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United Way of Bemidji Area announces fundraising total, award winners

The 2011 campaign for the United Way of Bemidji Area generated $392,001.93 to help partner agencies which focus on education, income and health, the organization's leaders announced Tuesday night at its annual Victory Dinner.

The campaign marked the 25th anniversary for the local United Way, which had set a goal of collecting $420,000 in donations last year.

In December, Executive Director Tanya Hasbargen said the United Way was short of its goal and asked area businesses and residents to help bridge the gap. She said a slow local economy impacted donations to the United Way and partnering agencies.

In its 25 years, the United Way of Bemidji Area has received nearly $7.1 million in donations.

At Tuesday's event, several businesses and organizations were recognized for supporting the United Way. The following awards were announced:

Presidents PLUS PLUS Award (corporate gift of $10,000 or more)

First National Bank Bemidji

Presidents PLUS Award (corporate gift of $5,000-$9,999)


Knife River Materials

Norbord Minnesota, Inc.

RiverWood Bank

Presidents Award (corporate gift of $1,000-$4,999)

Ameripride Services

Bemidji Co-op

Dondelinger GM

EAPC Architects


Ken K. Thompson Jewelry

Kraus Anderson Construction

MasTec North America Inc

North Country Business Products

Northway Insurance

Otter Tail Power Company

Paul Bunyan Communications

Potlatch Lumbermill

Renaissance Hearing Center

Sanford Health Healthcare Accessories

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota

Security Bank USA


Wells Fargo Bank

Director's Awards

Gold Award (more than 70 percent employee participation and more than 9 percent increase from the previous year's campaign)

Pinnacle Publishing

Rural Minnesota CEP

AmeriPride Services Inc

Silver Award (more than 60 percent employee participation and more than 6 percent increase from the previous year)

North Country Business Products

First National Bank Bemidji

Dondelinger GM

Bronze Award (more than 50 percent employee participation and more than 3 percent increase from previous campaign)

Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji Area

Paul Bunyan Broadcasting