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.
May 2015 has been named mental health awareness month. Mayor Rita Albrecht, proclaimed this during the Bemidji City Council meeting on May 18. Pictured from left to right are Jim Aakhus, Mayor Rita Albrecht, Lora Bertelsen. Aakhus and Bertelsen were present on behalf of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness Northwoods Bemidji chapter.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way recognize "Someone Special Volunteers" who have made significant contributions to the community. The Beltrami Humane Society has nominated Engress Clark as a Someone Special volunteer.The Beltrami Humane Society cares for and finds homes for companion dogs and cats. The organization depends on volunteers to help socialize the animals and assist with sanitation activities. Clark has been volunteering for several months and is a very dedicated helper.
Since 1993, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) has recognized the contributions of individuals and organizations in northwest Minnesota. Sixty-nine excellence awards have been given, which includes an unrestricted grant from the Foundation to the nonprofit of the recipient's' choice. This represents $69,000 in grant-making to our partners to develop assets in our communities and improve the quality of places throughout the region.
Harmony Co-op has recently started hosting the Bemidji Axemen in its Community Kitchen. The team is renting the kitchen to prepare "home-cooked" meals for the hungry players throughout the summer season. The kitchen was created to serve the needs of the community by providing a means of sustainability with local food resources from the agriculture-rich environment in and around Bemidji. Other people and organizations have utilized the Community Kitchen for community classes, catering, and food preparation for food trucks as well as a business incubator for Bemidji Brewing Co.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area is pleased to announce that Naylor Heating & Refrigeration is the newest silver partner in the Club's Partner for the Future Program, a program for businesses who make a $1,000 plus investment directly in kids through the Club's year-round academic, health and leadership programs. The Club's goal is to raise $60,000 in Partner for the Future program in 2015. Pictured are team members from Naylor Heating & Refrigeration who came to the Club to meet and greet Club members, take a Club tour and see their investment at work.
Dan and Gail Monson of Bemidji are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jillian Rose Bakke, to Gabriel Wesley Charles Baudeck, son of Greg and Pam Baudeck of Grand Rapids. The wedding will take place May 30 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bemidji. A reception and dance will follow at the Sanford Event Center.