CRI hosts Aug. 20 safety council session on personal safety

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation will host a safety council presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 20, focusing on personal safety and self defense.

The program, presented by the Northern Minnesota Safety Council, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CRI, an off-campus facility located at 3801 Bemidji Avenue North. A $25 fee will be charged to cover the price of materials and lunch. Advance registration is encouraged in order to guarantee lunch and materials. Lunch cannot be guaranteed if reservations received less than two days in advance of the presentation.

This session is designed to enlighten you to become aware of the potential violence in everyday life and what you can do about it. Presenting will be law enforcement veteran Larry Trogstad, who has worked with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department.

Trogstad will touch on dangers in the workplace, at home, while driving, in parking lots and more. He will provide many handouts and resources to help increase awareness of potential dangers.

The session is part of a monthly series sponsored by the CRI and the Northern Minnesota Safety Council and designed for those professionals who are responsible for the safety of their organizations. Offered the third Wednesday of each month, they feature experts from around the state discussing a variety of topics related to safety.

Groups on the Bemidji Area Safety Council helping organize the monthly safety presentations include Bi-County CAP, Beltrami County, North Central Door Company, Potlatch and Tri-Valley.

Individuals who wish to be added to a mailing list for the series or have questions should contact the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation at (218) 755-4900; toll free, (888) 738-3224; e-mail,; or at

Aug. 20
– 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation hosts Northern Minnesota Safety Council presentation, “Personal Safety and Self Defense.” Presenter: Larry Trogsad, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department. Location: CRI; 3801 Bemidji Ave. N.; Bemidji, Minn. Cost: $25, includes materials and lunch. For information: (218) 755-4900; (888) 738-3224;