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Emily Risberg of Bemidji is the first recipient of the Judy (Bourcy) Christenson Memorial Scholarship, according to an announcement from Ken Christenson of Shevlin. Annually, the scholarship will award $1,000 to a student attending the University of Minnesota Crookston. Ken Christenson said he established the scholarship in memory of his wife, who died of breast cancer in 2014.
A total of 200 volunteers across Minnesota turned out Saturday, Aug. 5 to participate in Starry Trek, a statewide search for starry stonewort that was organized by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and University of Minnesota Extension. In Beltrami County, a total of 10 volunteers took part. After being trained to identify starry stonewort, volunteers fanned out and checked 20 lakes across the county.
BEMIDJI—More Bemidji State University students will be able to keep their guns on campus, thanks to an expanded weapon storage facility for residents, school officials say. The new facility includes 123 custom-built lockers, a special air ventilation system and two gun-cleaning tables. It doubles the university's previous weapons storage capacity.
Seibel, Hoff to perform at next BACM recital BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will continue at noon, Wednesday, July 26, at United Methodist Church, 924 Beltrami Ave. NW.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji High School trap shooting team finished the regular season in third place in their conference following their final shooting session of the season last week. The team scored a season-high 9,317 points last Monday, bringing the season score to 43,470 points behind Buffalo (58,583 points) and Alexandria (53,612 points). Other teams in the conference include ROCORI (36,897), New Prague (36,034), St. Peter (26,226) and Perham (16,602).\ Top shooters for the Jacks last week were Seth Perkins, Zach Suther and Nic Geiger, who each had 48 out of 50.
Editor's note: This story was published in April 5, 2010. A 30-year-old Red Lake man pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting a woman on the Red Lake Indian Reservation over a three-day period. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice: Corey Randall Roberts pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Roberts entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis. He had been indicted on Dec. 16. Roberts, in the plea agreement, admitted that he and the victim argued on Nov. 4.
BEMIDJI -- Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, most, if not all, government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. For those residents who have city of Bemidji refuse collection on Thursday, their refuse will be picked up on Friday, the city said in a release. Many other organizations also will be closed for the holiday and Friday, including the Senior Activity Center; although they will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday during the Night We Light events, servicing cocoa, coffee, cider and cookies at the center, 216 Third St. NW.
Phoenix Rises up for national award BEMIDJI—The local band Phoenix Rises has received a nomination for The Native American Music Awards. Phoenix Rises' album "Evolution" has been nominated for "Rock Production of the Year." The band recorded the album with Sam Makarim in Grand Forks. Voting is taking place online and the awards will be given out live in New York on Sept. 16. Vote online at www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/nama-15-music .
Conlon received white coat DULUTH—In an event marking the beginning of her medical career, Megan Conlon, of Bemidji, received her white coat that marks the entering of medical school, according to a release. In total, 60 first-year medical students received their white coats on Aug. 20 at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. Fleahman to participate in NDSU White Coat Ceremony
Belleveau earns award at State Fair BEMIDJI—Al Belleveau, of Bemidji, was awarded a second place award for a sculpture at the Minnesota State Fair. The sculpture is located in the fine arts building at the fair. Artist reception and open house at Watermark Art Center