Harmony Co-op recently hosted the Bemidji Master Chef Challenge during its Fall Festival Celebration. Concordia Language Villages took on Harmony's Good Food Deli in a challenge where each team was tasked to create a three-dish meal to serve a free community meal to 200 people; an entree, a side dish and a dessert. The main ingredients came from three area farms: the Stauffer family farm of Clearwater Woodcraft in Leonard provided the produce, longtime family owned Kadejan Free-Range poultry farm in Glenwood provided chicken and Harold Frenzel Farms donated eggs.
The Bemidji Lions Club will be the host club for the 2017 5M Lions Convention, the 100th year of the convention. Pictured from left to right are Steve Caron, Bemidji Lions President; Dave Wall, Sanford Center; and Wayne Tieman, 2017 Convention Chair. The convention will bring Lions from Minnesota, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario in April 2017 to Bemidji and the Sanford Center.
Michael Holleman, director of culinary development with INHarvest, recently spent the day at Northern Elementary, assisting the food service staff of Jody Strowbridge, Karen Ophus, Sue Sorensen and Jenna Brown, preparing chicken quesadillas with quinoa for the students' lunch. Holleman has been working with the Bemidji Schools for several years, introducing new recipes and preparation techniques. Through the "Chefs Move to Schools Program," Holleman spends one to two days per month in the Bemidji schools, sharing his expertise.
Watercolor class scheduled BEMIDJI -- A watercolor class titled "Wonderfall" will take place at 1 p.m Oct. 24 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Students will paint and mat a Northwood's fall scene, they may bring a photo of a personal scene to work from. No experience is required and all materials are provided. The instructor will be Marion Caroline.
Pet Fixers recently surpassed 1,000 spays and neuters. Pet Fixers-Spay/Neuter Program is a local 501(c)(3) with the mission to financially assist income eligible individuals and families in spaying and neutering their pets. Eleven clinics have been hosted since it's inception in 2012. For more information visit www.petfixer.org .
Blood drive coordinator, Megan Vilmain and the Student Senate of BSU sponsored another successful blood drive, Oct. 1-2. A total of 101 people volunteered to donate blood and 75 were able to give. Twenty-four people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine, which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 97 products were collected. Fifty-three persons gave blood for the first time. The Student Senate was also responsible for registering donors and providing refreshments.
Northland Composite Squadron awarded C/MSgt. Hannah Rogers of Bemidji the Cadet of the Year Award at their annual Dining Out and Awards Night on Oct. 11. Her sister, C/MSgt. Sarah Rogers received the Cadet of the Year Runner-Up. Pictured with Hannah and Sarah is Maj. Ken Hartwig giving the awards.
MAHNOMEN -- Bill Marsh has been named the new general manager for the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen, Minn. Mindy Iverson has been named as the assistant general manager. Marsh is a member of Michigan's Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and has more than 14 years of professional and executive level experience in Indian gaming. Iverson has been the Human Resource Director for Shooting Star Casino since 2008.
Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated Always There Staffing on its relocation to 2522 Hannah Ave NW. The business offers employment services and builds partnerships with client companies. They offer temporary, temp-to-hire, direct and professional replacements and can be reached at 444-6533.
Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors congratulated the new owner of True North Health Care, 521 Minnesota Ave NW. Diane Pittman, the new owner, practices integrated medicine, including acupuncture. For an appointment, call 308-0294. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Cindy Todavich, Penny Echternach, Barb Treat, owner Diane Pittman, and ambassadors Sonja McCollum and Paul Diehl.