Beltrami Electric Cooperative recently delivered donated mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to area children as part of its annual Mitten Tree campaign for the 15th straight year. This season, a record 710 items were collected and distributed to students enrolled in seven Head Start and Early Child Family Education programs throughout the cooperative's service area. This is the second straight year a record for donations was established; last year's total was 645 items.
Leo and Eileen Gothman recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 19.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative recently selected Bemidji Area Reading Canines (BARC) the winner of the local 2014 Touchstone Energy Community Award from a great pool of worthy nominations. The recognition comes with a $500 cash award and a plaque. The BARC program was created to help school-aged children feel comfortable reading aloud to a nonjudgmental audience, which in this case are well-trained therapy dogs. The students are encouraged to read to the dogs, while they lie next to them and provide comfort and companionship, in what could be an otherwise nervous atmosphere for some children.
Potlatch recently invested $2,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area's annual business campaign, Partners for the Future, and qualifying them for gold partner status. Since 2005, Potlatch has invested $15,000 in supporting academic, health and leadership programs for more than 500 club youth. Pictured from left to right are Pete Aube, Potlatch plant manager and Dalton, a club teen.
Red Lake Alcohol Rehabilitation Prevention Program, an alcohol and drug abuse prevention program using culturally specific treatment and prevention methods for youth and families on the Red Lake Reservation, was honored as one of eight 2014 Circle of Excellence Award winners by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on Dec. 15 in St. Paul. Pictured from left to right are Salena Beasley, Mark Kingbird, Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Kristy Lilley-May, Karen Barrett and Tom Barrett.
First City Squares of Bemidji held a graduation celebration for two students on Dec. 9. Pictured in the front row are Nevaeh Pierce and Camron Pierce and in the back row are club president Denise Houle and caller and instructor Royce Nelson.
A 90th birthday celebration for Jean Nyquist will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 29 at Tamarack Court Activities Room, 1511 Delton Ave. No local invitations have been sent and no gifts please.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated TJ Design Studio on its new owner and relocation to 809 Paul Bunyan Drive South. They offer computer sales and support, photography, graphic and web design and marketing and can be contacted at 444-4936.
Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated the Bemidji Axemen on the business's relocation to 1425 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, No. 4, as well as their new owner, Ross Ladehoff. The Bemidji Axemen are the Indoor Football League team for Minnesota and the team is dedicated to bringing fun, fast-paced and family friendly entertainment to northern Minnesota.
Photos with Santa, Photography by Trish and Noemi Aylesworth of First Realty donated $430 for the All Inclusive Playground spearheaded by the Bemidji Rotary. Pictured are Karl Blesser, Rotary president, and Noemi Aylesworth.