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Joan Berntson displays a quilt and snowshoes that will be part of the bidding for the Sept. 18 Oak Hills Christian College auction. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Oak Hills Christian College auction will benefit ministry

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Joan Berntson is vice president for advancement at Oak Hills Christian College. But her connection to the college goes back to the 1960s when her father, Dave Smith, was on the faculty.

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Now, as part of her job involves fundraising, Berntson remembered a benefit auction held at the college. After some research, she discovered the auction was open only to staff members and their families.

"My sister bid on and won a box of baking supplies," she recalled.

That memory was bright enough that Berntson decided a communitywide auction would bring in donations and money, as well as bring Oak Hills and the general community closer together.

"It's going to benefit all three branches of Oak Hills," she said. "Oak Hills Christian College, Camp Oak Hills and the Center for Indian Ministry."

The auction will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Camp Oak Hills on Lake Marquette near the college campus at the end of Oak Hills Road.

"We have such interesting things," Berntson said, noting that the college continues to accept donations.

Unique items include a hand-pieced and hand-stitched quilt by Emmy Storholm and a bat signed by Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy for the inauguration of Target Field. The bat was sent as an apology for a Twins game ticket mix-up. Other items include a set of 50 state commemorative quarters in 24 carat gold in a rosewood box, an Allis Chalmers tractor, a John Deere tractor and trailer, snowshoes, a 1994 Mercury Marquis, a Luger pistol and Oak Hill student desks. Lunch will be available on site - sloppy joes, hotdogs, bars and coffee. Berg Auctions will manage the auction, and merchandise for sale is online at bergauctions.com.

"We're hoping it will not only be a fundraiser but also a positive community event," Berntson said.

Y mmiron@bemidjipioneer.com

Joan Berntson is vice president for advancement at Oak Hills Christian College. But her connection to the college goes back to the 1960s when her father, Dave Smith, was on the faculty.

Now, as part of her job involves fundraising, Berntson remembered a benefit auction held at the college. After some research, she discovered the auction was open only to staff members and their families.

"My sister bid on and won a box of baking supplies," she recalled.

That memory was bright enough that Berntson decided a communitywide auction would bring in donations and money, as well as bring Oak Hills and the general community closer together.

"It's going to benefit all three branches of Oak Hills," she said. "Oak Hills Christian College, Camp Oak Hills and the Center for Indian Ministry."

The auction will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Camp Oak Hills on Lake Marquette near the college campus at the end of Oak Hills Road.

"We have such interesting things," Berntson said, noting that the college continues to accept donations.

Unique items include a hand-pieced and hand-stitched quilt by Emmy Storholm and a bat signed by Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy for the inauguration of Target Field. The bat was sent as an apology for a Twins game ticket mix-up. Other items include a set of 50 state commemorative quarters in 24 carat gold in a rosewood box, an Allis Chalmers tractor, a John Deere tractor and trailer, snowshoes, a 1994 Mercury Marquis, a Luger pistol and Oak Hill student desks. Lunch will be available on site - sloppy joes, hotdogs, bars and coffee. Berg Auctions will manage the auction, and merchandise for sale is online at bergauctions.com.

"We're hoping it will not only be a fundraiser but also a positive community event," Berntson said.

mmiron@bemidjipioneer.com

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