Resources Jordan Hickman said Kesler is currently on paid administrative leave. A letter will be sent to Kesler informing him of his proposed discipline by the school district.
Northwest Technical College is offering a new series of seminars to provide community members with practical lifelong learning opportunities. NTC Provost Charles Giammona said the series goes beyond traditional continuing education programs by being more applied and technical. "I think we've made an interesting, affordable and relevant set of programs for everyone," he said. The series began Wednesday night at the college with a two-hour seminar on power tools.