TransCanada Northern Lakes Area recently made a donation to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota in support of Bloom the Boutique at Sanford. The boutique provides Sanford patients who are diagnosed with cancer, or other life-altering conditions that result in hair loss, with a complimentary wig through the boutique's Strength and Style program. The boutique also offers scarves, hats and inspirational items at a minimal cost. Anyone interested in supporting the Foundation may do so by contacting the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota at (218) 333-5515.
The University of Nebraska Alumni Association has announced the winners of the 2015 Nebraska Writing Contest. Judy McDonald, a former BSU Dean, won second place in the category about favorite professors. She wrote about a political science professor at University of Nebraska Lincoln whose influence spread across her entire career and into the lives of many of her students. She received a prize of $250 and her essay will be published in an upcoming issue of Nebraska Magazine.
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. Support Within Reach has nominated Ida Brooks and Kendra Washington as Someone Special Volunteers. Brooks has only been a volunteer for six months, but she has contributed more than 300 hours on the crisis line and in the office.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Cass Lake held a fish feast on June 14, 2015 to benefit the Cass Lake Food Shelf. Two hundred and fifty people enjoyed crappies and walleyes that were fried by the men of the church. Baked beans, coleslaw, chips and buns were served along with bars prepared by the women. Fifty pounds of donated food was donated and a check for over $2,000 was presented to Pastor Mark Olson, chairman of the Cass Lake Food Shelf, by Jerry Froseth.
On June 11, Harold Sanders, local Bemidji Financial Advisor, celebrated Ameriprise's National Day of Service by volunteering at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf with his team and clients. They hoed and weeded the garden plot, restocked shelves and learned about the wonderful gifts the Food Shelf brings to our community. Pictured from left to right are Bill Beyer, LeeAnn Hess, Ronda Sanders, Terri Bentler, Harold Sanders, and Krystal Murphy.
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. Bemidji Lutheran Social Services Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition Staff has nominated Randy Hanevold as a Someone Special volunteer. Randy Hanevold started volunteering part-time in 1991 and became full time in 1995. He is a very dedicated and dependable volunteer, bringing smiles and a warm and friendly hello to all the people he serves.
On May 27, the Bagley sixth-grade class constructed 71 birdhouses in conjunction with Farm By The Lake. This project was originally scheduled to celebrate "Earth Day" on April 22, but due to cold, snow, rain and a hectic school schedule of testing and end of the year happenings, this project took place at the school instead of at Farm By The Lake.
Fifty-seven eighth grade students at Bemidji Middle School received the AAAA Award on May 26 to recognize outstanding Academics, Attendance, Accelerated Reading and Activities.
Clarence Theodore Trego and Dana Lorraine (Gunther) Trego celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 18. They are the parents of Mary (Trego) and Danny Barber of Keeseville, N.Y.; Melanie Trego of Tulsa, Okla.; Mark Trego of Bemidji; Christy Trego and Brian Gilfus of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Douglas Trego of Minneapolis; Matthew and Jamie Trego of Bemidji, and Adam and Lisa Trego of Bemidji. The Tregos lived and worked in Berwick most of their lives until October 1976, when they moved to Minnesota to start a family farm.
Serratore awarded four-year scholarship to Minnesota State Mankato MANKATO—Megan Serratore, a 2015 graduate of Bemidji High School, has been selected as the 2015 Meredith Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The scholarship award amount is $8,000 per year each academic year for four years and will pay Serratore's tuition, fees and some of her day-to-day college expenses. Serratore's selection for the prestigious award was announced by Brian Martensen, dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Science, Engineering and Technology.