Pioneer Staff Report
Effective July 1, Risk Management Services in Bemidji was acquired by North Risk Partners, one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the Midwest. The acquisition gives RMS clients more access to coverage and service options and continues North Risk's growth in northwest Minnesota, according to a press release.
BEMIDJI—This year's Art in the Park, presented by Watermark Art Center and Paul Bunyan Communications, will be held July 21-22 in Library Park in downtown Bemidji. Hours on Saturday, July 21, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. The juried art fair features more than 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment, boasting an annual attendance of over 4,000 visitors, according to a release from the Watermark Art Center.
U of M releases Dean's List MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL—The University of Minnesota Twin Cities recently announced its Dean's List for the 2018 spring semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Local students named to the Dean's List include: Bemidji: Emily Groshens, senior; Nicole Lyren, senior; Jonah Muller, sophomore; Amber Rassler, senior; Travis Slettvedt, senior; Kayla Snell, senior; Lauren Weaver, senior.
The Bemidji Sunrise Rotary Club recently made a donation to the Watermark Art Center for $450 to help cover the cost of gallery furnishings used to safely display artwork in the Marley and Sandy Kaul and Lakeview Galleries.
The Sgt. Harmon Fallen Soldier Scholarship Ride was held on Saturday, July 14.
Allie Shimkus, a senior at Bemidji High School and nine-year member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, will vie for the Midwest Region Youth of the Year title on Tuesday, July 17, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.
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 Community Table has nominated Norm Carlson, who is a regular Monday night volunteer at the Community Table. He is a welcoming presence for all the other volunteers, a press release said. He quickly shows them how to prepare for serving then learns all he can about them. He also actively recruits volunteers and guests while serving other organizations in the community.
BEMIDJI—Mississippi Music will present Minnesota/California (Actual Wolf, Erik Koskinen, and friends) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, on the waterfront at the Paul Bunyan Park. Two of Minnesota's most celebrated musicians, Actual Wolf (not a confirmed wolf), and Erik Koskinen (confirmed Finn) wanted to play a concentrated set of shows in the state during summer 2018. They will bring a backup band composed of like-minded friends and professional players from across the state to play a variety of original songs and well-known covers.
The Bemidji Innkeepers Give raffle held before and at the Best MN Town Party on June 27 raised more than 4,000 for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. A total of 35 area businesses donated to the raffle, which raised $4,211 for food shelf programs. Bryan Lee took home the grand prize of a $700 cash prize. The next fundraiser for the food shelf will be the Harvest Ball this fall. Businesses interested in donating items for the silent auction can contact Mary Mitchell at (218) 444-6580.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Bemidji Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will host sports physical blitzes Aug. 9 and 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sanford Bemidji Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center, 1300 Anne Street NW. No appointments are necessary, and the cost for the sports physical is $30, payable at registration. For more information on the blitz, please call 218-751-9746. If unable to attend the blitz, same-day appointments are also available.