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.
Join us to celebrate Ray Voges 90th birthday party from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 6 at the Bemidji Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area recently announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website at bgcbemidji.org. Key features include a cleaner and more attractive design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced navigation and the capabilities to easily join, donate and volunteer. The club completed the project as a collaborative effort between TJ Studio and Cindy Serratore, club board vice president and freelance copywriter who wrote the content. In addition, Trish Barthorpe of Photography by Trish donated her professional photography.
BEMIDJI—Adrian Dunn has been named the new director of annual giving for athletics for the Bemidji State University Foundation. In the next several months, Dunn will get reacquainted with the community, assist with the B-Club 100 Golf Marathon and other Beaver Pride Golf Tour events, as well as coordinate Beaver Pride and the Alumni B-Club. Before joining the foundation staff, Dunn was an assistant football coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He served as the team's defensive line coach and special teams coordinator.
FOSSTON—Kristi Noel and Luke Nelson with Thrivent Financial in Fosston have received the 2014 Voices in Philanthropy (VIP) Award from InFaith Community Foundation in Minneapolis. They were selected among only 43 representatives nationwide to be honored. Noel and Nelson are being honored for exemplary service helping clients put their values and charitable goals into action, a release said. Selection was based on total outright and deferred charitable gifts made by clients through InFaith in 2014.