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.
Pictured in front of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are the Northern Lights Corvette Club of Fargo. The group drove to Bemidji with their corvettes on Oct. 1 to enjoy the fall colors as well as a tour of Bemidji Brewing. Club members Lloyd and Virginia Holy of Bemidji hosted the event.
On Oct. 1, area children joined the Watermark Art Center at the Paul Bunyan Mall to create fun, fall art projects. The art center's table was part of the Day for Arts and Education sponsored by the Paul Bunyan Mall. Watermark was one of several arts organization participating at the event. "We had so much fun working with kids for this event," said Emily Enger, Watermark communications director, "This craft was one in a series of several kids projects that Watermark has undertaken this summer as we expand our programming to include more hands-on opportunities for families."
A total of 49 people volunteered to donate blood, and 39 able to give during Bemidji's blood drive held Sept. 23. Five people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine that collects two units of red blood cells which resulted in 44 total products. Six people volunteered for the first time.
The Bemidji Lions hosted a free children's vision clinic Oct. 3 at Sanford Eye Services. More than 40 children attended the clinic and eyeglasses were provided at no charge to children in need by Walman Optical. Opticians and technicians from Sanford Eye Services and Cass Lake performed the exams. Registration was conducted by the First City Lions. The clinic was part of Vision Awareness week, which concluded with Lions Vision Awareness football game, BSU vs. Northern State on Saturday. A $1,500 donation for scholarships was presented at the game.
BEMIDJI—Jennifer Tinkler of Bemidji recently returned from the national Maui NP+PA dermatologic fall conference. This leading educational meeting allows attendees to bring back the most current knowledge, skills and emerging treatments, from national experts, to their local communities on a wide array of dermatologic conditions for all ages. Tinkler is certified by the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Association and practices at Dermatology Professionals in Bemidji. For more information, call (218)444-3998.
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Mi Rancho on the restaurant's significant remodel. Major renovations have been completed in the dining space of the authentic Mexican restaurant, located at 677 Anne St. NW, Suite A.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Tara Bemidji on its new business located at 401 Beltrami Ave. NW. Tara Bemidji is a limited service restaurant offering authentic Thai food with local craft beer. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. They are can reached at (218) 444-8222.
Marketplace Food and Drug recently gifted $5000 to the Northland Regional Shooting Sports Fund. The funds will be support of the Northland Regional Shooting Sports Park project and new home to the Bemidji High School Trap Team. The park will include rifle, pistol, trap, skeet, and 5-stand sporting clays ranges providing opportunities for men, women, youth and families to participate in a wide range of shooting programs including the Bemidji High School Trap and Skeet program.