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Business Briefs for April 7, 2013

Knife River donates materials to BGC

BEMIDJI – Knife River Materials’ Northern Minnesota Division provided over 1,200 tons of class 5 gravel, usage of heavy equipment and staff to prepare the future parking lot on the east side of the Boys and Girls Club facility last August.

The $30,000 contribution allows the Boys and Girls Club to reallocate money saved directly to programs and services for the club’s 500 youth members.

Knife River Materials provides aggregate, asphalt, building materials, cement, construction services, liquid asphalt, ready-mix concrete and more construction-related products and services in northern Minnesota.

“We also thank Freeberg and Grund Inc., a civil engineering and environmental services company in Bemidji,” Jim Lucachick, Boys and Girls Club board member and building committee chair said in a news release issued in late March. “Freeberg and Grund prepared and provided the site plans, aerial photographs and staked out the land in preparation for Knife River Materials to provide their resources and services.”

Affordable Care Act session planned

BEMIDJI – The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center is offering a workshop to help understand the changes that the Affordable Care Act brings to small businesses in the northern Minnesota region.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the American Indian Resource Center on campus at Bemidji State University.

The cost to attend is $10 a person or $25 for a company with three or more attendees. Students are admitted free with a valid ID.

The session will include information of a variety of topics related to the Affordable Care Act, including health insurance exchanges, insurance taxes, the mandate for certain employers to provide quality health coverage to employees and employer requirements to enroll employees in health coverage and report that data to the federal government.

To register, contact Amanda Nygaard at the Northwest Small Business Development Center at (218) 299-3037 or

For details, call the Northwest Small Business Development Center at 755-4255.

NMF establishes shooting sports fund

BEMIDJI – The Northland Regional Shooting Sports Fund was recently established with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation to support programs, projects and activities that support firearms training, marksmanship and public shooting range development in the greater Bemidji area.

The fund consists of an endowment portion for youth programs as well as a project fund component to raise funds through tax deductible contributions for large projects. The fund came to fruition through the combined efforts of the Bemidji Area Shooters Association, Bemidji Trap and Skeet Club, as well as a private contribution.

Other funding needs may include firearms safety courses, hunter education, and law enforcement certification.

To make a secure online donation visit or call Lisa Peterson at 759-2057.