PARK RAPIDS — U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Lucas R. Weaver graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. 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. Weaver is the son of Mark and Melissa Weaver of Park Rapids.
Shriners Hospital recently donated an epiphone electric guitar signed by Tom Scholz, founder and lead guitarist for the band Boston, to Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. The club will auction the guitar during the its annual Gala in February. Pictured (from left) are Dan Olson, president of Sanford Health Northern Minnesota and club board member; Cyrus Pansch, KEM shriner and Sanford Center director of sales and marketing; Andrea Ohnstad, club executive director; and Curtis Webb, Sanford Center director.
RED LAKE — The White House has selected Red Lake Youth Council member Matthew Antone as a 2014 Tribal White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Ambassador. As a White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Ambassador, Antone has been invited to Washington, D.C. from Dec. 1-3 to celebrate his achievements. During his trip, he will participate in the sixth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Capital Hilton hotel where he will have the opportunity to hear from and voice his perspective to senior Obama Administration officials.
Cindy Nelson and Ruth Webb, staff members from Voyageurs Expeditionary High School, recently brought students from the "On Our Own" class, which is based on healthy living, to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Students helped with costumes for their upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof." They sewed buttons on costumes, ironed clothes and cleaned the stage. As part of a graduation requirement and as part of the mission statement, students must participate in various community-service projects.
Jedidiah Daniel Dryer of Grand Canyon, Ariz., and Rachel Karin Smith of Bemidji were married on May 24 at Shrine of the Ages in Grand Canyon. The reception followed in Tusayan, Ariz. Rachel is the daughter of Fred and Jody Smith of Bemidji. She graduated with a bachelor of science in elementary education from University of Northwestern - St. Paul and is employed by the Grand Canyon Unified School District. Jedidiah is the son of Russell and Denise Dryer of Skull Valley, Ariz.
Bemidji Rotarian Jim Ghostley was recently honored at the Nov. 10 Bemidji Rotary meeting for his more than 50 years of "Service Above Self." Pictured (from left) are Bemidji Rotary Board members Martin Graefe, Karl Blesser, honoree Jim Ghostley, Craig Kinsella, Paul Diehl and Kristi Booth.
Otter Tail Power Company recently presented a donation of $1,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area for the Triple Play program. Triple Play is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative that strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. Pictured are representatives of Otter Tail Power Company, Darren Matetich and Leon Kremeier with Andrea Ohnstad (center) the club executive director.
Christian Women's luncheon meeting set BEMIDJI -- The Christian Women's luncheon meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at the Peppercorn Restaurant, 1813 Paul Bunyan Drive NW. Featured this month will be Cindy Van Brunt and Carol Nelson from Grandma's Attic with ideas on how to find a great treasure or gift from antiques.
Election 2008 feels long ago. A Democratic Party that rode the Obama wave to historic congressional majorities is now saddled with a president who was the hot new thing six years ago. Its agenda tends to be picayune or pointless, and its new generation of leadership is the same as the old generation of leadership. As much as an indictment of President Barack Obama's governance, the midterms were a commentary on the exhaustion of the Democrats in the late Obama years. Electoral rebukes of this magnitude usually cause some reaction in their recipients. An invigorating policy departure.
Which Republican party will show up on Capitol Hill in January, when the GOP assumes control of the Senate? Will it be the party of "yes," which takes responsibility for being part of the governing process? Or will it be the party of "no," which simply opposes anything President Obama favors? How Republicans answer that question will make a huge impact on two critical issues: 1. What happens during Obama's last two years in office? 2.