Pioneer Staff Report
Desirie Wilson of Red Lake Nation recently was included in a Tribal Professionals Cohort, which was part of an "intensive education session in Indigenous governance offered by the University of Arizona Indigenous Governance Program," according to a press release.
BEMIDJI—Real Living Real Estate recently announced Noemi and Harold Aylesworth of Bemidji have received the Real Living 360 Service Diamond national award for providing superior customer service to home buyers and sellers in Bemidji, a press release said. To qualify to become a Real Living 360 Service Diamond award winner, Noemi and Harold Aylesworth had to receive a minimum 97 percent customer satisfaction rating. The Aylesworths' customer satisfaction rating was 100 percent, the release said.
BEMIDJI—During the recent 2018 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference in Mankato, Visit Bemidji was awarded a Marketing Award of Excellence for hosting the 2017 Bassmaster College Fishing Tournament last August on Lake Bemidji and its chain of lakes. "The national championship showcased the excellent quality and variety of fishing available on Bemidji area waters, resulting in gaining recognition of Bemidji as one of Minnesota's top fishing areas," a press release said.
BEMIDJI—Greater Bemidji's Board of Directors recently welcomed three new members. Jake Ellefson, Mitch Rautio and Sheely Geerdes began their three-year terms at Greater Bemidji's annual board meeting in February. Ellefson is the new area manager for Otter Tail Power Co. He recently moved to Bemidji, taking the leadership role at Otter Tail Power upon the retirement of Leon Kremeier, Greater Bemidji's Board President from 2016-18.
Members of IMPACT 20/20 recently engaged lawmakers at the state Capitol about issues impacting economic prosperity and growth in northwest Minnesota. IMPACT 20/20 raised awareness and discussed policy statements around access to high speed broadband and its importance in rural communities, the critical shortage of child care in the region and the impact it is having on families and employers, ideas to spur workforce and affordable housing projects in the region and ideas to provide better access to career advising for the region's high school students, according to a press release.
Bank Forward Bemidji representative Dana Wolf recently announced a $3,000 donation to the family of Hailey Gilbert-Ferdig through the Forward Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of children in communities served by Bank Forward, Insure Forward, Tax Forward and Invest Forward, a press release said. The donation will help the family with Hailey's medical expenses. Forward Foundation, established in 2012, is a stand-alone entity administered by employees of Bank Forward, Insure Forward, Tax Forward and Invest Forward.
The Jeff Breyen rink of Bemidji won the championship at the Paul Bunyan Bonspiel held at the Bemidji Curling Club, March 9-11. Pictured (from left) are Jeff Breyen, Matt Stevens, Cody Stevens and Alex Vollen. (Submitted photo)
The Bemidji Council of the Knights of Columbus recently hosted the Region 5 Basketball Free Throw Contest. (Submitted photo)
OMAHA, Neb. -- A single run wasn’t enough for the Bemidji State baseball team Saturday night, as the Beavers fell 2-1 in its NSIC opener against Sioux Falls in Omaha, Neb. BSU (2-12, 0-1 NSIC) stole an early lead when Josiah Julagay walked to lead off the game and scored on a two-out single from Isaiah Grancorvitz.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football team announced its schedule for the 2018 season Friday. The schedule includes six home games and 11 total NSIC contests beginning with the season opener Thursday, Aug. 30, against Northern State at Chet Anderson Stadium. For the first time since 2011, BSU will not begin the season against NSIC South opponents, instead playing a slate of cross-divisional games starting Sept. 29 at Wayne State before concluding Oct. 20 at home against Minnesota State.