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Golden Apple: BMS Science Fair

Middle school students were ready to show off research projects that took weeks of work. The annual science fair at Bemidji Middle School featured a gym full of project posterboards and other displays. Students were able to choose from 12 research categories, but had full...

Golden Apple: Hour of Code

Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School is one of many that got involved in a national Hour of Code campaign. The goal is to get young students interested in programming. The field is one has the potential to grow even more than it already has, and Code.org was set up to teach the...

Bemidji Skating Laws Face Changes

Kristjan Thorlacius is a Bemidji State student who wanted to make a difference. Bemidji’s ban on the activity downtown, as well as on the BSU campus, has prevented him from skating to class when convenient. So he collected 300 signatures and brought an argument for the...

Texting Program Urges College Attendance

Summer nudging is a program that the Minnesota Office of Higher Education is running for the third year. The program, which sends students text messages throughout the summer as they prepare to register for college, keeps them on track to get it done quickly. For students who...

Community Spotlight: BSU Dinner Feeds the Homeless

One Bemidji State student’s idea evolved into a large charity effort. Jessi Eickstadt thought of the idea for a dinner to feed the homeless less than two weeks before it happened on Nov. 16. She needed volunteers and donors in order to make it happen with no budget. An...

Student Teddy Bears Get Surgery

Blackduck students took a visit to Sanford Health on Friday morning for some teddy bear surgery. Sanford’s 75 perioperative nurses were all involved in setting up the event, which is happening for the fifth straight year. The hope is that students will learn about careers...

Representatives Hear Student Debt Issues

Minnesota is a state that has its own serious student debt issues. Tuition in the state was frozen several years ago, but there are other reasons for students to be concerned, from high textbook costs to caring for children. Bemidji State senior Shalee Ostby, like many other...

Golden Apple: Laporte Garden Harvest

Students were thrilled when the time came to harvest a garden they had planted months before. It was an effort that began in the spring, as community members, teachers and parents donated the items the school needed to begin planting seeds. It was the students who put a lot of...

Quicksand Teaches Sixth Graders

Corn starch and water don’t combine to make quicksand exactly, but the result is similar. Non-Newtonian fluids can be solids or liquids, but it depends on how much pressure you put on them. Bemidji Middle School sixth graders had some fun with the concept this week,...

Community Spotlight: Bill Blackwell

Bill Blackwell was hired to take over as executive director of the American Indian Resource Center in June of this year. He is following Dr. Anton Treuer, who has held the position since November of 2012, and began his duties on July 1st. Blackwell has some ambitious plans for...

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