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.
BEMIDJI — Lori Kemmer and Nate Haskell have been promoted to assistant vice president at Bank Forward in Bemidji. Kemmer, a personal banking supervisor, started with Bank Forward in 2009. She is a native of Bemidji and graduated from BSU in 2007. Haskell, a 2004 graduate of BSU and a native of Bemidji, has served as a commercial loan officer since 2012.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office, Cass Lake Fire Department and Hackensack Fire and Rescue hosted its 14th annual ice rescue training course on Cass Lake. Approximately 80 participants from more than 25 agencies participated in the cold water rescue training exercise. A classroom ice rescue technician course was sponsored by and took place at the Hackensack Fire Department and approximately 35 ice rescue technicians were certified or re-certified in the course.
Jim Lucachick has advocated in many ways to support the Northland Shooting Sports Park initiative. As a Beltrami County commissioner, he voted in favor of the funding for initial planning. As an architect he donated services and he personally donated funds to the project. Pictured (from left) are Mark Farabee, president of HSSA; Bob Naylor, committee member; Jim Lucachick, president of Lucachick Architecture and Ken Stone, committee member.
The Bemidji Lions recently welcomed three new members into the club. The District 5M10 governor was on hand to present them with their membership pin and certificate. Pictured (from left) are Mel Milender, first vice governor elect; Mark Osthus, district governor; Tricia Andrews, Marcus Bruning, Bob Madeson and club president Steve Caron.
Harold Sanders of Ameriprise Financial in Bemidji hosted a charitable giving dinner Jan. 31 at the Minnesota Nice Cafe. Forty people came and enjoyed a Minnesota Nice Cafe meal and more than $1,500 was raised for various local charities. Also, participants learned how their time, talents and money can plug into local charities they are passionate about. Jen Anderson from Evergreen/Kinship Inc. and Mary Mitchell from Bemidji Community Food Shelf presented while numerous other charities had representatives there to discuss their role and purpose.
The Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors congratulated Ryan, The Cell Phone Doctor on the new business. The Cell Phone Doctor is located at 423 Beltrami Ave. They repair most electronic devices, including phones, tablets, iPads, laptops, TVs and GPS. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Orders are welcome and they can be reached at 444-8006. Pictured (from left) are ambassadors Paul Diehl and Benita Dingman, owner Ryan Eichberg, ambassador Sonja McCollum and Karl Bleser.
BEMIDJI — Karvakko Engineering announced Ben Wiegand was hired full-time as a project manager. Wiegand has been with Karvakko Engineering as an intern since September 2013, and recently graduated from BSU in December with a double major in applied engineering and technology management. Wiegand's internship allowed him to gain experience in the engineering and design field, where he worked with AutoCAD and assisted the survey crews in the field, a release said.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated One Source Floors on its relocation to 206 Minnesota Ave. NW. They offer a complete line of flooring, including luxury vinyl, carpet, tile, stone, hardwood and laminate floors. They also have cabinets and countertops. They can be reached at 444-6224. Pictured (from left) are ambassadors Russ Moen, Benita Dingman, manager Dick Henry, building owner Al Stephen, and ambassadors Colleen Schulke, Barb Treat and Cindy Todavich.