U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., recently toured the Leech Lake Tribal College's New Library Facility and had an opportunity to speak with current students about the impact the library is having on them. Leech Lake Tribal College Student of The Year, Audrianna Goodwin, who will intern for Nolan this summer in Washington D.C., was among the students present. Pictured are Goodwin and Nolan.
To spur the development of next-generation advanced manufacturing professionals, the Gene Haas Foundation announced $75,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors seeking a post-secondary degree in machining and advanced manufacturing technologies. Many students find the economic challenges in today's economy make it difficult to enroll without scholarship assistance.
Joseph Cheney and Hally Ufford would like to announce their wedding set to take place at 3 p.m. April 25 at Faith Lutheran Church of Blackduck.
The community is invited to an open house celebration of the retirement of John and Sue Tibstra of the Home Place Bike and Ski Shop from 5 to 7 p.m. April 21 at the Bemidji Brewing, 401 Beltrami Ave. NW. Stop by to congratulate them and acknowledge their many years of support for cycling and skiing in the Bemidji area.
A 93rd birthday celebration for Karel Knutson will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. April 26 in the strawberry wing of Neilson Place, located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. Friends and family are invited to join him and celebrate with cake and coffee.
Red Lake High School held its annual Spring Career and College Festival on April 2 and hosted more than 35 different colleges and businesses from across Minnesota. Melissa Phillips, Red Lake High School's Academic Dean coordinated the event. There was a high level of engagement from a vast majority of the Red Lake student body, according to a release. The career festival fit in perfectly with the new direction of the high school as it focuses on educating student according to their interests and life goals.
The Bemidji Rotary Club recently received a donation to be dedicated to the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground. The $500 memorial was made in memory of Harry and Della LaLonde by their children. Harry LaLonde was a member of Bemidji Rotary Club and served as club President from 1957-58. His wife, Della LaLonde, enjoyed Rotary social functions and trips. The donated funds were deposited into the Bemidji Rotary Foundation Fund, held at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji.
Joni Hoffmann and Tim Helmeke are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride are John and Sandy Hoffmann of Bemidji. Parents of the groom are Tim and Jackie Helmeke of Shorewood. Joni is employed in the Child Development Center at Bethel University in St. Paul. Tim is a counselor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Plymouth. The wedding will be May 30, 2015.
Sheriff Tom Burch recently announced that the Cass County Sheriff's Office received a donation from the annual Cass Lake-Bena Elementary Students and Staffs' "Penny Drive" during the month of February. Students selected K9 Yankee to be the recipient of this year's drive totaling $343.15. This includes a donation from Sanford Health for matching funds. Burch reported the donation will be used for the maintenance of the K9 program.
BEMIDJI—Paul Bunyan Communications has upgraded the communications network it has in the Lake George area, making GigaZone services now available to close to 500 locations in an area that stretches from east of Lake George west to Itasca State Park and south toward Emmaville and Two Inlets, the company said this week. GigaZone service includes broadband Internet speeds of up to 1000 mbps, or a gigabit.