MDU Resources Foundation and Knife River Materials made a $1,000 donation to the Knife River Materials scholarship fund for an automotive student enrolled at Northwest Technical College. Pictured are Lisa Bruns, Northwest Technical College Foundation executive director, and Jess Frenzel, Knife River Materials.
The Fenske Livestock Award goes to the best overall 4-H livestock exhibitor at the Beltrami County Fair in any livestock project including beef, dairy, goat, horse, poultry, rabbit, sheep, or swine.
Lynn and Jeanne Strate of Bemidji announce the engagement of their daughter, Michaela, to Shawn Cielinski, son of Duane and Sally Cielinski of Hillman. Michaela is a 2006 graduate of Blackduck High School and is currently pursuing her master's degree in nursing at College of St. Scholastica. She is employed at Mille Lacs Health System as a registered nurse. Shawn is a 2002 graduate of Onamia High School and received a degree in finance from St. Cloud State University. He is currently employed at Woodlands National Bank in Onamia. A wedding is set for Oct. 4 in Hillman.
Lueken's Village Foods CEO Brent Sicard on Thursday presented the Bemidji Community Food Shelf a check for $5,000 to further fund the Community Meat Program. In May, Lueken's pledged to donate to the inaugural program each quarter and provided meat processing equipment and training. This summer's fundraising efforts exceeded expectations and the funding for the program should last well past the Food Shelf's quarterly needs. "This donation is a collaborative effort between the Bemidji community and our own philanthropic efforts," Sicard said in a release.
A total of 58 people volunteered to donate blood, and 46 were able to give during Bemidji's July 28 blood drive. Fourteen people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine, which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 60 products were collected. Barb Treat and Mik Stavig coordinated the drive and First Lutheran Church sponsored and assisted with recruiting donors, publicity, providing refreshments and registering donors. Space to hold the drive was provided at First Lutheran Church.
Pictured is Zack Suratt and his family accepting a framed print from Bemidji Community Food Shelf President Bill Beyer. Suratt won the Bemidji Community Food Shelf drawing at the Beltrami County Fair. Names for the drawing were collected at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf booth during the fair.
The American Legion Auxiliary held its 95th State Convention in Rochester on July 17-19. Auxiliary members from Bemidji American Legion Auxiliary Ralph Gracie unit 14 were represented by Martha Schmidt, Bemidji Auxiliary Auxiliary and Sharon Thiemecke, Sargent of Arms for the Bemidji American Legion Auxiliary. Shirley Frederick of Hackensack, state president of the American Legion Auxiliary, presided. Certificates of Merit awarded to the Bemidji American Legion Auxiliary Ralph Gracie Unit 14 for Junior Activities, Home Service, Past President's Parley, Public Relations and Legislation.
Kelsey's Jewelry recently donated $295.50 to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, $195.50 from customer donations and $100 from Kelsey's Jewelry. Pictured from left to right are Mary Mitchell, manager of Bemidji Community Food Shelf, and Margot Kelsey of Kelsey's Jewelry.
Clark and Jean Chambers of Bemidji along with Mark and Sandy Spanier of Webster announce the upcoming marriage of their children Trevor A. Chambers and Hannah K. Spanier. The wedding will take place Oct. 4 at Bethesda Church in Prior Lake with a reception to follow at Wilds Golf Club. Trevor is a 2004 graduate of Bemidji High School and a 2008 graduate of Saint John's University with degrees in business management and communication. He is currently employed by Concur Technologies as a regional sales executive. Hannah is a graduate of Northfield High School and a 2008 graduate of St.
Kelsey's Jewelry recently donated $210 to the Beltrami Humane Society. Pictured from left are Pamela Kelsey, Brandon Mustful, Beltrami Humane Society executive director and Margot Kelsey.