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Bemidji Pioneer Business Briefs for December 23

Beltrami Electric delivers winter gear

BEMIDJI – Beltrami Electric recently delivered donated mittens, hats and scarves to area children as part of 12th annual Mitten Tree campaign.

Overall, 392 items were distributed to approximately 670 students enrolled in seven Head Start and Early Child Family Education programs throughout the Cooperative’s service area.

Image Photography holds fundraiser

BEMIDJI – Image Photography recently held the Santa Paws fundraiser with the Beltrami Humane Society, raising $600 for the local animal shelter.

In the fundraiser, Image Photography took holiday photos in exchange for donations to the Humane Society.

Cermak wins national service award

BEMIDJI – Celeste Cermak of Real Living First Realty received the Premier Service Diamond Award from President Harley E. Rouda Jr.

She was awarded for providing superior customer service to home buyers and sellers in Bemidji.

To qualify to become a Premier Service Diamond award winner, Cermak had to receive a minimum 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. She received a customer satisfaction rating of 100 percent.  

Morgenstern-Loch receives LSS award

BEMIDJI – Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has honored Darlene Morgenstern-Loch, of the LSS Senior Nutrition program, with its  2012 CEO Leadership Excellence Award.

Presented annually, the award serves as a tribute to employees who demonstrate the finest of LSS values through their exceptional leadership, integrity and commitment to the mission and vision of the organization they serve.

“Darlene is dedicated to finding support for our Senior Nutrition services and has carved out a new role as the primary fundraiser for northwestern Minnesota,” said Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “She’s especially devoted to the well-being of older adults and it’s an honor to recognize her.”

Honorees received awards in mid-November at the organization’s Senior Leadership Forum.


BSU offers certification training

BEMIDJI – Bemidji State University’s Optivation venture is offering Building Operator Certification Level II training intended for managers of large buildings or other facilities.

Online registration is required by Dec. 31. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Jan. 4 at Northwest Technical College’s Sustainable Environmental Technologies Center. Refreshments will be provided.

Building Operator Certification is a nationally recognized competency-based training and certification program that provides facilities managers with the knowledge to make workplaces more comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The program trains facilities personnel to understand how a building’s electrical, lighting, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems work together, and how to bring those systems to their most efficient level of operation.

Participants will earn 6.1 continuing education units. The tuition fee is $1,200, which must be paid prior to the first day of class. The training includes nearly 60 hours of classroom and project work in building systems operation and maintenance.

For details, call 755-4900 or email     

New shareholders added at WSN

BEMIDJI – Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates added three new shareholders Dec. 1 to the company’s management structure.

As shareholders, mechanical engineer Eric Jendro, land surveyor Chris Jordheim and civil engineer Pete Sarberg each are designated as vice presidents.

Jendro has been with WSN since 2002 and is responsible for designing HVAC and plumbing systems, conducting energy analysis studies, performing load designs, sizing ductwork and piping, selecting equipment, reviewing shop drawings and prior approval requests, performing field observations, and coordinating with other disciplines for quality control. He is a LEED-accredited professional.

Jordheim joined WSN in 1997 and oversees all of WSN’s North Dakota survey operations. He is responsible for estimating, research, client contact, preliminary calculations for field crews, daily review of field work, and field observations. Jordheim is the president-elect for the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

Sarberg has 28 years of hydraulic, drainage and stormwater management experience. He has been with WSN for 20 years and leads the firm’s water resources division. Sarberg is responsible for water resources engineering studies and design, including hydrologic analysis, stormwater management, storm sewer design, bridge hydraulics, scour analysis, structural recommendations and watershed district engineering. He is technical adviser on the city of Alexandria’s stormwater management committee.