More than 40 Faith in Action volunteers were recently honored at spring luncheon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hackensack. They gathered to enjoy a puzzle-themed picnic lunch of hamburgers, baked beans and salads. Theresa Eclov, executive director, reported on program updates, policies and the cultural diversity created by the high rate of poverty in the community. Sheriff Tom Burch, a guest speaker, presented information on scams, community safety issues, and the integrated response system for handling emergencies in Cass County.
Students from Schoolcraft Learning Community spent two days at Itasca State Park beginning a service project they will complete through the month of June. They have joined over 12,000 bicycle riders throughout the nation to help raise money and awareness for children's cancer research. The team logged nearly 200 miles during their trip and are currently ranked first place in their team category.
Paul Bunyan Communication District 9 Director Tim Hins, on right, presents Cass Lake Fire Chief Ben Cameron with a donation that will go to help with the purchase of a new fire truck to help serve a 400-square mile area that includes the Leech Lake Reservation and Cass, Hubbard, and Beltrami counties. The fire department has 20 volunteer firemen, one part-time fire chief and one part-time administrative assistant.
Neil and Nancy Ramsey invite friends, relatives and community members to join them in a celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. June 21 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, two miles west of Cass Lake on U.S. Highway 2. It will also be a celebration of the couple's 50th year of living in the Cass Lake area, Neil's 50-year membership of the Cass Lake Lions Club and Neil's 75th birthday. No gifts please.
VFW Post 1260 recently honored veterans at Neilson Place and Havenwood Care Center on with Kentucky Fried Chicken meal at Neilson Place. The meal was sponsored and paid for the men's VFW Post 1260, organized by the Ladies Auxiliary and hosted by Duane Bundy. Following the lunch, the veterans were entertained by a volunteer band. Pictured from left to right are George Jirik, Dennis Dorr and Aaron Powers.
Relay For Life's Toni's Team has raised $1,874 in their fight against cancer. The majority of the money has come from the sale of "Katniss Cowls," knit by team member Mary Kobilka. The cowls are for sale at Lucette Boutique and First Impressions Salon and Spa in Bemidji. The other large fundraiser that Toni's Team has done is the 5K For Relay, a walk run event held the morning of Relay For Life, set to take place 8 a.m. July 11 behind the Sanford Center. To register, visit www.zapevent.com or by contact Jodie Kroeger at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Vern and Gladys Hlavac are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. A celebration, hosted by their children, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. June 20 at the Hlavac's home, 8983 Tranquility Lane. The couple requests no gifts.
Relay For Life Team Wannawalkawhile from Sanford Bemidji Medical Center has raised $6,400 for the American Cancer Society. The money raised was by volunteering to work the concessions at the Sanford Center events, the Relay For Life Holiday Boutique and a garage sale. Pictured are team captains Phyllis Saga and Cathy Nash.
First City Lions Club recently presented a check to the Bemidji Relay For Life. Pictured from left to right are Stephanie Moe, Relay For Life co-chair; Lion Joy Barclay; Denae Alamono, community manager, American Cancer Society and Lion Christine Zukeran.
The Concordia Norwegian Language Camp, Skogenfjord, located northeast of Bemidji, has many "graduates," including Maddy Barnes of Seattle; granddaughter of Judy and Art Lee. Barnes has attended Skogfjorden for the past six summers. During Memorial Day weekend, Harald V, the King of Norway, visited Seattle. During a visit to a park called Bergen Place, Maddy Barnes was selected to introduce the King in Norwegian. Barnes will return to Bemidji and Skogenfjorden this summer, this time as a camp counselor.