The Jaycees recently made donations to local organizations for their help with the 2014 Bemidji Jaycees Fourth of July Water Carnival. Relay for Life of Beltrami County received $500. Jaycees pictured are Twila Bolte, RST, Crytal Hegg, Ryan Thomas, Stacey, Eva Fisher, Carrie, Char Blashill and Levi. Relay reps pictured are Angie Brennan, Wanda Roff, Amanda Willis, Jodie Swenson Kroeger, Cathy Nash, Brenda Carter Billings and Bernie Brennan.
The Board of Directors of the Mississippi Headwater Blood Bank Inc. recently voted to donate $8,100 to the Bemidji American Legion Honor Guard. Pictured is Carol Berg, chair, presenting the check to Legion Commander Bob Aitken. Pictured from left to right are Honor Guard members with board directors Joe Forbes, Bill Pagel, Carol Berg, Bob Aitken, Norton Berg, Leander (Goose) Peterka.
President of Bemidji Rotary Club Karl Bleser (left) recently presented a check for $500 to Brian Ophus of Wounded Warriors Guide Service, a nonprofit organization that provides disabled veterans with outdoor recreational activities to help the healing process.
BEMIDJI -- A total of 33 Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members recently came from around the state to attend the annual Winter Survival Weekend near Bemidji, hosted by Northland Composite Squadron. The Winter Survival Weekend was created in 2003 with two goals; to teach members to live in extreme cold weather conditions while learning basic winter survival skills and to teach members to conduct search operations in winter weather conditions. On the Friday night, personnel were driven to Grant Creek Horse Camp west of Bemidji and hiked into the woods in small teams.
Vincent and Amelia (Aspinwall) Flocken are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on Feb. 18, 1950. A celebration will take place at from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Pike BayTown Hall.
Prairie St. John's was honored to have Larry Aitken and Athena Aitken present to staff on Native American Cultural Competency. Both Larry and Athena are enrolled members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Larry is currently the endowed chair of American Indian Studies at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids where he is professor of history, philosophy and Ojibwe language. Pictured (from left) Monica McConkey of Prairie St. John's, Larry Aitken and Athena Aitken.
BEMIDJI -- Nancy Vyskocil and Bukata Hayes have joined the board of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. Vyskocil is president and CEO of Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji. The board now totals eight members including four community members and four senior leaders of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Vyskocil joined the Northwest Minnesota Foundation as president and CEO in 2008.
The Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated Novo Dining and Drinks on its new business and new general manager, Karrie Nelson. Novo offers upscale dining featuring fresh, local ingredients and is located at 1602 Bemidji Ave N. Visit their website www.novobemidji.com or contact them by phone at 444-6821. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Betsie Curb, Becky Bergquist, general manager Karrie Nelson, ambassadors Cindy Todavich and Barb Treat.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated American Family Insurance, Todd Gabrelcik Agency Inc. on its relocation to 2502 Hannah Ave NW. Todd Gabrelcik has been with American Family Insurance for 25 years, with locations in Bemidji and Bagley, offering auto, home, commercial, business, life and health insurance. The office can be contacted at 444-5351.
BEMIDJI -- Widseth Smith Nolting, which has an office in Bemidji, recently added two new shareholders to the company's ownership group: land surveyor Chad Conner and civil engineer Tim Ramerth, each now a WSN vice president. Conner joined WSN in 1996 and currently is the director of survey operations in the Baxter-Brainerd office. He has 19 years of experience and has been a licensed land surveyor since 2002, a certified federal surveyor since 2009, and is past president of MSPS Chapter 2. Ramerth joined WSN in 2012.