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.
Members of the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless members Mike Bredon, Keni Johnson and Carolyn Jacobs recently attended the Red Lake Tribal Council meeting to say thank you for kicking-off fundraising efforts. The coalition visited Red Lake at the November Council meeting and after a short presentation the council voted unanimously to support the effort with a $5,000 grant. Pictured are Nameless Coalition members Bredon, Johnson and Jacobs receiving a $5,000 check from Red Lake Tribal Treasurer Annette Johnson. For more information on the Nameless Coalition, call (218) 751-6201.
Nearly 30 students from Ponemah School recently had the opportunity to learn about the wood duck, as part of their summer school program. The students were provided background knowledge on the wood duck and their nesting habits. The students also learned how to take accurate measurements, involving both area and surface area, before being given the opportunity to construct their very own nesting box. Students are pictured with their finished products. The class was instructed by Terry Belanger.
Steve Caron, Bemidji Lions Club president, recently presented a $200 donation to Janna Schultz, development coordinator and Penny Echternach, director of Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota.
A $400 donation was recently presented to Suzie Takle of Special Olympics by president Steve Caron, president of the Bemidji Lions Club.