Micah Friez

Bemidji State grads leading the charge at Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center

By Micah Friez / May 24, 2024

Bemidji State’s grads working at the Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center in Bemidji are focused on providing positive intervention within the juvenile justice system.

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Keith Johanneson honors wife’s legacy with $1 million gift to Bemidji State nursing

By Micah Friez / May 19, 2024

As he navigates the emotional unknown – the loss of his wife – Keith Johanneson has learned to not succumb to grief. He wants Maria’s legacy to live on, and so he’s pledged a $1 million gift in her honor to endow nursing scholarships at Bemidji State.

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First-generation grad Mike Roberge returns as Distinguished Minnesotan with pay-it-forward spirit

By Micah Friez / May 10, 2024

Mike Roberge aspired to become a first-generation college student. That dream led him to a Bemidji State degree, a fruitful career and now a new honor: the Distinguished Minnesotan award.

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Bemidji State welcomes newest wave of alumni at sunny Senior Send-Off

By Micah Friez / April 25, 2024

Over 100 students attended the annual Senior Send-Off on a sun-drenched David Park House lawn to partake in one last hurrah before next week’s commencement.

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Before Bucky, Bill-der Beaver was the first beaver at Bemidji State

By Micah Friez / April 7, 2024

In honor of International Beaver Day – celebrated wholeheartedly at Bemidji State University every April 7 – we’re looking back at Bucky’s forefather: Bill-der Beaver.

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Fins up! Bemidji State announces ‘Snow Sharks’ will replace Beavers nickname

By Micah Friez / April 1, 2024

After almost 100 years with the “Beavers” as its nickname, Bemidji State University has adopted a new moniker to usher in a new era of championship excellence.

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On this date in 1972, Bemidji State students launched the world’s longest basketball game

By Micah Friez / March 18, 2024

The exhibition started at noon on March 18 and continued until 5 p.m. on March 23. When the contest finally, mercifully, triumphantly ended 125 hours after opening tipoff, more than two dozen Beavers had a new record to behold.

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Boys & Girls Club unites with Bemidji State in mission to serve Bemidji’s youth

By Micah Friez / March 14, 2024

Every day, the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area is flooded with kids. And welcoming them with open arms are some of Bemidji State University’s finest.

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Mark Backlin helping 80,000 patients and counting in medical missions to Ecuador

By Micah Friez / March 1, 2024

Mark Backlin, a 1979 Bemidji State University graduate, has facilitated over 70 medical missions to over 220 Ecuadorian communities in the past 16 years. He and his teams have helped more than 80,000 patients with sometimes basic, yet often life-changing, care.

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Pong Yang, son of Vietnam War refugees, afforded newfound opportunities at Bemidji State

By Micah Friez / February 20, 2024

Pong Yang’s journey to Bemidji State University truly began with his parents, Tom and Michelle, who were refugee survivors of the Vietnam War. Their determination was the “spark” that made Pong want to attend college, and he described donors as the ones who help ignite that passion.

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