Navy Seaman Recruit Sean D. Feia, son of Gary A. and Theresa M. Coan of Bemidji, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Feia completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.
BEMIDJI -- Brigid's Pub recently was named one of Minnesota's 12 Best Bars outside the Twin Cities by Thrillist.com, an national online review company. Others on the list include the Blue Moose in East Grand Forks, Black Water Lounge in Duluth, The Veranda Lounge in St. Cloud, Brew Ales and Eats in Perham and more. In its description of Brigid's, Thrillist.com said: "Sometimes when you're up in North-central Minnesota, you just need to get your Irish on, and this place is exactly where you can do just that."
The Minnesota State Horticultural Society 12th District recently awarded the annual Crystal Leaf Awards at its fall meeting on Oct. 11 in Cass Lake.
Three ladies were crowned last weekend in Bemidji. Tia Ellies of Balsam, Minn. and a student at BSU was crowned the new Miss Bemidji. Kailee Ogden of Warroad and a student at University of Minnesota-Duluth will serve as Miss Northern Lakes. The Miss Northern Lakes Outstanding teen will be Hannah Sorenson of Bemidji and a student at Trek North. All three advance to the state competition. These pageants are official preliminaries in the Miss America Organization.
Recently, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, represented by Dispatch Supervisor Beryl Wernberg and Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel, were visited by the members of the Bemidji Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union employee's as part of their "Plus it Forward" campaign. Even the smallest acts of kindness can have positive ripple effects and can add up to something great, organizers said in a release. When you do something nice for someone else, you can significantly improve their day and inspire them to help others. Visit www.plusitforward.org to print a plus it forward card.
Harmony Co-op recently hosted the Bemidji Master Chef Challenge during its Fall Festival Celebration. Concordia Language Villages took on Harmony's Good Food Deli in a challenge where each team was tasked to create a three-dish meal to serve a free community meal to 200 people; an entree, a side dish and a dessert. The main ingredients came from three area farms: the Stauffer family farm of Clearwater Woodcraft in Leonard provided the produce, longtime family owned Kadejan Free-Range poultry farm in Glenwood provided chicken and Harold Frenzel Farms donated eggs.
The Bemidji Lions Club will be the host club for the 2017 5M Lions Convention, the 100th year of the convention. Pictured from left to right are Steve Caron, Bemidji Lions President; Dave Wall, Sanford Center; and Wayne Tieman, 2017 Convention Chair. The convention will bring Lions from Minnesota, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario in April 2017 to Bemidji and the Sanford Center.
Michael Holleman, director of culinary development with INHarvest, recently spent the day at Northern Elementary, assisting the food service staff of Jody Strowbridge, Karen Ophus, Sue Sorensen and Jenna Brown, preparing chicken quesadillas with quinoa for the students' lunch. Holleman has been working with the Bemidji Schools for several years, introducing new recipes and preparation techniques. Through the "Chefs Move to Schools Program," Holleman spends one to two days per month in the Bemidji schools, sharing his expertise.
Watercolor class scheduled BEMIDJI -- A watercolor class titled "Wonderfall" will take place at 1 p.m Oct. 24 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Students will paint and mat a Northwood's fall scene, they may bring a photo of a personal scene to work from. No experience is required and all materials are provided. The instructor will be Marion Caroline.
Pet Fixers recently surpassed 1,000 spays and neuters. Pet Fixers-Spay/Neuter Program is a local 501(c)(3) with the mission to financially assist income eligible individuals and families in spaying and neutering their pets. Eleven clinics have been hosted since it's inception in 2012. For more information visit www.petfixer.org .