Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited The Least of These Boutique, located at 310 Fourth St. They are a social change boutique and art studio whose mission is to inspire individuals to use their time and talents to create positive change in the community and in the world. Contact them at (218 ) 308-6255. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Barb Treat, Penny Echternach, co-founders Jen Kovach and Jen Anderson, ambassadors Benita Dingman and Karl Bleser.
GRAND FORKS—Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment with a retail location in Bemidji, recently announced the planned expansion of its corporate headquarters in Grand Forks. The project includes a newly constructed addition that will feature a new entrance, executive offices, boardroom, a large employee training room and a new employee lunchroom.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Thursday. Warrant 3:46 p.m. A 25-year-old female was arrested on an outstanding warrant on the 51000 block of Wind Flower Drive. Burglary 1:56 p.m. A burglary was reported on the 11000 block of Battle Road Northeast in Blackduck. Assault 1:16 p.m. A 33-year-old female was arrested for fifth-degree assault and fifth degree controlled substance on the 4300 block 15th Street Northwest.
Fifty cadets, including Nathan Hodapp, nephew of Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, recently graduated from the 56th Minnesota State Patrol Training Academy at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota. For 16 weeks, 15 hours a day, the cadets demonstrated their mental and physical toughness to eventually become part of the Minnesota State Patrol. Nathan Hodapp is the son of Capt. Lori Hodapp and retired Sgt. Mat Hodapp.
Jen Carver, Sertoma treasurer, and Ken Cobb, Sertoma president, recently presented a $3,000 check to Bemidji Rotary Club President Karl Bleser in support of the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground. This represents the first installment of a $6,000 commitment by Sertoma to the Inclusive Playground, a playground specially designed for children of all abilities to enjoy. Pictured from left to right are Carver, Cobb and Bleser.
Kovacovich named Peace Scholar at Luther College DECORAH, Iowa—Luther College junior Katie Kovacovich, of Bemidji, has been selected as Peace Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year. She, along classmate Emily Holm, with will spend seven weeks this summer studying peace and conflict resolution in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway.
The Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly was recently held at Concordia College in Moorhead on May 17-18, the local ELCA Lutheran churches along with the Bemidji Food Shelf won the Holy Mackerel Award for outstanding work in a community when it comes to hunger.
May 2015 has been named mental health awareness month. Mayor Rita Albrecht, proclaimed this during the Bemidji City Council meeting on May 18. Pictured from left to right are Jim Aakhus, Mayor Rita Albrecht, Lora Bertelsen. Aakhus and Bertelsen were present on behalf of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness Northwoods Bemidji chapter.
BEMIDJI — 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. The Beltrami Humane Society has nominated Engress Clark as a Someone Special volunteer.The Beltrami Humane Society cares for and finds homes for companion dogs and cats. The organization depends on volunteers to help socialize the animals and assist with sanitation activities. Clark has been volunteering for several months and is a very dedicated helper.
Since 1993, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) has recognized the contributions of individuals and organizations in northwest Minnesota. Sixty-nine excellence awards have been given, which includes an unrestricted grant from the Foundation to the nonprofit of the recipient's' choice. This represents $69,000 in grant-making to our partners to develop assets in our communities and improve the quality of places throughout the region.