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Local author releases book of poetry BEMIDJI—Local author Billie Annette marks the published debut with "Life Whispers," a book of poetry. Annette, of Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake ancestry, shares her experiences and interpretations of life on and off the reservation. Annette has lived in Bemidji for the past 40 years. Her second collection of poetry is currently in progress. Third annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival
Classic Valentine's musical dinner in Bagley BAGLEY—The Bagley Area Arts Collaborative recently announced a Classic Valentine's musical dinner Friday at the Fireside Grill and Patio in Bagley. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will feature Eric Olson, playing both violin and piano and Jennifer Olson, as the vocalist. The pair, adjunct professors at BSU, will be performing love songs from all over the world. Dinner will follow the musical presentation. Cost is $40. Tickets may be reserved by calling (218) 556-3016 or (218) 694-2012.
Local students named Morris dean's list MORRIS—Lillian Fulton and Lindsey Owens of Bemidji have been named to the University of Minnesota, Morris dean's list for the fall 2015 semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.66 or higher while taking 12 or more credits, two-thirds of these credits on the A-F grading system. Todavich named to dean's list at UMC
Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's commissioner Aaron Kemp announced his resignation Friday morning — effective immediately — after just a year and a half on the job to pursue other professional opportunities. WCHA men's commissioner Bill Robertson will take over the leadership and supervision of the women's league through the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. According to a release issued by the WCHA, permanent staffing plans for the women's league will be determined later this spring.
Lenten services at First Lutheran Church BEMIDJI—Lenten services will begin at noon and 6 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 at at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Services will also take place at noon and 6 p.m. on Feb. 17, 24, March 2, 9, and 16. The noon service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. service will be preceded by supper at 5 p.m. Both meals are free-will donation and will be served in the church's Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome. Fish fry meals set
BSU's Blue Ice in Louisville BEMIDJI—The Blue Ice Combo from BSU performed Jan. 7 at the JENerations Jazz Festival in Louisville, Ky. The festival is part of the Jazz Education Network conference attended by about 4,000 musicians. The Blue Ice Combo performed for about 25 minutes and then received comments from Victor Wooten and Mike Steinel. Upcoming programs at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
Yerbich named to honor roll at VSCU VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Valley City State University (VSCU) recently released its honor roll for fall semester 2015. Jasmin Marie Yerbich, of Bemidji, was named named to the honor roll. The dean's honor roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grades points are earned with a grade point average of at least 3.5. Local students named to dean's list at SCSU
Christian Women's luncheon set BEMIDJI—The Christian Women's luncheon meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Monday in the community room at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. Roxanne Kanani of Bemidji will share her journey as a single mother. Attendees will be able to participate in the "Sacks 5th Avenue" gift selections at the meeting. For reservations, contact Elaine at 333-3544 or Alverna at 335-7838. Christian men's event scheduled
Youth focused art show BEMIDJI—The Least of These Gift Shoppe and Make and Take Studio presents a collaborative youth focused art show featuring pieces from young artists between elementary and middle school age. A First Friday art and acoustics reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at The Least of These, 310 Fourth St. NW. Reception with Scott Fadness
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Monday: Accident 10:33 a.m. Car vs. deer crash on Big Bass Road NE and Whitetail Road NE. Violation 5:37 p.m. A 27-year-old man was arrested for violating a no contact order and issued a written warning for a headlight out following a traffic stop on 4th Street SE and Paul Bunyan Drive SE. Drugs 9:07 p.m.