The Bemidji Jaycees recently donated $500 to Project Linus. Project Linus provides a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." The Northern MN chapter has delivered over 15,0000 blankets to area hospitals since 2004. Pictured from left to right are Bemidji Jaycees secretary Leslie Heinonen, president Ryan Thomas and Project Linus coordinator Angie Theis.
Michelle Rose Erickstad, daughter of Steven and Barbara Erickstad of Bemidji, recently married Dustin Robert Simpson, son of Robert Simpson and John and Kathy McFarlane of Faribault on Sept. 6. Michelle is 2002 graduate of Bemidji High School and 2006 and 2007 graduate of the University of North Dakota. She is currently employed by CIGNA as a behavioral health specialist. Dustin is 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and 2009 Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is employed as a chiropractor at Erickson Chiropractic in Faribault. The couple resides in Faribault.
Bemidji Area Arts Endowment (BAAE), a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), surpassed all previous fundraising efforts with their new venture, "Ooh La La for the Arts." The event raised $15,500 for BAAE's endowment fund as nearly 200 Bemidji area art patrons celebrated the arts at Sparkling Waters Restaurant. Pictured are Jamie Nelson Zak holding an ink-on-paper work by Mary Therese while Jean Baer displays her purchase of Alice Blessing's acrylic piece, Cedar Waxwing.
Bemidji Eagles No. 351 Auxiliary recently donated $1,000 to Bemidji Fire Department toward training with CPR and AED machines. Pictured from left to right are Auxiliary President Chris Serbus, Bemidji Fire Chief Dave Hoefer and past president Valerie Ahrens.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Chippewa National Forest and non-profit Choose Outdoors are collaborating to provide the official tree for the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington D.C. Arvig is donating $1,000 toward sending area school children to this event. The Capitol Christmas Tree to D.C. fundraising campaign is being held to send area school children out to the official lighting of the Christmas tree. Native students who excel in their attendance and grades as well as meet other academic criteria will be able to partake in this exciting opportunity.
Air Force Airman Michael R. Babler recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.Babler is the son of Bruce A. Babler of Nevis and of Betsy L. Anderson of Cloquet.
Adren and Evelyn Mann recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on Nov. 4, 1954, in Minneapolis.
RICHMOND, Ind. -- Annikka Roy recently enrolled at Earlham College, a selective liberal arts college. Roy is the daughter of Jennifer and David Aakre of Solway and Matthew Roy of Peterborough, N.H.
Babe City Rollers flat track roller derby league recently hosted "SMACK From the Grave!," a spooktacular roller derby bout. Skaters from around the region joined together in a fierce athletic face-off between the "Trick-or-Beaters" and the "Smack-o-Lanterns." The bout benefited the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. Pictured are skaters from both teams delivering a donation check to Amber Klemish of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area.
During his yearly visit new District Governor for Lion's Club District 5M10 Mark Osthus, on right, receives his Red Governor's Jacket made at the Bemidji Woolen Mills from Bemidji Lion's Club President Steve Caron.