Bemidji High School's musical director, Holly Nelson, adopted Toto from the Beltrami Humane Society in April 2014. Toto's appearance as Toto in "The Wizard of Oz" provided a platform of community service for students involved in the musical. After each performance, students collected donations to benefit the Beltrami Humane Society. Pictured are Toto along with representatives from the cast and crew of "The Wizard of Oz," who presented a check for the donations in the amount of $2,336.52 to Brandon Mustful, executive director of the Beltrami Humane Society.
The First National Bank Bemidji Foundation recently presented a $3,500 grant check to Larry Long, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area. The grant supports the Money Matters program, which benefits 135 members. The program helps educate members to make wise financial choices during their teen years that will help them reach educational goals and help gain financial independence. Pictured is Long and Sue Engel, Secretary/Treasurer of the First National Bank Bemidji Foundation.
The American Legion Auxiliary recently distributed gifts to veterans in nursing homes in the Bemidji Area. For Halloween, veterans received salty and sweet treats and for Veterans Day they received a lapel pin and a key chain.
Faith in Action for Cass County recently held its raffle open house at the Faith in Action Office in Hackensack. About 20 people gathered to talk, eat sandwiches and snacks and witness the drawing event. Orv and Geri Broberg, of Hackensack, performed the honor of mixing up the tickets in the large raffle tumbler and drawing out the 14 winners. The first prize winner was Lois Geiger of Bemidji, who won a Camo Polaris Ranger 570 plus Trailer. Proceeds from the raffle directly support the Faith In Action programs that provide volunteer assistance to people in need living in Cass County.
Air Force Airman Kristina Guida graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Guida is the daughter of Sarah M. Coumbe-Guida and Travis J. Guida of Laporte. She is a 2014 graduate of Bemidji High School.
Some of the non-profit organizations that provided volunteers to make the 2014 Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival a success receive donations from the proceeds of this year's Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. Pictured (from left) are Bemidji Rotary President Karl Blesser; Gary Pederson and Steve Modich of Buena Vista Ski Patrol; Julie Vollen of Bemidji High School Track; Stephanie Moe and Brenda Billing of American Cancer Society; Tim Norton of North Country First Responders; Arnold Hallan and Dave Quam of Citizen Patrol and Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce President Lori Paris.
Steve Caron, Bemidji Lion's Club President, recently presented a check to Yvonne Walden of the Bemidji Public Library for $500 for the purchase of books and other sources for the visually impaired.
BSO presents "Tinsel, Tunes and Treasures" BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra continues its 76th season with the annual holiday concert, "Tinsel, Tunes and Treasures," at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St. NW. Beverly Everett will conduct. The concert includes holiday favorites such as "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine Davis, Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival" and more. Tickets are available at the door, in advance at Lueken's Foods North and South, or at brownpapertickets.com.
Itasca Community College recently hosted a Fall Harvest Dinner on Nov. 12. Students were treated to a free turkey dinner, which was served by ICC faculty, staff and administrators. The annual event is funded by student life fees, and is always well received by the campus community. Pictured left to right are Janet Neurauter, foundation director; Anna Francisco, faculty; Annette Delich, cook coordinator; Dr.
An 80th birthday celebration for Janet Niskanen will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Bemidji Bowl, 3455 Laurel Drive NW.