As a society, we have been fed a fairytale image of the ideal relationship. From "happily ever after" to prom dresses and the big white gown itself, girls and women have been fast tracked to a fantasy love life. Men are taught to be tough, masculine and to fix problems, all while being bombarded with hyper-sexualized images degrading and objectifying women. All of us are being groomed for dissatisfaction in our love lives.
BEMIDJI -- Knife River Materials, Northern Minnesota of Bemidji recently won three awards at the National Asphalt Pavement Association annual meeting in Marco Island, Fla. Knife River Materials won the 2014 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. Knife River Materials won the award for its work on the Barnes County Highway 21, just north of Valley City, N.D. The roughly 11.5 miles full depth mill and overlay project used more than 20,000 tons of asphalt.
WARROAD -- The Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung from Marvin Windows and Doors was selected at the 2015 International Builders' Show as the winner of the Best of IBS Award, given by the National Association of Home Builders. Chosen by a panel of independent judges, including reporters and building professionals, Marvin's Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung was selected out of hundreds of applicants as the best and most innovative window product on the market. Marvin Windows and Doors is based in Warroad and also has a regional plant in Grafton, N.D.
BEMIDJI -- Matt Hietala has been named the director of community relations for the Bemidji Axemen professional indoor football league franchise. Hietala, who grew up in Bemidji, will help to bring the Axemen organization and brand to the local businesses and establishments of the greater Bemidji area, officials said in a release. Hietala is in his second season with the Axemen after interning and being the equipment manager for the team last season. As community relations director, Hietala is responsible for scheduling the appearances of players, coaches and mascot Axel in the community.
KARLSTAD, Minn. -- Kick'n Up Kountry recently added Tom Katt to the staff as a promoter of the annual Karlstad event. He has been involved in many areas of WeFest event since it's inception. He announced all the acts that graced the WeFest stage over the past 30 years Headliners for this year's Kick'n Up Kountry event, set for June 10-13, include Rodney Atkins, John Pardi, Dustin Lynch, John Conlee, Mustang Sally, The Highwaymen and The Shadows.
Bemidji Area Chamber Ambassadors recently congratulated Asgard Computers on its relocation to 1426 Bemidji Ave. N, Suite 3. The business sells computers and offers computer repair in shop, on-site or remotely. They can be reached at (218) 751-1032. Pictured from left to right in the front row are ambassador Betsie Curb, Bill Mckenzie-technician, Forrest Smith, manager and owner, Darlene Lueck-bookkeeper, ambassador Barb Treat and in the back row are ambassadors Russ Moen, Paul Diehl and Brian Bissonette.
BEMIDJI -- Jeff Polkinghorne of Park Rapids, Gary Block of Little Falls, Paul Hunt of Pine River and Susan Holden of Minneapolis were recently appointed to the Lakeland Public Television Board of Directors. Polkinghorne moved to the Park Rapids area in the fall of 2013 after a long career in banking and he also taught accounting at the University of Minnesota and Metro State University. Block has an extensive career in radio broadcasting in Little Falls, where he served as program director and on-air announcer for more than 30 years. Paul Hunt and his wife, Lynn, started the Hunt Utilities
Al and Peggy Nohner of Bemidji, along with Louis and Carolyne Turk of St. Louis Park, announce the marriage of their children, Michael Nohner and Lindsey Turk. The wedding and reception took place Oct. 25 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Michael is a 2001 graduate of Bemidji High School and a 2006 graduate of BSU with degrees in business administration and accounting. He is currently a vice president of global fund services with Wells Fargo in Edina. Lindsey is a 2002 graduate of St.
Noemi and Harry Aylesworth recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The couple was married on Jan. 25, 1975.
The Bemidji Lions, First City Lions, and community members held a food collection over the noon hour at the Bemidji Eagles Club on Jan. 14. A total of 250 pounds of food as well as more than $500 was collected. All donations were later delivered to The Village of Hope. The collection was a project of Lions Club International Centennial Service Challenge, Relieving Hunger.