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.
BACKUS—The Cass County Economic Development Corp. recently announced it now meets the Accountability Standards of the Charities Review Council. The standards are used to assess if a nonprofit organization meets the highest quality of standards regarding nonprofit governance, finance, fundraising and public communication. To meet these standards, the policies and procedures of the Cass County EDC were thoroughly examined by the Charities Review Council.
BEMIDJI—Sara Labraaten of Bemidji recently was selected for the President's Club award by State Farm Insurance Companies. Labraaten was ranked in the top 20 out of more than 18,700 State Farm agencies. The President's Club award is given to agencies that demonstrate continued entrepreneurship and the ability to meet customers' broadening expectations, according to a release, and Labraaten was honored for her community commitment, leadership, and business excellence. Labraaten is an agent in Bemidji and is ranked as the No. 3 agent in the country for State Farm Insurance Companies.
BEMIDJI—Michael Rasch has been named vice president for enrollment management at Oak Hills Christian College and Kerin Hanson has joined the college as an admissions counselor. Rasch will lead the admissions department as well as provide oversight into the financial aid and athletic departments.
The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Evolve Creative on its relocation to 481 Mag Seven Court SW, No. 3. Evolve Creative is a design agency that offers web design, web development, print and logo design and can be reached at (218) 444-8327 or online at www.evolve-creative.com . Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Barb Treat, Sylvia Wildgen, designer Kat Allen, web developer Dan Moe, graphic designer Mychal Waldorf, owner Sarah Hokuf, web developer Aric McGriff, ambassador Bryce Oakes.
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited the new TNT Tastery located at 414 Beltrami Ave. TNT Tastery offers scratch made baked goods featuring cheesecake, pastries and other sweet tastes. TNT will also have a lunch menu including soups, salads, and sandwiches on homemade bread. Pictured from left to right are ambassadors Russ Moen, Benita Dingman, Barb Treat, Cindy Todavich, owners Teresa Haak and Tony Mensen, ambassadors Nora Shanahan, Colleen Schulke, Lisa Engman, Jerry Downs.
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. Churches United has nominated Char Espe and Merrylynn Wenaas as a Someone Special volunteers. Char Espe has been a volunteer with Churches United since 2012. She is a powerhouse of energy. She can and does everything the job requires including interviewing, helping to get the clients items they need, organizing the office and donations received. She even changed the sink faucets!