Bob Seifert from Coborn's in Park Rapids recently received a donor recognition award from North County Food Bank in Crookston. This recognition award was given to Coborn's for their ongoing food rescue donation program, to date they have provided over 98,780 meals. Each week the Hubbard County Food Shelf picks up donations and makes this food available to their clients.
The Jaycees recently made donations to local organizations for their help with the 2014 Bemidji Jaycees 4th of July Water Carnival. Citizen's Patrol received $1,000 for extra patrols. Pictured from left to right in the front row are RandiSu Tanem, Arnold Hallan, Dave Quam and Twila Bolte and in the back row are Jaycees Stacey Bahr, Ryan Thomas, Eva Fisher, Carrie Johnson and Char Blashill.
The Jaycees recently made donations to local organizations for their help with the 2014 Bemidji Jaycees 4th of July Water Carnival. The Grant Valley 4H was given $1,000 for helping with the Bingo Tent. Pictured from left to right in the front row are Becky Kummet, Ann Kummet, Bjorn Krona and Twila Bolte, in the second are Taylor Kummet-Hiltz, Liliy Krona, and Emily Risberg and in the back row are Jaycees RandiSu Tanem, Stacey Bahr, Eva Fisher, Carrie Johnson and Char Blashill
Beltrami Electric Cooperative recently delivered donated mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to area children as part of its annual Mitten Tree campaign for the 15th straight year. This season, a record 710 items were collected and distributed to students enrolled in seven Head Start and Early Child Family Education programs throughout the cooperative's service area. This is the second straight year a record for donations was established; last year's total was 645 items.
Leo and Eileen Gothman recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 19.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative recently selected Bemidji Area Reading Canines (BARC) the winner of the local 2014 Touchstone Energy Community Award from a great pool of worthy nominations. The recognition comes with a $500 cash award and a plaque. The BARC program was created to help school-aged children feel comfortable reading aloud to a nonjudgmental audience, which in this case are well-trained therapy dogs. The students are encouraged to read to the dogs, while they lie next to them and provide comfort and companionship, in what could be an otherwise nervous atmosphere for some children.
Potlatch recently invested $2,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area's annual business campaign, Partners for the Future, and qualifying them for gold partner status. Since 2005, Potlatch has invested $15,000 in supporting academic, health and leadership programs for more than 500 club youth. Pictured from left to right are Pete Aube, Potlatch plant manager and Dalton, a club teen.
Red Lake Alcohol Rehabilitation Prevention Program, an alcohol and drug abuse prevention program using culturally specific treatment and prevention methods for youth and families on the Red Lake Reservation, was honored as one of eight 2014 Circle of Excellence Award winners by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on Dec. 15 in St. Paul. Pictured from left to right are Salena Beasley, Mark Kingbird, Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Kristy Lilley-May, Karen Barrett and Tom Barrett.
First City Squares of Bemidji held a graduation celebration for two students on Dec. 9. Pictured in the front row are Nevaeh Pierce and Camron Pierce and in the back row are club president Denise Houle and caller and instructor Royce Nelson.
A 90th birthday celebration for Jean Nyquist will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 29 at Tamarack Court Activities Room, 1511 Delton Ave. No local invitations have been sent and no gifts please.