BEMIDJI — Jennifer Martinson and Trent Eineichner of Real Living and local Homes for Heroes affiliates in Bemidji recently announced how much Homes for Heroes has helped local service heroes over the past year. A total of $19,742 was returned to the Bemidji community in 2014. Additionally, the foundation nationally did the 12 miracles of Christmas and one needy family in the area received help from the Homes for Heroes Foundation to make Christmas a little easier. Homes for Heroes is a national program that has given back more than $3.8 million nationally.
The Voyageurs Area Council's Northern Lakes District held its annual awards banquet Jan. 10 at Methodist Church in Bemidji. The district was honored with the presence of Elaine Hansen, David Johnson, David Nolle. The event honors dedicated adults who have made significant contributions to the council, district or in their local units. Colleen Mayer, of Turtle River, was awarded the District Award of Merit for 2014, an award for the outstanding service to youth on the district level. Spark Plug awards are honors given for exemplary service to units and the district.
Willow Wood Market recently presented the 14th annual Harvest Festival with all proceeds from food sales going to the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. The Harvest Festival raised $2,165 for the club, thanks to Willow Wood Market owner Bonnie Lundorff, a longtime supporter and past board member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, as well as numerous volunteers.
Northern Artist Association meeting BEMIDJI -- The Northern Artist Association meeting will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. Cathy Marchand and Kay Murphy will be representing the Friends of the Carnegie with a presentation will on "The Historic Carnegie Library Restoration Project." The presentation will include both powerpoint slides and handouts. The public is invited to attend. Estate planning for artists workshop set BEMIDJI -- An estate planning for artists workshop will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan.
The Jaycees recently made donations to local organizations for their help with the 2014 Bemidji Jaycees Fourth of July Water Carnival. Relay for Life of Beltrami County received $500. Jaycees pictured are Twila Bolte, RST, Crytal Hegg, Ryan Thomas, Stacey, Eva Fisher, Carrie, Char Blashill and Levi. Relay reps pictured are Angie Brennan, Wanda Roff, Amanda Willis, Jodie Swenson Kroeger, Cathy Nash, Brenda Carter Billings and Bernie Brennan.
The Board of Directors of the Mississippi Headwater Blood Bank Inc. recently voted to donate $8,100 to the Bemidji American Legion Honor Guard. Pictured is Carol Berg, chair, presenting the check to Legion Commander Bob Aitken. Pictured from left to right are Honor Guard members with board directors Joe Forbes, Bill Pagel, Carol Berg, Bob Aitken, Norton Berg, Leander (Goose) Peterka.
President of Bemidji Rotary Club Karl Bleser (left) recently presented a check for $500 to Brian Ophus of Wounded Warriors Guide Service, a nonprofit organization that provides disabled veterans with outdoor recreational activities to help the healing process.
BEMIDJI -- A total of 33 Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members recently came from around the state to attend the annual Winter Survival Weekend near Bemidji, hosted by Northland Composite Squadron. The Winter Survival Weekend was created in 2003 with two goals; to teach members to live in extreme cold weather conditions while learning basic winter survival skills and to teach members to conduct search operations in winter weather conditions. On the Friday night, personnel were driven to Grant Creek Horse Camp west of Bemidji and hiked into the woods in small teams.
Vincent and Amelia (Aspinwall) Flocken are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on Feb. 18, 1950. A celebration will take place at from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Pike BayTown Hall.
Prairie St. John's was honored to have Larry Aitken and Athena Aitken present to staff on Native American Cultural Competency. Both Larry and Athena are enrolled members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Larry is currently the endowed chair of American Indian Studies at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids where he is professor of history, philosophy and Ojibwe language. Pictured (from left) Monica McConkey of Prairie St. John's, Larry Aitken and Athena Aitken.