BLACKDUCK -- Charli Schocker from the Blackduck FFA Chapter and Hayley Carlson from the Staples-Motley FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 2 FFA Discussion Meet and will advance to the state contest sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation in April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. The Discussion Meet competition encourages participants to have a conversation about current agriculture topics. The discussion simulates a committee meeting with the goal of finding a solution.
In 2014, a total of 997 blankets were distributed by the Northern Minnesota Project Linus Chapter to children in crisis, from infants to age 18, through the hospitals in Bagley, Bemidji, Deer River, Fosston, Grand Rapids, Roseau and Thief River Falls. Angie Theis announced the annual "Make-a-Blanket Day" will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 123 29th Street NE. Coffee and rolls and a light lunch will be provided for volunteers who come to help assemble quilts or to drop off quilts previously made.
The Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated 4 Kings Comfort BBQ and Catering on its new business. It is a family owned and operated BBQ food truck serving Bemidji and the surrounding northern Minnesota communities. They offer smoked pulled pork sandwiches, pulled pork street tacos, smoked BBQ ribs and a variety of sides and desserts. The food truck can be seen at various local businesses parking lots, fairs, festival or private events. They can be reached directly at 766-5171.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Gate City Bank has promoted Nic Wagner to assistant vice president. Wagner is the personal loan officer at the bank's downtown Grand Forks office. He has been with Gate City Bank since 2013. A native of Bemidji, Wagner graduated from Bemidji High School, before attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business economics and management. Wagner currently resides in Grand Forks.
UPS recently announced 17 elite drivers from Minnesota were among the 1,445 drivers newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. Local drivers inducted this year include Jeffery Thompson of Bemidji and Gerald Naslund of Thief River Falls. Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor.
Alli Fairbanks, 7, and a first-grader at Lincoln Elementary was one of the lucky little girls who got to attend the daddy/daughter dance this past Saturday at the Sanford Center. Parents are Stephanie and Joe Fairbanks of Cass Lake. Alli has been through a lot in the past seven years; she was born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, deaf in her left ear, herniated belly button, and a twisted small intestine.
Kim Kusler was named Delta Kappa Gamma Mu Chapter's 2015 Woman of Achievement. She is currently the intervention specialist for the Bemidji Schools. Kusler has served Mu as second vice president, first vice president, Tau state membership Chair and Tau state convention registrar. Pictured are Kate Pearson, president Mu Chapter, presenting Kim Kusler with her achievement award.
PARK RAPIDS -- The Minnesota Hospital Association has honored CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids for its commitment to patient safety and participation in a three-year Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network initiative. CHI St. Joseph's also earned an MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award for reaching a benchmark on six or more initiative topics in addition to meeting leadership criteria and three or more of the patient and family engagement criteria. CHI St.
BEMIDJI — Bruce Wegley, a financial associate/financial consultant/wealth advisor with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level qualifier by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2014. Out of more than 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 474 individuals qualified for the honor. Wegley is with Thrivent Financial's Northland Regional Financial Office and serves members in Bemidji, Shevlin, Bagley, Clearbrook and surrounding communities.
BEMIDJI — Amber Coauette has been promoted to senior auditor and compliance officer at Security Bank USA. Coauette started at Security Bank USA in June 2010 as internal audit and compliance officer. Coauette is active locally in the Young Professionals Network, Students First and various other community organizations.