This week's kickoff to the United Way of Bemidji Area's 25th annual campaign has been a rousing success. Between the pillar and pacesetter drives, the Chili Cook-Off and the Business Blitz, more than $188,000 has been raised. That puts the campaign at 45 percent of its $420,000 goal. Ninety-ning percent of the investments made to the United Way of Bemidji Area directly impact the lives of the people in the Bemidji community. Still to come are internal campaigns at various businesses in the community and additional donations from individuals.
Cheer: United Way campaign begins Congratulations to Johnny Lee Walker and Jean Baer, who will lead the 2011 United Way of Bemidji Area campaign. The theme, "I love 1986," reflects the 25 years United Way has enriched the community by supporting a wide range of agencies and endeavors. The community can get into the fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday when the annual Chili Cook Off takes place at the Paul Bunyan Mall. Cheer:?Celebrating Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Puposky marked a milestone with the 75th anniversary of the congregation Sunday.
Cheer: School garden a great success Last year, Solway Elementary School received a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program through the Minnesota Department of Health to establish a community garden. The produce augments students' diets and provides outlets for volunteers to sustain the garden.
Cheer: Local girls make generous donation Maggie Buckanaga, 12, and Mariah Dobson, 11, put a twist on the traditional lemonade stand enterprise last month. The girls donated their proceeds to the Northwoods Coalition for Family Safety shelter. The girls' generosity earned them the thanks and congratulations of the shelter board, director and guests. Cheer: Cleaning up Faculty and staff from Schoolcraft Learning Community, TrekNorth Junior & Senior High School, Voyageurs Expeditionary High School and St.
Cheer: Campus garden bountiful project Although parking space is always cramped on the Bemidji State University campus, turning an area intended to be paved over into an organic vegetable garden adds to the quality of life at BSU. The plot has room for 19 student and faculty gardens and provides the satisfaction of bountiful produce. Cheer: New school year We want to welcome students back to campus as Bemidji State University begins another school year today.
Bemidji's sixth annual Cultural Connections Celebration will be held from 4-8 p.m. today at the Lake Bemidji waterfront. It's a time for people of all ages, races, cultures and backgrounds to get together and celebrate their differences ...
Cheer: Language grants help students Federal grants gave 18 Bemidji students scholarships to the Concordia Language Villages Portuguese program. Because Portuguese is the language of the global giant Brazil, it has been designated a critical language worthy of special attention. To aim most of the scholarships at local students, most of whom would not have been able to afford attending the camp, was a nice touch. Cheer: A new home A group of Bemidjians organized a grocery buying co-operative in 1974. The grassroots business allowed for bulk buying combined with volunteerism.
Cheer: County fairs are great tradition The 105th Clearwater County Fair celebrated crafts, food, livestock horticulture and art last week. This week, it's Beltrami County Fair time starting with open class entries Wednesday. Our northern tier counties showcase the agricultural heritage of the area, encourage leadership among 4-H members and give crafters and gardeners the opportunity to show off their best work. Cheer: Playhouse scores Once again the Paul Bunyan Playhouse has provided professional theater experiences for the community and summer visitors to the area.
Cheer: Lions feed marks its 60th year The Bemidji Lions Club has been doing good deeds in the community for many years, and one of its biggest fundraisers is the Lions Fare chicken feed, which was held for the 60th time on Saturday. It's one of the many Americana events held each year in Bemidji. Upwards of 70 club members helped put on the feed. One of them was LeRoy Hill, who joined the club in 1951.
Beltrami County and the Bemidji area lost a dedicated public servant when Jim Heltzer died July 21. His wife and life teammate, Marilyn, lost her husband and best friend, and his daughters lost a dear father. Jim came to Bemidji in 1990 following an already extensive career in public service in the Twin Cities area: as Gov.