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Business Briefs for March 17

Chamber taking award nominations

BEMIDJI – The Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for the 9th Annual Awards of Excellence.

Businesses or individuals can be nominated for the following categories: new business of the year, business of the year, entrepreneur of the year and wellness in the workplace.

Criteria for each category and nomination forms can be found at

Food drive set at local Walmart

BEMIDJI – A food drive will be hosted Thursday at Walmart to collect donations for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

The drive, sponsored by Nestle Purina USA, will feature a free drawing for a kids’ drivable tractor.

Donations will be accepted 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.