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In 1950, Red Lake’s Peter Graves, who was Secretary of the Tribal Council said, "Education, we believe, is the only salvation for Indian people."
As you may know, Bemidji Area Schools had to cancel four days of school this past week. The decision to do so was not because of the community spread of COVID in our schools. On the contrary, our schools are still safe and healthy thanks to the many strategies we have had in place since the beginning of the pandemic.
"Praying can be intimidating, and our history of making prayer obligatory and reverent hasn’t been particularly helpful, in my view. ... I would encourage us to view prayer as simply a conversation with God, or Jesus if that is more comfortable. You can pray to the Holy Spirit too, or Mother Earth, for that matter."
Choose to be home, wherever that might be. And if you need a new sense of home, go find it, even in the dead of winter.

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"My best advice as a faith leader is to seek out where you can find the Spirit, God’s active presence in the world, still at work. This can be in the talented medical staff taking care of your loved one; this could be in the network of friends who rally to your side. The Spirit is there, at work, somewhere."
The vast majority of the work we do at Greater Bemidji is to support the small, locally owned businesses and startups of our area.
I have recently decided that I’d like to become a landowner someday. My dream is to rehabilitate the soil, grow food, plant native perennials, have a few chickens, keep a few Scottish Highland cows and tend some wild foods.
“I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.”
They are simple and easy things to do each week. I challenge you to do just 10 things from the list that are different than what you normally would do.
When I first arrived in Bemidji to work at the Pioneer, I set a goal, vowing to leave something good behind. Now, as I head into my final few weeks at the Pioneer, I sincerely hope I leave behind something as good as the impression the Northwoods and its people have left on me.

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I love that there are people in this area who aren’t abandoning Bemidji when they see something they don’t like, but rather are digging in their heels and asking, how can we make this community better for everyone?
Most Christmas Eve church services for children years ago were held in front of standing room only crowds.
On July 1, 2021, Gov. Tim Walz signed into law the Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform. This reform included a number of critical provisions related to reducing sexual violence and improving access and well-being for victims and survivors.

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