SUBSCRIBE NOW AND SAVE 3 months just 99 ¢/month

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Bemidji State student government votes to ban sales of plastic water bottles on campus

BEMIDJI - The student government at Bemidji State University this week unanimously passed a bill to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. The BSU Student Senate voted to become the first college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities s...

BEMIDJI - The student government at Bemidji State University this week unanimously passed a bill to ban the sale of plastic water bottles.

The BSU Student Senate voted to become the first college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. Two non-MnSCU campuses in Minnesota -- Macalester and the College of Saint Benedict -- already have done so.

Student senators Alex Miller and Seth Hofland, both seniors, put forward the bill with the aim of fostering environmental sustainability and access to free water rather than commercial water.

BSU already offers cost-free non-disposable water bottles via its "Free Store," and has water fountains designed for filling bottles throughout campus.

Former student Sen. Dan Rekuski voiced his opposition to the bill, saying it would infringe on personal liberty by imposing the senators' environmental beliefs on others.

ADVERTISEMENT

Miller said the bill bans only the sale of bottle water on campus, not possession of bottled water.

The BSU administration must also approve the Senate bill.

Related Topics: ENVIRONMENT
What to read next
Not much is known about the individuals, aside from authorities believing they are a family of Indian nationals, and part of a larger group apprehended in northern Minnesota, about 6 miles east of Pembina.
According to a release from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the bodies of an adult man, woman and infant were discovered at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The body of another male, believed to be a teenager, was discovered shortly thereafter. All of the victims were located approximately 40 feet from the U.S./Canada border.
The senator said that while he was privy to more details of the case, he could not provide specific details and referred further questions to Groszhans’ family.
Charles “Bud” Sedlachek was born in Jasper, Minnesota, in 1938, died of congestive heart failure in Brainerd at 83 on Jan. 3. The Crow Wing County farmer loved John Deere equipment, so a John Deere tractor led the funeral procession and he was buried in a custom-ordered John Deere casket.