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When Maxine Charwood watches her daughter Cody walk across the stage to receive her diploma Friday at Bemidji State University, she will not only be cheering on her daughter but her fellow student. The Bemidji women have been pursuing degrees at the university simultaneously for about the past five years. Cody, who is majoring in environmental studies with an emphasis in chemistry and minors in chemistry and math, started classes in the fall of 2001. A semester later, Maxine began taking classes to work toward an accounting major. "I'm very proud of her," Maxine said of her daughter.
One year ago, Northwest Technical College student Jason Schoning shared his time between his home and the hospital as he recovered from a kidney transplant. Now, the Bemidji man is preparing to walk across the stage Friday night to receive his diploma for his associate's degree in accounting. Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the John Glas Fieldhouse at Bemidji State University. The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Will Antell, a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board trustee. The U.S. Air Force Color Guard will present the colors.
Sifting through the soil with a magnifying glass held close to one eye, sketching colorful flowers and planting "baby" plants, some students from Northern Elementary School spent Monday discovering life up close in the garden at Mustard Seed Gardens & Gifts. After studying garden life through literature, language and observations this spring, 45 kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders in the school's Primary Reading Program had the opportunity on Monday's field trip to dig deeper and discover for themselves the intricacies of garden life, according to Primary Reading teacher Pattie
On their day off from classes before finals began, about 30 Bemidji State University students spent the chilly morning Thursday getting down to work outside and inside the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. The newly formed Students Today Leaders Forever organization at BSU chose the club as the site for its first service project in the community. "It's just great to have that many people that are willing to give up their day off of classes," said Jennifer Roy, the club's program director. She said it was wonderful to have the students' help with projects around the club. Outside, the
Scaling a rock climbing wall, playing lollipop beach tennis and dancing to some upbeat tunes like "Y.M.C.A," Developmental Adapted Physical Education students from across northern Minnesota explored a variety of activities during the recent Adventures in Activity Day at Bemidji State University. Sponsored by the BSU Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport, the fifth-annual event Friday drew more than 170 students, teachers and paraprofessionals to BSU's Physical Education Complex. "It's just a fun atmosphere," said BSU senior Beth Mjelde, who coordinated this year's event with BSU
Students at TrekNorth High School will be sharing the halls with junior high students when school begins next fall. The Bemidji charter school will add the seventh and eighth grades to its ninth-through-12th-grade offerings beginning with the 2006-07 school year. The new TrekNorth Junior High School, which will be located in the same building as TrekNorth High School, will accommodate up to 15 seventh-graders and 15 eighth-graders.
The Minnesota Department of Education released this week the results of the writing Basic Skills Test that was administered in January to high school sophomores across the state. A record 92.7 percent of Minnesota sophomores met state requirements for this year's writing test, which is up from last year's 91.2 percent, according to a MDE news release. Although most sophomores in Bemidji passed the test, the passing rates for the Bemidji School District, TrekNorth High School and Voyageurs Expeditionary High School are all lower than the state average. Of the 424 Bemidji School District soph
Central Elementary School students recently have been exploring the world around them through the lens of a camera with the help of professional photographer Andy Hall. Teaching students the basics of photography with words such as "worm's eye view" and "bird's eye view," the owner of Sweetlight Photographic Images in St. Paul spent two weeks this spring at the school. Hall is one of several artists-in-residence who have visited Central this year through the Arts Magnet Program Grant.
The Bemidji Area Schools Web site will soon be posting local advertisements on its homepage to support the school district's Web presence. Last week, the Bemidji School Board voted unanimously to allow the district to sell and post the Web ads on the homepage on a six-month trial basis. According to Web Coordinator Stacy Bender-Fayette, the plan will give local businesses the opportunity to advertise on the Web site while showing their support for the district. She said the goal is to be proactive by making the Web site self-supporting.
Grant Oppegaard, a veteran of more than 35 years in the world of manufacturing, retail and telemarketing, built a management reputation of entering high-risk situations that resulted in growth and success. On Friday afternoon, he shared the twists and turns of his journey with students, faculty and community members at Bemidji State University. His presentation was the second in the Heroes & Legends series that began last fall at BSU.