John and Eloise Ostrem recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on June 27, 1965 in Lanesboro, Minn. They plan to celebrate the milestone with friends and family throughout the summer.
Kurt, Keith and Kathy would like to invite friends and family to celebrate their parents Harold (Killer) and Sharon Christianson's 50th anniversary at 6:30 p.m. July 4 at the Bemidji Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave SE. Happy hours, hors d'oeuvres and cake will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dance at 8 p.m.
Patrice Hurd, a Bemidji resident, recently competed in a bake-off at the National Festival of Breads, held in Manhattan, Kan. She won a $700 cash prize for her Peppered Parmesan Veggie Bread.
Stephen Symes of Warroad will be featured in a new episode of "Fat Guys in the Woods" airing at 9 p.m. July 5 on the Weather Channel. In every episode of "Fat Guys in the Woods," survival expert Creek Stewart brings three average Joes back to the woods to survive for a week with only one objective: to teach them the skills to survive. Together they will learn the art and science of outdoor survival while battling the threats of Mother Nature.
TransCanada Northern Lakes Area recently made a donation to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota in support of Bloom the Boutique at Sanford. The boutique provides Sanford patients who are diagnosed with cancer, or other life-altering conditions that result in hair loss, with a complimentary wig through the boutique's Strength and Style program. The boutique also offers scarves, hats and inspirational items at a minimal cost. Anyone interested in supporting the Foundation may do so by contacting the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota at (218) 333-5515.
The University of Nebraska Alumni Association has announced the winners of the 2015 Nebraska Writing Contest. Judy McDonald, a former BSU Dean, won second place in the category about favorite professors. She wrote about a political science professor at University of Nebraska Lincoln whose influence spread across her entire career and into the lives of many of her students. She received a prize of $250 and her essay will be published in an upcoming issue of Nebraska Magazine.
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. Support Within Reach has nominated Ida Brooks and Kendra Washington as Someone Special Volunteers. Brooks has only been a volunteer for six months, but she has contributed more than 300 hours on the crisis line and in the office.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Cass Lake held a fish feast on June 14, 2015 to benefit the Cass Lake Food Shelf. Two hundred and fifty people enjoyed crappies and walleyes that were fried by the men of the church. Baked beans, coleslaw, chips and buns were served along with bars prepared by the women. Fifty pounds of donated food was donated and a check for over $2,000 was presented to Pastor Mark Olson, chairman of the Cass Lake Food Shelf, by Jerry Froseth.
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.