Bemidji Sunrise Rotary hosted a blood drive with United Blood Services on Jan. 4 at the United Methodist Church. Pictured are Rotarians Scott Nyegaard and Butch Pfremmer during their volunteer shift at the registration table. A total of 46 blood products were collected for a successful blood drive.
Voyageurs Expeditionary School advisors Troy Johnson and Deb Risberg brought students to the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) Stars Fall Leadership conference held at Camp Ripley from Nov. 9-10. Stars stands for success, teamwork, achievement, recognition and self esteem, the five pillars the student leadership program is designed on, a release said.
Pastor Aaron Nitz of St. Mark's Lutheran Church presents a check for $419 to Mary Mitchell, executive director of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. Freewill donations were collected for the food shelf during a luncheon following the Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital at St. Mark's in August.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated The Skin Company & Spa on the expansion and remodel of the business located at 802 Paul Bunyan Drive SE, Suite 8. The spa offers skin and body services with a goal of providing the latest developments in skin care using powerful, pure ingredients. Contact them at (218) 444-0700.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji office of Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., one of the Midwest's oldest and largest commercial general contractors and construction managers, has hired Tom Tessier as a project engineer. Tessier had served as a project engineer intern for KA since 2013. He received his bachelor's degree in project management from BSU and studied industrial technology at Wright Technical Center in Buffalo, Minn.
The Neilson Place veterans were honored Oct. 20 with a Kentucky Fried Chicken meal and cake. The meal was sponsored by the Harold Baggenstoss VFW 1260 and the Auxiliary. A band of volunteers played and sang. Serving the meals were Don and Janey Haugen, Bruce Malterud, Chuck and Lois Brown, Kelly and Margaret Booge, Ruby Wiese, Duane Bundy, RiCae Wiese and Patty Teufer. The event was organized and hosted by Duane H. Bundy.
Bemidji State graduate Duane Carlson has been inducted into the Centennial Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service for his years as both a teacher and a coach from 1969 to 2007. The Centennial Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award honors those individuals who have a longstanding history of service to the district, which serves the towns of Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington and Lino Lakes. After graduating from BSU in 1969, Carlson began a 38-year career teaching math at Centennial.
Ambassadors recently visited the new Kohl's, 1401 Paul Bunyan Drive NW. The department store offers products in bed and bath, women and men's clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Penny Echternach, Kirk Malkowski, Sylvia Wildgen, Jerry Downs, Noemi Aylesworth, store manager Ian Teganvoort, assistant store manager Matt Hofmeister, ambassadors Barb Treat, Cindy Todavich, Nora Shanahan and Benita Dingman.
WALKER—Cass County has named Mike Paulus as the new director for its Economic Development Corp. Paulus started in the position this week, and he will lead "the county's efforts to foster and encourage best practices in economic development activities that provide for quality job creation and sustainable employment opportunities, increased business tax base, and improved quality of life for all citizens."
Pierce earns scholarship LAPORTE—Kari Pierce, a 2016 Laporte School graduate, recently received a $500 scholarship from Orlin Harbugh Foundation. Pierce is attending Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn., and is studying agriculture. Each year, the foundation gives $500 to 10 students studying agriculture.