Schoolcraft Learning Community was recently awarded the initial Academic Excellence Award from Volunteers of America for the 2013-14 school year. The award is based upon a framework of evaluation from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Items reviewed included meeting Federal and State Accountability, Student Progress over time and Student Achievement. The award is also based upon data found in the Minnesota Report Card as figured by the Minnesota Department of Education.
Judy Killian (right) of the Bemidji Area Sertoma Club recently presented a $575 check to Mary Mitchell of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. The donation was a Thanksgiving and Christmas gift.
Commander Bruce Malterud of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1260 of Bemidji was recognized recently by National Commander-in-Chief John Stroud with a National Special Aide-de-Camp white cap. John E. Hamilton, Adjutant General, stated in his letter to Malterud, "I am pleased to notify you of your appointment as Special Aide-de-Camp to Commander-in-Chief John Stroud.
The Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors congratulated Provision Contractors, LLC on its new business. They are general contractors offering roofing, siding and window services. Visit them at 201 Third St. SW, Suite 201 or call them at 444-4434. Pictured (from left to right) are ambassadors Jerry Downs, Cindy Todavich, Sylvia Wildgen, Regional Manager Rob Mahto, Regional Manager John Szurpicki, and ambassadors Lisa Engman and Paul Diehl.
BEMIDJI -- Evolve Creative in Bemidji has hired Mitch Raile as its marketing manager. Raile comes to Evolve Creative after serving five and half years as the marketing communications specialist at Beltrami Electric Cooperative. He previously served as the communications coordinator at Arvig in Perham. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in mass communication from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. In addition, he holds a certificate in web development from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes.
Ambassadors recently met with Penta One Stop Office Support Services, LLC. The business provides office support services, both online and onsite, virtual accounting and help desk services, as well as Microsoft Office guidance. They can be contacted at 444-4074. Pictured (from left to right) are ambassadors Benita Dingman, Becky Bergquist, Owner Beth Nordheim-Baker, and ambassadors Chad Harding, Barb Treat and Brian Bissonette.
BEMIDJI -- LaValley Industries recently announced that four new employees have joined the manufacturer to further develop its growing portfolio of regional, national and international business. LaValley Industries is the premium provider of pipe-handling attachments to the Pipeline and Horizontal Directional Drilling industries. LaValley hired four new employees including Sam Wolkoff, IT specialist; Lacie Blake, marketing specialist and administration support; Andrew Roth, design engineer; and Brent Yates, logistics specialist.
The Jaycees recently made donations to local organizations for their help with the 2014 Bemidji Jaycees 4th of July Water Carnival. Babe City Rollers received $500 for helping with Bingo Tent. Pictured (from left in the front row) are RandiSu Tanem, Carrie Johnson, Eva Fisher, Emily Lindell, Twila Bolte and (in the second row) are Jaycees Stacey Bahr, Ryan Thomas, Char Blashill, Levi Haar.
The officers for 2015 of Bemidji Lodge 233 A.F.and A.M were installed on Dec. 17. The officers pictured (from left) are Dennis Depew, Tim Johnson, Nick Rowland, Brooks Clemenson, Master Kevin Lind, Theodore Falk Jr, John Seegmiller, Stevens Johnson, Steve Kovacic, Jason Grinde and Wynn Richardson.
BEMIDJI -- The board members of the Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank have established a scholarship fund with Northwest Minnesota Foundation that will benefit students who have graduated from schools within their service area. The blood bank has disbanded and is no longer operating since Sanford Bemidji Medical Center began using its own resources in Sioux Falls, S.D.