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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gala event helps keep history alive in Beltrami County

Last month the Beltrami County Historical Society held its annual fall fundraising gala. On behalf of the board of directors, I’d like to thank everybody who helped make it a success.

First and foremost, the attendees. We were all thrilled to see such a great turnout, which translates directly into historical preservation and education that benefits the residents and visitors to our area. Some of the projects the proceeds will help fund include partnering with Bemidji State University to help commemorate their upcoming centennial anniversary, coordinating with tribal colleges to provide internship opportunities for local students, engaging with the community to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a series of events across town, and joining with the Minnesota State Historical Society and our counterparts in counties throughout the region, to stimulate and inspire.

There were also many individuals and institutions that helped make the event possible, getting the word out, donating raffle prizes and selling tickets.

Lastly, I’d like to recognize the board of directors at BCHS who work tirelessly to ensure that the story of our county will continue to be told and passed down to future generations. We’re particularly indebted to our fundraising committee: Steve Caron, Jim Aakhus, and Terry Holter, though each and every one helped make the night a success.

Thank you, Beltrami County, for your investment in history. We hope you visit the Great Northern Depot soon and take advantage of the programs and exhibits you helped support.

Gary Rozman, Bemidji, is executive director of the Beltrami County Historical Society.