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A Bemidji woman died after a one-vehicle rollover in a horse pasture near Bemidji. Damita Luvelle Hairston, 47, was transported Friday to the North Country Regional Hospital Emergency Room where she was pronounced dead at about 7 a.m. later in the day, Beltrami Country Sheriff Phil Hodapp said. While on routine patrol at about 4:19 a.m. Friday, a deputy with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office came upon the rollover near the intersection of Grange Road Northwest and Irvine Avenue Northwest. Hairston, the lone occupant, had been ejected and pinned under a 2004 Dodge Durango.
A Bemidji woman died after a one-vehicle rollover in a horse pasture near Bemidji. Damita Luvelle Hairston, 47, was transported to the North Country Regional Hospital Emergency Room today where she was pronounced dead at about 7 a.m., Beltrami Country Sheriff Phil Hodapp said. While on routine patrol at about 4:19 a.m. today, a deputy with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office came upon the rollover near the intersection of Grange Road Northwest and Irvine Avenue Northwest. Hairston, the lone occupant, had been ejected and pinned under a 2004 Dodge Durango.
With the demolition of two buildings at the old Bemidji High School just a few months away, crews began preparation work this week at the site. Hazardous material abatement began Monday in preparation for the demolition of the A Building and auditorium, said Bill Hansen, principal project manager and owner of Hansen Construction Consulting in Hackensack. He said abatement is expected to be finished in May and demolition is set to begin that month. The Bemidji State University Foundation bought about 12 acres of the old BHS property last summer from the Bemidji School District for $575,000.
After two years with the Minnesota Conservation Corps, Kate Kvale of Bemidji is pursuing a career that matches her love for the outdoors. The Northwest Technical College student, who is studying forest technology, helped introduce her future career to female high school students last week at Extreme Tech. The annual event drew 120 area high school students to the college Friday to explore career choices in nontraditional fields.
A tale of young girl who discovers whimsical adventure in another land will come to life in the local production of "Alice in Wonderland." The musical will begin at 7:29 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the Main Stage of Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, children and students, and free for BSU students with valid identification. Tickets are available at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Paul Bunyan Mall and Iverson Corner Drug.
Alan Zhou is back. The young violinist from Ankeny, Iowa, has returned to Bemidji to make his second solo performance with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Alan, 13, performed with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra two years ago. On Sunday, he will be the featured soloist at the orchestra's subscription concert, "Classic Dreams." The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door along with season passes. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
The Bemidji School District is creating a new committee to plan for the future of its facilities. The Long Range Facility Planning Committee will help the school district develop a unifying vision or long-term plan for facility and space needs as part of the school district's goal of being an efficient and effective operation. "We have a lot of facility issues and opportunities in Bemidji Area Schools," Superintendent Jim Hess said. Hess said the school district needs to take a 360-degree look at its facilities. "There will be a lot of study and discussion," he said.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday: Release from contract The board considered a request by William Harms, high school industrial technology teacher, for a release from his contract.
The Bemidji School District will once again base its maintenance operations on the Bemidji High School campus. The Bemidji School Board voted unanimously Monday to award a bid totaling about $1.2 million by Donlar Construction of Waite Park, Minn., to build a new maintenance facility. Donlar Construction's bid was the lowest of nine bids. With architectural fees and other additional costs, the new 12,000-square foot facility is estimated to cost nearly $1.29 million. It will replace the stone maintenance building currently used by the school district at the old BHS property.
About 200 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, University of Minnesota medical student Leigh Berven is discovering life as a rural physician. Berven arrived in Bemidji in October to gain rural medical experience as part of U of M's Rural Physician Associate Program.