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--PULLOUT--Local volunteers recognized

BEMIDJI -- RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) has recognized Dianne Gerhardson as a "Someone Special Volunteer."

Gerhardson volunteers regularly at Sanford Medical Center. She also makes weighted therapy blankets for Sanford, completing more than 1,000 blankets since 2009. She enlisted the sewing talents of a group of women from the Blackduck Presbyterian Church. Gerhardson is also a volunteer at the Pregnancy Care Center in Bemidji.

Adult Day Service has recognized Frances Kiefer as a "Someone Special Volunteer."

Kiefer volunteers at Adult Day Services weekly, helping with various activities and delighting participants with her quick wit and lively comments.

The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way recognize "Someone Special Volunteers" who have made significant contributions to the community.

To nominate a volunteer, or for more information, contact the United Way of Bemidji Area 444-8929,, or visit their website