A statewide coalition of advocates for racial equity, Voices for Racial Justice, has recognized State Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, with their "Champion for Racial Equality" award and an A plus grade for his work to end racial inequality in the 2013-2014 legislative session. Members of the group Voices for Racial Justice include a diverse coalition of labor, business, religious, and social organizations, and individuals of every race community in Minnesota, including members of the Native American, African American, Latino, and Asian American communities.
The Stars of Life biennial celebration will honor two Sanford AirMed paramedics at its award ceremony Feb. 23 in Bismarck, ND. The celebration is held to recognize and reward individuals who epitomize the mission of emergency medical service Among the nine recipients, Colton Belmore and Rodney Wirth are both paramedics with Sanford AirMed. Sanford AirMed is an air ambulance service that provides medical transport for critically ill or injured patients. Sanford AirMed operates a fleet of four helicopters and four airplanes. Sanford AirMed has a base in Bemidji.
Bemidji Area Reading Canines (BARC) was named the 2015 winner of Minnesota's Touchstone Energy Community Award. They received the award on February 18, during the Minnesota Rural Electric Association's annual meeting in St. Paul. BARC was selected from among all the local award winners throughout the state for the special honor. Volunteers from the organization accompanied by therapy dogs received the honor in front of an audience of electric cooperative directors and CEOs.
Lion Zone Chairman Mel Milender presented a $300 donation on behalf of the Bemidji Lions Club to Jerry Wohlers from Camp Confidence. Persons with developmental disabilities enjoy year round recreation and outdoor education at the camp near Brainerd.
A math competition to test skills of students in grades six through eight was recently held on Feb. 6 at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls. The competition is administered nationally by "The National Society of Professional Engineers" and locally by "The Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers". Northland Community College hosts the event as volunteers from Northland and MnDot staff the event and administer the test. There were eight teams registered from around the area with a total of 61 students competing. This year trophies were given to the top 10 individuals.
BEMIDJI -- Steve Palmer has been promoted to president and CEO of North Central Door in Bemidji. He previously served as the company's general manager He will be assuming the position held previously by Steve Holley, who retired at the end of 2013. Palmer has been general manager of North Central Door for eight years and has been in charge of all phases of day-to-day operations of the company. He has been instrumental in leading the successful growth and expansion of North Central Door since moving into the new facility, constructed in 2007.
Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated American Family Insurance Shannon Miller Agency on its relocation to 1425 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, Suite 1. They are an insurance agency specializing in auto, home, business and life insurance plans. They can be reached at 751-5351. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Brian Bissonette, Sylvia Wildgen, office manager Jessica Hansen, sales specialist Jared Dornbusch, owner and agent Shannon Miller, agent in training Julie Kaiser and ambassador Jerry Downs.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated First Realty Real Living on its relocation to 512 Paul Bunyan Drive NW. They have been specializing in helping buyers and sellers in their real estate needs since 1958. Visit their website at www.firstrealtybemidji.com or call at 751-2511. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Brian Bissonette, Cindy Todavich, realtor Jerry Vargo, owner and broker Doug Fuller, ambassadors Jerry Downs and Russ Moen.
FOSSTON -- Grant Coauette, a former Bemidji-area chiropractor, recently returned to Essentia Health in Fosston after spending several weeks at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, where he began advanced training as a physician assistant student. Coauette is one of 33 students from a 15-state area to begin the clinical portion of the Physician Assistant Program at UND. He will continue the educational program under the supervision of Dr.
Security Bank USA recently donated $250 from its Casual Day Fund to the Village of Hope. Pictured are Sandy Hennum, executive director of Village of Hope, and Sarah Bakka, Security Bank USA bookkeeper.