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.
An 80th birthday celebration for Russ Fricke will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. July 11 at the Becida Bar and Grill. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Lynette Nieuwsma, chief executive officer of Beltrami Electric, presents a donation check to Joe Sawyer, mayor of Laporte. This donation helped make a new community shelter and playground along the Heartland trail in Laporte possible. At 12:30 p.m. July 11, the playground, shelter, and the new signage listing all donors to this project, will be dedicated as part of the annual Independence Day celebration.
Jack and Sharon Israelson, of Bemidji, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their children, Linda (Terry) Jackson, Brian (Mary) Israelson, Mary (Tom) Cannon, John (Mary) Israelson, Bill (Sarah) Israelson, and Patti (Jim) Israelson, along with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The weekend celebration consisted of attendance at a Minnesota Twins baseball game, family golf tournament and dinner at their daughter Patti's home in Brooklyn Park.
Tyler A. Brakner has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. Brakner will attend an officer basic course relating to his or her particular military occupational specialty or job.