Steve Caron, Bemidji Lions Club President, recently presented a $400 donation to Bob Clayton from Bemidji Take a Kid Fishing to help with expenses with their fishing event.
BEMIDJI—Dr. Matthew Whitbeck recently joined Sanford Bemidji Heart & Vascular Center as a full-time interventional cardiologist and peripheral vascular specialist. Whitbeck received his medical degree from St. Christopher's School of Medicine in Lutton, England. He completed his medical residency in internal medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. He then went on to complete a cardiology fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kent., and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Extreme Detail on its new business. They work on ATVs, boats and vehicles, offering custom detail work, minor paint, interior repair, rim restoration and headlight restoration. Visit their website at www.extremedetailusa.com or call 444-8999. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Karl Bleser, Brian Bissonette, Penny Echternach, owner Mitch Hill and his wife Karie Hill and ambassadors Bryce Oakes and Lisa Engman.
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited The Least of These Boutique, located at 310 Fourth St. They are a social change boutique and art studio whose mission is to inspire individuals to use their time and talents to create positive change in the community and in the world. Contact them at (218 ) 308-6255. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Barb Treat, Penny Echternach, co-founders Jen Kovach and Jen Anderson, ambassadors Benita Dingman and Karl Bleser.
GRAND FORKS—Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment with a retail location in Bemidji, recently announced the planned expansion of its corporate headquarters in Grand Forks. The project includes a newly constructed addition that will feature a new entrance, executive offices, boardroom, a large employee training room and a new employee lunchroom.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Thursday. Warrant 3:46 p.m. A 25-year-old female was arrested on an outstanding warrant on the 51000 block of Wind Flower Drive. Burglary 1:56 p.m. A burglary was reported on the 11000 block of Battle Road Northeast in Blackduck. Assault 1:16 p.m. A 33-year-old female was arrested for fifth-degree assault and fifth degree controlled substance on the 4300 block 15th Street Northwest.
Fifty cadets, including Nathan Hodapp, nephew of Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, recently graduated from the 56th Minnesota State Patrol Training Academy at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota. For 16 weeks, 15 hours a day, the cadets demonstrated their mental and physical toughness to eventually become part of the Minnesota State Patrol. Nathan Hodapp is the son of Capt. Lori Hodapp and retired Sgt. Mat Hodapp.
Jen Carver, Sertoma treasurer, and Ken Cobb, Sertoma president, recently presented a $3,000 check to Bemidji Rotary Club President Karl Bleser in support of the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground. This represents the first installment of a $6,000 commitment by Sertoma to the Inclusive Playground, a playground specially designed for children of all abilities to enjoy. Pictured from left to right are Carver, Cobb and Bleser.
Kovacovich named Peace Scholar at Luther College DECORAH, Iowa—Luther College junior Katie Kovacovich, of Bemidji, has been selected as Peace Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year. She, along classmate Emily Holm, with will spend seven weeks this summer studying peace and conflict resolution in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway.
The Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly was recently held at Concordia College in Moorhead on May 17-18, the local ELCA Lutheran churches along with the Bemidji Food Shelf won the Holy Mackerel Award for outstanding work in a community when it comes to hunger.