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NTC offers 10-hour OSHA course

Northwest Technical College will offer a 10-hour course on OSHA Construction Safety from 4:30-8:30 p.m. March 23, 24, and 25, in Room 317 at NTC.

The cost for the three-day session is $180.

The course, offered through the OSHA Training Institute, is designed for private sector personnel interested in developing safety and health programs in the construction industry. Special emphasis is placed on areas in construction that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. Each student will receive an OSHA Training Institute course completion card.

Participants will be taught to locate and apply OSHA safety and health standards, policies and procedures; utilize OSHA standards and regulations to supplement an ongoing safety and health program; identify common violations of OSHA standards and propose abatement actions; describe appropriate abatement procedures for selected safety hazards; and conduct effective internal training on OSHA regulations.

For more information, contact Richard Lehmann, NTC Custom College office manager, at 333-6656 or

First National Bank of Deerwood seeks to sponsor a high school student from Brainerd, Bemidji or Crosby-Ironton to attend BestPrep's Minnesota Business Venture program this summer.

Interested students can obtain an application by stopping in at First National Bank of Deerwood or by visiting the MBV program page at

MBV is hosted by the G.R. Herberger College of Business and takes place at St. Cloud State University July 11-16 and at the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at St. John's University July 25-30.

It is designed for students who are seeking career direction, interested in starting their own business or interested in learning and meeting new people.

Students at MBV work in "companies" led by business professionals who help facilitate and mentor them. Students listen to speakers on a variety of topics such as finance, ethics, marketing and international business.

Participants also take part in mock interviews, improve networking skills and participate in breakout sessions led by industry experts.

Students stay in the college, experiencing college life first-hand.

Those selected for MBV will each receive a program sponsorship. They will only be responsible for a $125 registration fee (the fee increases to $175 after April 23). Additional financial assistance is available.

For details, contact Emily Tohal, Minnesota Business Venture associate, at 763-398-0090, ext. 230, or

Eighth-grader Mariah Graves correctly spelled two successive words to win the 2010 St. Philip's School Spelling Bee.

Sixth-grader Brody Wilander placed second.

Students in grades 5-8 took a written spelling test in January to be eligible to compete in the Spelling Bee. Fifty-eight students competed in the first oral round and 15 advanced to the final competition on Feb. 18.

Mariah will receive a $50 savings bond and a dictionary. Brody received a gift certificate.

The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, has announced its 2010 grant and scholarship opportunities.

The BAAE will award $5,000 to schools, nonprofit groups or arts organizations in the Bemidji area.

A maximum of $1,000 may be requested to produce an arts event, organize a workshop, develop an arts organization, sponsor touring arts events or sponsor an artist in residence. Applicants that are not schools or 501(c)3 organizations must use a fiscal agent.

The Everett Wilimek Endowment for Orchestral String Studies will grant two $250 scholarships this year.

The fund was established by Wilimek's family to honor his memory, his love of music and his dedication to helping young musicians. Each year the fund provides scholarships for young people from the Bemidji area, ages 8-15, to study violin, viola, cello or bass, helping to pay the costs for lessons, training and instrument rental.

Applications for the BAAE grants and Wilimek Scholarships are available at the Bemidji Community Art Center, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, the Region 2 Arts Council and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, located at 4225 Technology Drive N.W.

Postmark deadline for the application is April 1.

For details, contact Patt Rall at 755-8942 or

The Region 2 Arts Council has scheduled a Mentor Training Workshop for professional artists in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Clearwater counties.

The workshop will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the community room at Beltrami Electric Cooperative, located at 4111 Technology Drive N.W. in Bemidji.

Participation fee is $10. The deadline to sign up is March 19.

Fosston artist, teacher and mentor Ric Sorenson will conduct the workshop, which is designed for artists who would like to provide one-on-one mentorships with students in grades 8-12.

Area students are currently submitting grant applications to fund professional artists for their time mentoring. The grant funds are available from the Legacy amendment passed in November 2008. The R2AC encourages professional artists of all disciplines, from woodworkers and writers to dancers and sculptors, to attend this workshop.

Mentoring provides students with exposure to the real-world experience of being a successful artist, allows them to hone their skills in a safe, creative environment, and encourages them to expand their minds and abilities in the world of art.

To sign-up, visit the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. For details, call 751-5447 or e-mail