Center for Researc and Innovation & Custom College

April, 2007

Volume 5, Issue 4


New Web Address for CRI and Custom College
Our website has a new address!  With the alignment of the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation and Northwest Technical College Custom College, our web address has changed to Although both the new and old address will work for the next month, make sure you change the address in your browsers favorites folder.

Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) Wraps Up Spring Series
Historical re-enactor David Berg will present “Zebulon Pike’s Mississippi River Expedition of 1805” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3. Zebulon Pike traveled to Minnesota 202 years ago, and his expedition led to the first Indian treaty in Minnesota, which helped establish Fort Snelling at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Pike also searched unsuccessfully for the source of the Mississippi, an effort that helped to determine the United States’ boundary after the Louisiana Purchase. The series wraps up with “Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness” on April 10 and “The Symphony in the 21st Century” on April 17The full schedule is in the ALL newsletter online.

What is “Crucial Documentation”?
The Regional Employer Support Network will host “Crucial Documentation:  What to Document, Why it Matters, and How to do it” on Thursday, April 5 from 9am to 11am.  Presenting will be Susan Kaplan, human resources manager with Potlatch Forest Products Corporation, Bemidji; Kathy Newell, human resource director for North County Health Services, Bemidji; and Michelle Lasha, director of human resources with North Country Business Products, Bemidji. This session is designed for those who are required to document performance of staff members as part of their job responsibility.  Business owners, managers and supervisors will benefit from this free informational session to be held at the CRI.  The full schedule of RESN sessions is online.

Strengthen Your Safety Program and Enhance Your Skills
In conjunction with the Minnesota Safety Council and MN OSHA, the Northern MN Safety Council is hosting the second annual Northern MN Safety Conference on Wednesday, April 11 at Concordia Language Villages Spanish Village.  The conference will feature several speakers and break out sessions from private consultants, local experts and MN OSHA Consultation.  One speaker will be Mr. Garry Kroft, Senior Safety Specialist at S & N Consulting, Ltd. In Maple Grove, MN.  Click here for more information including draft schedule and speaker list. 

What is Endangered in Minnesota?
“Minnesota’s Endangered Species Act and List” will be presented at the CRI on Monday, April 16 at 3pm. Minnesota’s Endangered Species Law affects a wide variety of natural resources and land use activities throughout the state. Presenting will be Richard Baker, acting supervisor, Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Division of Ecological Services, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul. Baker will review the components and implications of this law and discuss current plans to revise the state’s list of endangered, threatened and special concern species.  He will provide those attending with copies of the law, associated rules, current list and proposed changes to the list. The presentation is designed to be of interest to both resource managers and the general public. The full schedule is available online.

This summer….Catch up, get ahead or explore something new!
Plans for summer learning 2007 at Bemidji State University are well underway, with more than 500 courses and workshops to choose from.  Summer courses at BSU can provide you with a great opportunity to catch up with courses, get ahead in your educational plans or explore new interests.  If you have an employee, friend or someone in your family who could benefit from the BSU summer experience, be sure to tell them about “The Lake.  The Learning. The Life.”  Also, don’t forget about the many online study opportunities offered through BSU.  Course schedules and registration information are available online at

Learn to Preserve, Identify, Recover and Document Computer Data
In this 2-Day computer forensics training session, individuals will learn the fundamental principles and concepts in computer forensics. The topics include: the differing data file structures, the procedure of discovering and preserving evidence, and methods of searching and retrieving evidence using software tools. Related legal procedures and reports are also discussed briefly.  Participants will conduct a minimum of 1 hands-on practice case during the training session.  Once completed, this training session will allow a basic understanding of the process, policies, and software needs to conduct a computer forensics analysis.  More information and registration forms are available online. Classes will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation on June 5 and 6.

The Center for Research and Innovation Custom College along with the NW Minnesota Regional Small Business Development Center provide a full range of business and career services. The Minnesota Small Business Development Center program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Department of Employee and Economic Development, and sponsoring centers. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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