Walls began crumbling inside Bemidji teenager Alex Larsen as he spoke with a homeless man last month at a homeless shelter in Chicago. During that visit, the word "homeless" took on a new meaning for the junior from TrekNorth Senior High School. "He said, 'It can happen to anyone,'" Larsen said. "All you need is a house fire or all you need is a bad loan." Preconceptions were shattered and lives touched when 15 TrekNorth juniors and seniors visited Chicago on a Jan.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream is still alive, the Rev. Patrick Owens of Minneapolis said Monday night in Bemidji. Owens, from Greater New Jerusalem Faith-based Ministries, was the keynote speaker for a program at Bemidji State University that marked the start of African American History Month. Before the program, marchers joined together to honor King's legacy in the 2008 Bemidji Freedom Walk from the Paul and Babe statues to the BSU campus. Owens said King's dream was a dream for equality. "Martin Luther King's dream is alive, but we have fallen short," he said.
Bemidji State University's student union has turned 40. This week, the BSU community marked the Hobson Memorial Union's birthday with a weeklong celebration. "It's really been about having fun," HMU Director T. Todd Masman said. With the 1960s as its theme, the celebration featured birthday cake, 1960s trivia, a snow sculpture contest, human sled dog races and a 1960s dance. The student union opened the week of Jan. 15, 1968, when the school was still called Bemidji State College. It was named after C.V. Hobson, a long-time staff member and friend of students at BSU. According to a Jan.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday: Organization of the board Board members nominated board member Ann Long Voelkner to be chairperson, board member Carol L.
A spotlight is shining brightly on Horace May Elementary School.
While shopping at a Solway antique store just over a year ago, Billy Taylor eyed a parlor organ more than a century old.
The story of Martin Luther King Jr. will be brought to life this week in Bemidji. "Dr. King's Dream," a play presented by the Minneapolis-based Mixed Blood Theatre Company, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bemidji State University's Beaux Arts Ballroom. The performance will be repeated at noon Thursday in the commons area at Northwest Technical College. The play is free and open to the public. The opening scene is April 4, 1968, the day of King's assassination, in his room at Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.
The Bemidji School Board has given its initial approval to add specific wording that would address cyber bullying in the Bemidji School District's bullying prohibition policy. But some board members said they want to have more discussion on the issue before giving their final approval. On Monday night, the board voted 5-0 to approve the first reading of a revised version of the bullying prohibition policy. Board member Bill Faver was absent from the meeting. The board is scheduled to hold a second reading of the revised policy and vote on whether to adopt it Feb. 25. Last spring, Gov.
The Bemidji School District's policy that prohibits bullying may soon address cyber bullying. The wording of the proposed addition to the policy, however, has raised questions. On Monday, the Bemidji School Board will consider the first reading of a revised version of the bullying prohibition policy. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. A second reading and vote on the revised policy is scheduled for Feb. 25. Among the other items on Monday's agenda is the audit for the 2006-07 fiscal year. In May, Gov.
A fire that ignited Thursday night at the Norbord Minnesota plant at 4409 Northwood Road N.W. in Solway drew firefighters from the Bemidji and Solway fire departments Friday morning. General Manager Jack Wallingford said Norbord Minnesota fire crews worked on the fire throughout the night. "We have our own fire brigade, but we just don't have all the manpower," he said Friday morning. "The primary fires are out, but we've got a lot of smoldering dust and wafers." He said the fire started at about 10:30 p.m.