Faith in Action volunteers recently attended the spring training luncheon on May 11 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hackensack. The theme was "Our Volunteers Make Waves." Volunteers gathered to enjoy a beach-themed picnic lunch. Executive director Theresa Eclov spoke about program updates, policy changes and the cultural diversity created by the high rate of poverty in our communities. Guest speaker Pam Manthei, of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, spoke about the importance of having your information organized as you age, just in case, sort of like a legal life preserver.
February can be the harshest month of a northern Minnesota winter. But it can also provide some great photography moments. And this past February didn't disappoint as Pioneer multimedia journalists Maggi Stivers and Jillian Gandsey took advantage of this short month (with even an extra Leap Day) for some great photography. Look for this "Photos of the Month" feature every month in the Pioneer.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Friday. Drugs 12:47 a.m. A 30-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were arrested during a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 2 and Adams Ave. NW for controlled substance charges. Warrant 9:58 a.m. A 32-year-old woman was arrested in the 3900 block of Irvine Ave. NW for a warrant. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Saturday. Warrant
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently welcomed the new owner of Country Kitchen, Damian Poxleitner. Country Kitchen is a family restaurant, owned and operated locally since 1973. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is located at 728 Paul Bunyan Drive NW. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Russ Moen, Colleen Schulke, Cindy Todavich, owner Damian Poxleitner, manager Chelse Fischer, ambassadors Brian Bissonette, Benita Dingman and Chad Harding.
Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated Watermark Art Center gallery, gift shop and offices on their new location located at 505 Bemidji Ave N. Watermark is a member-supported, nonprofit art organization featuring work by regional and national artists. They provide exhibits, workshops, programming and art for sale. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the visual and literary arts in the area. Contact them at (218) 444-7570.
Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated AutoZone on its new business. It is the leading auto parts retailer. Visit the company at 1727 Paul Bunyan Drive NW or call (218) 210-6020. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Mya Beaulieu, Cindy Todavich, store manager Amy Martel, ambassador Karl Bleser, commercial manager Hailey Jones, ambassadors Russ Moen and Jerry Downs.
Reader E. Jourdain Jr. submitted this photo of fireworks over Bemidji during the Fourth of July events on Saturday. You can submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Faith in Action for Cass County participated in the poster session at the Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey in Duluth on June 15-16, as a recipient of a Community Services and Community Services Development grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The Odyssey event showcased grantees and hundreds of service providers in two full days of workshop and poster sessions, keynote speakers and networking opportunities. Pictured is Theresa Eclov, executive director, with the Faith in Action poster session at the Age and Disability Odyssey.
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 Bemidji Community Food Shelf has nominated Don MacKinnon and Pam Johnson as Someone Special volunteers. The Food Shelf Farm is manufacturing raised-bed garden boxes. Don MacKinnon designed and supervised the construction of these gardens. He set up the production process at the Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) and trained the DAC clients to build the boxes.
The Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club recently provided the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area members with a unique "show and tell" opportunity. Auto Club members welcomed club youth to sit and mock-drive their vehicles while telling stories and history of the cars. Auto Club members answered questions and showcased more than 20 pristine condition classic cars from five decades dating back to the 1920s. The Auto Club also presented a donation of $250 and a dozen Auto Club members took a tour of the Boys & Girls Club.