Paul Bunyan Communications has selected Heather Vikre of Laporte as the winner of the cooperative's 2015 Youth Tour Essay Contest. Vikre is currently a junior at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School. She is the daughter of David and Penny Vikre and will attend the 2015 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., from May 30 to June 3, with all expenses paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.
Keith's Pizza 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 Keith's Pizza for its Eat to Beat heart disease campaign. During the campaign, Sanford partnered with six area restaurants to raise awareness of heart health and healthy eating. Keith's Pizza featured heart healthy menu items and donated a portion of the proceeds from those menu items to the Foundation.
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Voyageurs Expeditionary School on its significant expansion to its building located at 3724 Bemidji Ave. N. Major renovations have been completed to add classrooms and space for a cafeteria area. The public charter school currently has grades six through 12. Pictured (from left to right) are ambassadors Brian Bissonette and Benita Dingman, registrar and administrative assistant Jean Fjelsta, director Julie Johnson-Willborg, and ambassadors DeAnn Zavoral and Chad Harding.
Eighteen Bemidji-area businesses have been selected by Bemidji State University and the George W. Neilson Foundation to host interns as part of the 2015 Neilson Foundation Internship program. The program, which is entering its fourth year, offer financial incentives to businesses who hire BSU and Northwest Technical College students for paid internships. Funding for the internships is split equally, with 50 percent of an intern's hourly compensation paid by the foundation, up to a maximum of $2,500.
The community is invited to an open house and art supply drive to celebrate the grand opening of The Least of These Social Change Boutique and Art Studio from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, April 11. The boutique and art studio is located at 310 Fourth St. NW The primary focus of this faith-inspired non-profit program is to engage individuals in volunteering their time, talents, gifts, and creativity to make our community and our world a better place.
Ambassadors visited the new Hobby Lobby at the store's grand opening. The store is located 1401 Paul Bunyan Drive, Suite 1. Hobby Lobby features custom framing, home accents, fabric and floral, seasonal décor, hobbies and more. It is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. Pictured (from left) are manager Tim Hayden; co-manager Andy Adello; district manager David Marcou; set-up manager Matt Lee; and ambassadors Nora Shanahan, Paul Diehl, DeAnn Zavoral, Karl Bleser, Sonja McCollum, Colleen Schulke, Benita Dingman and Lisa Engman.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Region 1 and 2 Knowledge Bowl teams recently competed at the regional competition held on March 17 in Thief River Falls. The regional champions advancing to the state competition, scheduled for April 9-10, at Cragun's in Brainerd were Bemidji, first place; Warroad, second place; Thief River Falls, third place; Fosston, fourth place and Bagley, fifth place. Additional schools competing in the regional competition included East Grand Forks, Greenbush/Middle River, Tri-County, Lake of the Woods, Red Lake Falls, Crookston, Norman County East, Stephen Argyle Central, Clearbro
Friends and Family are invited to attend the 80th birthday celebration of Lawrence (Larry) Gerhardson. An open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Northern Town Hall, 445 Town Hall Road, NW.
The office of enrollment services at Valley City (N.D.) State University recently announced that Jasmin Yerbich, daughter of Cathy Dahlman and Victor Yerbich of Bemidji, has been awarded a VCSU V-500 Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Yerbich graduated from Bemidji High School in 2013.
JW Smith Elementary kindergarten students recently made a donation to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, and Sanford contributed a matching amount per student. Pictured (from left) are Keith, holding the yellow check; Mary Mitchell, BCFS manager; Aubrianna, Jaser, Art Gullette, BCFS board member and Kein.