By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer BEMIDJI — Over the years, the Bemidji community hasn’t celebrated with much fanfare Veterans Day - originally set to recognize the World War I armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Members of the Bemidji Elks Lodge 1052 set out to change what they see as a lack of appreciation for veterans with applause, handshakes, free drinks, food and a patriotic program Saturday afternoon. “One of the Elks’ missions is never to forget the veterans,” said Shirlee Walker, a lodge member.
By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer BEMIDJI – A dozen or so years ago, Bemidji community members in need of food and lodging were basically invisible. At the same time, nonprofit agencies were poorly coordinated in their efforts to help. The response was to organize HAHAW, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, to educate the general public and raise money for assistance to people in need. This year, the awareness week started Saturday and runs through next Saturday.
By Molly Miron Special to the Pioneer RED LAKE - “Keep all the memories, but don’t mourn,” Henry Skywater told participants starting out on the last segment of their 250-mile journey from Spirit Lake, N.D., to Red Lake. Skywater, a Dakota from the Birdtail Reserve in Manitoba, is leader of the Tatanka Chante And Those Loved Ones Who Left Us Memorial Unity Ride.
Eight Bemidji businesses rely on a feature of the federal Small Business Reauthorization Act to help them compete with much larger companies. But the feature - the Historically Underutilized Business Zone - that gives these businesses a competitive edge, is set to expire Saturday, Oct. 1, if Congress fails to recertify it. The HUBZone requires companies contracting on federal projects to give the small businesses opportunities to bid on subcontracts.
For many years, John Eggers, educator and public speaker, has contributed a weekly column to the Pioneer. Now, Eggers has published a book of excerpts and selected essays from his material titled "More Than Just Words." "I went through all of my writings for the last 20 years, and I picked what I thought people would enjoy reading," Eggers said.
Candidates competing for the District 3 seat on the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners held a short forum during the Beltrami County Farm Bureau annual meeting Friday evening at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. District 3 consists of 13 rural townships and the villages of Solway and Wilton. Richard Anderson is a Solway area farmer, former Bemidji School District teacher and administrator and Lammers Township Board member. Scott Winger of Pinewood, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy, scheduled to retire at the end of October. The two men are running in a special election Nov.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved unanimously Tuesday grants of $10,000 per year for the next three years to support youth activities for youngsters served by social services. "Kids involved in activities tend to have better outcomes at school and at home," said Jeff Lind of Beltrami County Health and Human Services. The program will start immediately with children served by Health and Human Services and the Truancy Tracker Program. He said many youth in poverty can't access activities because they can't afford the equipment or lessons or have no transportation to after-sc
The Beltrami County Board on Tuesday welcomed a presentation concerning the revamped Joint Economic Development Commission. JEDC Interim Executive Director Marcus Wiechmann, President Lynette Nieuwsma and Investment Committee Chairman Paul Welle described the JEDC's new goals and directions and the plans to hire a full-time director. Wiechmann said the transition committee is made up of seven members to chart the new strategies: E To encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. E To grow, attract and retain talent. E To develop and access economic development incentives. E To market and re
Early childhood social and emotional health can affect children their whole lives. This understanding has led about 20 professionals from the fields of health care, education, human services and nonprofits to collaborate in the Minnesota Thrive Initiative under the leadership of Jean Christensen, psychologist with Great River Psychological Services and Thrive Action Team manager. "Thrive is really all about children's mental health birth-to-3," Christensen said.
"Awesiinyensag Dibaajimowinan Ji-Gikinoo'amaageng," a monolingual Ojibwe book for young readers, was chosen by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to represent Minnesota this year in the National Book Festival. "Awesiinyensag Dibaajimowinan" or "Animal Stories," named Minnesota's Best Read, is a set of stories originated by Ojibwe first speakers to entertain children, teach them the language and culture with modern, fun, humorous stories.