THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Region 1 and 2 Knowledge Bowl teams recently competed at the regional competition held on March 17 in Thief River Falls. The regional champions advancing to the state competition, scheduled for April 9-10, at Cragun's in Brainerd were Bemidji, first place; Warroad, second place; Thief River Falls, third place; Fosston, fourth place and Bagley, fifth place. Additional schools competing in the regional competition included East Grand Forks, Greenbush/Middle River, Tri-County, Lake of the Woods, Red Lake Falls, Crookston, Norman County East, Stephen Argyle Central, Clearbro
Friends and Family are invited to attend the 80th birthday celebration of Lawrence (Larry) Gerhardson. An open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Northern Town Hall, 445 Town Hall Road, NW.
The office of enrollment services at Valley City (N.D.) State University recently announced that Jasmin Yerbich, daughter of Cathy Dahlman and Victor Yerbich of Bemidji, has been awarded a VCSU V-500 Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Yerbich graduated from Bemidji High School in 2013.
JW Smith Elementary kindergarten students recently made a donation to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, and Sanford contributed a matching amount per student. Pictured (from left) are Keith, holding the yellow check; Mary Mitchell, BCFS manager; Aubrianna, Jaser, Art Gullette, BCFS board member and Kein.
A total of 56 people volunteered to donate blood, and 45 were able to give during Bemidji's blood drive on March 9. Fifteen people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine, which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 60 products were collected. Every community and everyone within each community has a stake in an adequate blood supply. Blood will be available only because of blood drive sponsors, coordinators and volunteer donors.
The Bemidji Archery Club recently donated $500 to the Bemidji 4-H Archery Program. Beltrami County 4-H youth are busy all year, and youth learning and advancing their skills in the Archery Project are no exception. The continued support of 4-H community partners such as the Bemidji Archery Club allows this program to provide and maintain equipment and facilities for the youth to practice and build their skills and confidence. The Bemidji Archery Club leases space for their winter range at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, December through April.
The Bemidji Cooperative Association recently donated to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, as part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Pictured are Galen Teichert, general manager of the Bemidji Cooperative Association, presenting a check to Mary Mitchell, manager of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.
Karl Bleser, Bemidji Rotary Club president, presents a $750 donation to Pat Rice, chairman of Bemidji Area Friends of Concordia Language Villages Essay Contest, and Denise Phillippe, director for staff development, Concordia Language Villages. The money will be used as a scholarship for a student to attend a full week at one of the Concordia Language Village Camps this summer.
Scott Turn and Lori Paris, representatives of the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival core committee, present Bemidji Rotary Club President Karl Bleser with a check for $4,500 from the proceeds of the 2014 festival. The Bemidji Area Chamber and Bemidji Rotary Club, founding organizations of the of the annual Dragon Boat Festival, each realized net proceeds of $4,500 from the event. In addition, the Dragon Boat Festival paid out $9,000 to other community non-profit organizations from the proceeds of the event.
The Bemidji Sunrise Rotary was recently involved in a dictionary project, distributing dictionaries to all third-graders within the Bemidji school district. This is the eighth year the Bemidji Sunrise Rotary club and High School Interact Club have given dictionaries to third-graders and the fifth year every third-grader in the Bemidji area received at dictionary.