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Bemidji State to Co-Sponsor 2012 Northern Minnesota Safety Conference

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Feb. 27, 2012) — Registrations are being accepted through Tuesday, March 13, for the annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Evangelical Convenant Church in Bemidji.

The conference is designed to benefit anyone looking to develop and improve their knowledge of contemporary safety issues.  Business owners, those in management and employees will find break-out sessions that have information to help improve your company, department or personal skills.

Registration for the event is $75.  Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, and participant materials.

Jay Gubrud will present the morning keynote speech entitled, “Speed Traps, Pot Holes and Idiots,” and Carol Brotski of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will present the luncheon keynote entitled, “How Safe am I?,” an on and off the job look at your safety habits.

The morning and afternoon sessions will each feature a number of breakout session topics including First Aid/CPR, how to keep training interesting and fun, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration updates.

Topics for the afternoon breakout sessions include electrical safety, ergonomics, and work zone safety inspections.

The conference also includes exhibition space for vendors and businesses to display safety equipment, materials, or services.

To register for the conference online go to and click on course offerings.

The Northern Minnesota Safety Conference is presented by Bemidji State University, Optivation, Minnesota Safety Council and Northern Minnesota Safety Council. Additional support is provided by Sanford Health, Northcenral Door Company, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Workplace Safety Consultation, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Communications, Otter Tail Power Company, and Potlatch.

For more information about the conference contact Optivation at (218) 755-4900 or

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.