The Northwest Minnesota Foundation Board of Directors and staff recently hosted a donor appreciation dinner to recognize individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the foundation's endowment or charitable funds that it manages. More than 100 people gathered March 26 at the Hampton Inn in Bemidji to celebrate the philanthropic spirit in northwest Minnesota.
Bemidji Area Toastmasters recently announced Kim Nagle as winner of the local Club International speech and evaluation contests on Feb. 25. Nagle advanced to first place in both categories at the Area 41 Toastmasters contest that took place in Grand Forks, N.D. on March 28. Nagle's speech was titled, "Complicated Lives." She also competed at the division level in Fargo, N.D. on April 18. Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year, thousands of Toastmasters around the world compete in the humorous, evaluation, tall tales, table topics and international speech contests.
BEMIDJI— Friends of Sanford Health in Bemidji awarded $1,500 scholarships each to 10 area students pursuing careers in a health-related field. Funds for the scholarships are from profits of the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Gift Shop.
Tickets are now available for 98-year-old Leonard Anderson's latest rug creation at the Blackduck Presbyterian Church. The drawing will be held at the fall dinner.
Bemidji's own Babe City Rollers flat track roller derby league hosted the Babes of Thunder from Thunder Bay, Ont., for a roller derby Border Battle on April 11 at the Sanford Center. In recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, proceeds from the bout benefited Support Within Reach. Pictured are skaters and league volunteers from the Babe City Rollers delivering a donation check to Support Within Reach staff. The mission of Support Within Reach is to reduce the impact and harm of sexual violence for families and individuals in the communities they serve.
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf took in $135,472 and 40,042 pounds of food during the 2015 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, exceeding its goal for funds by $25, 472. Donations from the community alone totaled $106,472, and a $29,000 grant from the George W.
To spur the development of next-generation advanced manufacturing professionals, the Gene Haas Foundation announced $75,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors seeking a post-secondary degree in machining and advanced manufacturing technologies. Many students find the economic challenges in today's economy make it difficult to enroll without scholarship assistance.
Marketplace Foods recently made a donation to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota in support of the Foundation's Heart Center of Excellence Fund. In celebration of National Heart Month in February, Sanford Health partnered with Marketplace Foods for its "Eat to Beat" heart disease campaign to raise awareness of heart health and healthy eating. Marketplace matched donations from patrons during the month of February to the Foundation. Pictured from left to right are Mike McNeil, Marketplace Foods store director, and Penny Echternach, Sanford Health Foundation director.
Eleven students from BSU will share the results of their academic efforts at the Fourth Annual Minnesota Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity, April 13 at Winona State University. The conference is open to any undergraduate student at one of Minnesota's seven state universities who is engaged in collaborative or independent research, scholarly or creative activity, and is sponsored by a faculty member. BSU student participants are listed by their name, year in school, major and project title: • Devan Bierbrauer, senior, english, creative/professional writing; "Bones o
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., recently toured the Leech Lake Tribal College's New Library Facility and had an opportunity to speak with current students about the impact the library is having on them. Leech Lake Tribal College Student of The Year, Audrianna Goodwin, who will intern for Nolan this summer in Washington D.C., was among the students present. Pictured are Goodwin and Nolan.