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A spring break may make a reappearance next year in the Bemidji School District. The Bemidji School Board voted 5-1 Monday to give initial approval to the first of two calendars proposed for the 2008-09 school year. Board member Steven Johnson voted against the first calendar. A second reading and vote to adopt a final calendar will be held at a later date. The first calendar, which received five votes, includes a spring break from March 9-13 -- Monday to Friday -- while the second calendar includes a spring break from March 12-16 -- Thursday to Monday.
Speedskaters swooshed past spectators on a Lake Bemidji oval as the U.S. Speedskating National Marathon Championships made its Bemidji debut Saturday. About 40 speedskaters from across the United States, Canada and the Netherlands are competing this weekend in the 12th annual championships. The two-day event opened Saturday morning with a 25K marathon and continues today with a 50K marathon at 9 a.m.
The Bemidji School District will face heavy cuts in the future if the current operating levy expires without renewal. Director of Business Services Chris Leinen noted this outlook in reviewing a five-year budget projection model that he will share with the Bemidji School Board at its meeting Monday. The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. Without the renewal of the current operating levy, the school district will lose a total of $3.2 million per year after the levy ends, Leinen said.
KELLIHER -- A giant mosaic designed to capture the spirit of Minnesota for the state's sesquicentennial this year is getting creative help from students at Kelliher School. Susan Warner of Minneapolis, who is the lead artist on the statewide project, brought part of it to the school this week. "It's like a big jigsaw puzzle," Warner said as she prepared to help students arrange broken pieces of colorful tile on a paper template Thursday. The "Greetings from Minnesota" mosaic will resemble a giant travel postcard from the state.
More than one in nine of Minnesota's charter schools have used a loophole in state law to buy or build their own buildings using public money, without gaining the voter approval traditional school districts need before doing the same. All three charter schools in the Bemidji area lease property to house their classrooms and offices with the help of state lease aid.
From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the tranquil panorama of glaciers descending from the Andes Mountains, a group of Bemidji State University students explored the vastness of Argentina. Eleven students traveled to the South American country on a Jan.
True love and adventure will navigate the lives of a young man and woman in KG Entertainment's upcoming production of "The Princess Bride." The play opens at 7:30 p.m. today on the Main Stage of Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-23. General admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Admission for students and senior citizens is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
SOLWAY -- With positive lyrics and upbeat tunes, Red Grammer is spreading the message of kindness to area students this week. "Kindness -- it's a really sweet thing," Grammer told students at a concert Monday at Solway Elementary School. The award-winning singer and songwriter from southern California is presenting a series of concerts throughout the area as part of Kindness Week and MeritCare's Celebrate Kindness campaign.
Sisters Sadie and Sarah Hamrin of Bemidji have been playing stringed instruments for a combined eight years. Now, the 7-year-old and 10-year-old girls are preparing the solos they will perform at the "Couples Night III: Music for the Baroque-en Heart" concert Tuesday in Bemidji. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Admission is free. "It's our annual Valentine's concert of the Bemidji Youth Symphony and Bemidji Symphony Orchestra," said Beverly Everett, who directs both ensembles.
CASS LAKE -- A movement spreading a vision of sobriety and wellness among American Indian tribes made a stop here Thursday. On one of five stops throughout Minnesota, the Journey of the Sacred Hoop brought several speakers and a visioning process to Palace Casino & Hotel. The Journey of the Sacred Hoop also made a stop Wednesday in Red Lake.