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PHOTOS: Bemidji State students return to campus for fall semester

Bemidji State students were back for in-person classes on the first day of the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 23.

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Students disperse from Hagg-Sauer Hall after classes on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at Bemidji State. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMDJI -- The Beavers have returned to campus.

Bemidji State students were back for in-person classes on the first day of the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 23. Move-in day for BSU students was on Thursday, Aug. 19 , followed by a welcome weekend and orientation.

On Monday, students filled campus walkways and classrooms at a full capacity for the first time since March 2020 when the pandemic forced most educational institutions into online learning. During the 2020-21 school year, only 500 students were allowed to live in the dorms, but this year the dorms will host 910.

A mask mandate went into effect for the BSU campus on Aug. 9 and will be reevaluated on Monday, Aug. 30, after which the mandate could extend two more weeks or expire Tuesday, Aug. 31, according to BSU’s website.

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Students walk through campus on the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at Bemidji State. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

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Bemidji State freshman Lyla Stout takes a break between classes on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in BSU’s Hagg-Sauer Hall. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

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Students walk through Centennial Plaza on the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at Bemidji State. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

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John Gonzalez, psychology professor at Bemidji State, talks with students on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in BSU’s Hagg-Sauer Hall. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

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Students walk down steps near the A.C. Clark Library on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at Bemidji State. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

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