BACKUS—The Cass County Economic Development Corp. recently announced it now meets the Accountability Standards of the Charities Review Council. The standards are used to assess if a nonprofit organization meets the highest quality of standards regarding nonprofit governance, finance, fundraising and public communication. To meet these standards, the policies and procedures of the Cass County EDC were thoroughly examined by the Charities Review Council.
BEMIDJI—Sara Labraaten of Bemidji recently was selected for the President's Club award by State Farm Insurance Companies. Labraaten was ranked in the top 20 out of more than 18,700 State Farm agencies. The President's Club award is given to agencies that demonstrate continued entrepreneurship and the ability to meet customers' broadening expectations, according to a release, and Labraaten was honored for her community commitment, leadership, and business excellence. Labraaten is an agent in Bemidji and is ranked as the No. 3 agent in the country for State Farm Insurance Companies.
BEMIDJI—Michael Rasch has been named vice president for enrollment management at Oak Hills Christian College and Kerin Hanson has joined the college as an admissions counselor. Rasch will lead the admissions department as well as provide oversight into the financial aid and athletic departments.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Evolve Creative on its relocation to 481 Mag Seven Court SW, No. 3. Evolve Creative is a design agency that offers web design, web development, print and logo design and can be reached at (218) 444-8327 or online at www.evolve-creative.com . Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Barb Treat, Sylvia Wildgen, designer Kat Allen, web developer Dan Moe, graphic designer Mychal Waldorf, owner Sarah Hokuf, web developer Aric McGriff, ambassador Bryce Oakes.
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited the new TNT Tastery located at 414 Beltrami Ave. TNT Tastery offers scratch made baked goods featuring cheesecake, pastries and other sweet tastes. TNT will also have a lunch menu including soups, salads, and sandwiches on homemade bread. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Russ Moen, Benita Dingman, Barb Treat, Cindy Todavich, owners Teresa Haak and Tony Mensen, ambassadors Nora Shanahan, Colleen Schulke, Lisa Engman, Jerry Downs.
The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way recognize "Someone Special Volunteers" who have made significant contributions to the community. Churches United has nominated Char Espe and Merrylynn Wenaas as a Someone Special volunteers. Char Espe has been a volunteer with Churches United since 2012. She is a powerhouse of energy. She can and does everything the job requires including interviewing, helping to get the clients items they need, organizing the office and donations received. She even changed the sink faucets!
LITTLE FALLS—Monroe Crossing, world-class bluegrass entertainers, will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 29 at Great River Arts, 122 SE First Street in Little Falls. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available by phone or online at $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals, according to a press release.
Friends and family are invited to an 84th birthday celebration for Walter Moen from 2 to 4 p.m. May 23 at the Rainbow Room at Havenwood Care Center, 1633 Delton Ave. NW.
Security Bank USA recently donated $250 from its casual day fund to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Pictured from left to right are Linda McDonald, Security Bank operations manager; Jill Yost, Autism specialist for BRIC and representing the MS Society and Debbie Larson, Security Bank bookkeeper.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Northland Community and Technical College recently announced the 2015 Student of the alumnus of the year. The Alumnus of the Year is Dean Dalen. Dalen graduated from Northland Community College in the spring of 1976 with an associate of arts degree. While a student at Northland, Dalen was a tutor for the math department, participated on the tennis team and helped teach cross-country skiing.