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Living Briefs for April 7, 2013

4-H youth advance to regional bowl

BEMIDJI – The 4-H Project Bowl is patterned after the television show, “College Bowl.”

It challenges teams of three to six youth on their knowledge of 4-H project areas such as dairy, dog, general livestock, horse, poultry, rabbit and wildlife.

Eight Beltrami 4-H teams competed at the Regional competition and five teams are advancing to the State Competition on April 20 in Foley.

The Project Bowl is the second largest 4-H event in Minnesota following the Minnesota State Fair.

4-H youth celebrate wildlife week

BEMIDJI – On March 23, 36 youth in the Beltrami County Shooting Sports and Wildlife project met to celebrate National Wildlife Week.

Workshop sessions were presented by Shelley Gorham and Justin Pitt of the DNR, and Rock Horton of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Members of Bemidji State University Wildlife Society and Brian Hiller Professor of Biology at Bemidji State University assisted the discussion.

Topics covered GIS mapping to evaluate wildlife habitat, specifically those of whitetails, ruffed grouse and wild turkeys.

Youth also snow-shoed around the fairgrounds in search of wildlife.

The event was part of an ongoing project for developing a thoughtful, long-term plan for wildlife habitat on the Beltrami County fairgrounds and will be displayed at the new Forestry Education Center.

PBC announces Youth Tour winner

BEMIDJI – Paul Bunyan Communications has selected Tanyssa Olafson as the winner of the cooperative’s 2013 Youth Tour Essay Contest. She will attend the 2013 Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 1-5, with all expenses paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.

The trip features an overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecom, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions affect the industry.

The tour allows youth to meet with members of Congress who represent rural constituents. They also participate in educational sessions about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Students will visit historic sites, including the war memorials, the Smithsonian Museums and a tour of Washington.

This is the 17th year that Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school junior to the Youth Tour.

Masonic honors awarded

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Masonic Lodge 233 recently presented a 50-year pin and certificate to Brother Christopher Siler and Brother Bruce Atwater of Bemidji.

Lodge 233 also acknowledged two new Masons on March 20.

Masonic rings from Jim and Mary Southham were awarded to the new Masons, Ted Falk and John Seegmiller.