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Bemidij Pioneer Business Briefs for September 2

Essentia of Bagley welcomes physician

BAGLEY – Essentia Health-Bagley Clinic has added Dr. Evans Magambo to its team in family medicine.

Magambo will provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages. He will use his diverse background of experience to promote overall health and wellness to individuals and their families.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and completed a family medicine residency at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. He has more than seven years of medical experience and has previously worked as a medical doctor in several Kenya hospitals, including The Nairobi Hospital, St. Mary’s Mission Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital.

Magambo currently serves as a volunteer medical doctor for the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration and World Vision.

A Bagley resident, Magambo enjoys fishing, swimming, hunting and spending time with his family.


Cost Cutters moving to new location

Cost Cutters in Bemidji is moving. It will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday in its new location at 1500 Bemidji Ave. North, next to Erbert’s and Gerbert’s.

The styling salon has been located at the Simonson Center at 1500 Hannah Ave. NW for the past 10 years.

“We’re all excited,” said Cassie Francisco, owner-manager of the salon. “I think this is going to be an awesome plus for us.”

The Francisco Day Spa is being discontinued and will not move to the new, smaller location, Francisco said. Otherwise, the staff and services will remain the same.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Beltrami Electric seeks nominations

BEMIDJI – Beltrami Electric is seeking applications for the Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes individuals, businesses, nonprofit and community groups that have shown a strong commitment to the community.

Anyone who has helped make their community within the areas served by Beltrami Electric a better place to live and work is eligible for the award.

The recognition comes with a $500 cash prize, to be donated to a community service project of choice. Community members may nominate an individual, group, association or business.

The application will require a description of the project, program or event and the positive impact it brought to the community. Completed applications must be received at Beltrami Electric by Oct. 29.

The award recipient will be announced Nov. 2, and will then contend for the statewide Touchstone Energy Community Award, which has a cash prize of $1,000, donated to a charity of choice. The state award winner will be recognized at the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in February.

Minnesota Touchstone Energy® cooperatives are part of a national alliance of more than 700 rural electric cooperatives that adhere to the values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

For information and to download an application, visit