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Business briefs for March 3

Local playwrights receive honor

BEMIDJI – The zombie one-act “Marriage ... After Death” by local authors Roy C. Booth and Abbey Ferrier was named one of Heuer Publication’s Top 10 Most Popular Plays for 2012.

The play premiered at The Cabin Nov. 6, 2009, was published in 2010, and has been performed all around the world since, including in Canada, Turkey and Australia.

The play’s next series of performances will be done by the John Owens Junior-Senior High School of Reading, Mich., in March. Heuer Publications, established in 1928, is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ferrier’s one-act comedy “Slaughterhouse Jive,” which originated out of Bemidji’s “Out of the Hat” 24-hour play festival, has been published and released by Heuer Publications.

Booth’s one-act comedy, “The Glover’s Mange Cure Caper” (written with former Walker-area resident Louise Bottrell) will be performed in March by the Wilton Public School of Wilton, N.D., and by the Jacksonville Theatre Guild of Jacksonville, Mo. The play was also recently performed in Biddenham, UK, and other locations.

Booth also has a horror short story, “Mortal Applications,” which appears in the recently released anthology “Rigorous Mortis: A Mortician’s Tales” published by Scarlett River Press of Edmonton, Ontario. It is available in print and electronic formats.

Melcher named to MnDOT post

BEMIDJI – The northwest district of the Minnesota Department of Transportation has appointed a new public affairs coordinator.

TJ Melcher, currently serving as the public affairs coordinator for MnDOT in Willmar, will take over the new role Monday.

Melcher, a graduate of Bemidji State University, has 13 years of media experience in broadcast and print journalism. He was a radio host on KBUN in Bemidji and spent five years with the Bemidji Pioneer prior to starting with MnDOT.

Melcher will replace Karen Bedeau, who retired Friday.

Farmers market taking applications

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Natural Choice Farmers Market is taking applications for new vendors for the coming season.

The BNCFM is a seasonal, open air farmers market that provides fresh, locally grown and harvester produce. Local arts and crafts are available for sale as well.

Prospective vendors must live within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji.

For more information and a list of current vendors to get in touch with, email Information may also be obtained at Northern Outdoors.

Area dental center receives grant

BEMIDJI – The Medica Foundation awarded a $29,150 grant to the Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center for a program to ensure dental access and follow-up for urgent care patients.

The Medica Foundation made 88 grants totaling $1.35 million to organizations throughout Medica’s service area which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.

The funding priorities for the Medica Foundation include primary care and prevention for people with disabilities, appropriate utilization of the health care system, behavioral health and early childhood health.

Pinnacle celebrates 20th year in business

BEMIDJI – Pinnacle Publishing LLC, a nationwide digital and print advertising company, celebrates 20 years in business this year.

Since 1993, Pinnacle has worked as an extension to independent and cooperative telephone companies providing service and advertising options to business customers in the printed telephone directory. They now provide digital directories and website development options for customers as well.

Pinnacle was founded in Bemidji by Paul Ledbury, general manager from 1993-2000, as a division of Northern Communications, a subsidiary of Paul Bunyan Communications.

In 2001, Pinnacle merged with St. Cloud-based competitor Independent Information Services Corporation and grew their service area.

Visit for more information.

Optivation offers courses at NTC

Optivation is offering the following courses:

Boiler Operator High/Low Pressure: This 40-hour course is intended to prepare participants to take the State Boiler Exam. The instructor will be Bob Goggleye. The course will be hosted from 4-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, beginning March 1, at Northwest Technical College, Room 314.

Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Inspector Re-Certification Course: This course will be taught by Keith Williamson on March 15 in Room 218. Limited seats are available.

For details or to register for either class, visit, or contact Richard Lehmann, Optivation office manager, at 755-4900 or

Local man wins free fuel from Cenex

BEMIDJI – Roy Blackwood of Bemidji was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks, a program that rewards people for helping their community.

The Tanks of Thanks program from Cenex, encourages people to nominate friends, family and neighbors for free fuel in exchange for good deeds throughout the community. Each month, 100 nominees are randomly selected to receive free fuel.

Blackwood was nominated for his involvement with Meals on Wheels, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf and Habitat for Humanity.

Blackwood assesses homes for Habitat for Humanity’s Brush with Kindness program and leads volunteer crews to repair homes for low-income homeowners.

To make a nomination, visit