Pioneer Staff Report
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated Doherty Staffing on its new location. Located at 1008 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, No. 5, Doherty Staffing is one of the Midwest's largest contract and temporary staffing and recruiting agencies. Pictured from left, front row, are ambassadors Lisa Hofstad and Brian Bissonette, Staffing Specialist Britani Seado, Service Manager Kyla Huebsch, and ambassadors Benita Dingman and Paul Diehl. Pictured from left, back row, are ambassador Karl Bleser, Business Development Manager Sara Wussow, and ambassador Mya Beaulieu.
BEMIDJI -- Mark Brown, Insure Forward president and Bank Forward CEO, recently announced the top producers for 2017, as measured by new business for Insure Forward based in Bemidji. Scott Fogelson was named a Platinum Producer. John Baumgartner and Tim Lucas were named Silver Producers.
MS-Mankato announces Dean's List MANKATO—Minnesota State University Mankato announced its Honor List for the 2017 fall semester. To be included on the list, students must earn a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.99 while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. Bemidji students named to the list include Julia Armstrong, senior, dance; Delaney Rietveld, senior, theatre arts; Megan Serratore, senior, biomedical sciences; and Jenna Thompson, junior, dental hygiene St. Cloud State releases Dean's List
Ponemah School recently recognized students who had a perfect attendance during the second grading period as well as students in Grades 4-8 who made the A or B honor roll. Students who were recognized for perfect attendance in the second semester included: Kindergarten: Serenity May, Angel Barrett, Mika Donnell, Whitney Graves, Chereya Kingbird, Delacia Loud, and Mattila Morrison. First grade: Daphne Cloud, Shania Graves, Illiana Martinez-Rosebear. Second grade: Wesley Dunn-White, and Kelita Maxwell.
Students from the BSU's Media Production and Entrepreneurship Class recently raised funds for local nonprofit organizations. Ashley Reynolds, Kendra Hacker and Stacey Kaslon chose the Paul Bunyan Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries, for which they raised $90. Pictured is Hacker presenting the funds to Fishing Has No Boundaries senior co-chair Vance Balstad.
The Bemidji Sunrise Rotary Club recently made a $300 donation to the Beltrami County Historical Society with proceeds from its annual Lefse Festival, which was held Nov. 2 at the Eagles Club in Bemidji. Left to right are Sunrise Rotary member Keith Gora, Beltrami County Historical Society Executive Director Gary Rozman, Sunrise Rotary President Donna Gunderson and Sunrise Rotary member Galen Teichert.
Oak Hills Christian College recently announced that Sue Glidden has been named dean of the college, having started Feb. 1. Glidden has been a faculty member at Oak Hills since 2012, serving as the program director for Adult and Professional Studies, Intercultural Studies, Institutional Research and as the department chair for Christian Ministries.
Creative Spirit Fiber Festival marks fifth year BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center and Willow Wood Market will present the fifth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE, in Bemidji. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. (classes only) on Friday, Feb. 23, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. The entrance fee is $10.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht will make the annual State of the City address Tuesday during the City Council's evening meeting. In last year's address, Albrecht described Bemidji as a strong city that is fast becoming a regional attraction. As an example, Albrecht cited a rise in building permits hitting record highs in 2015 and 2016. Albrecht also stated that a challenge the city faces is understanding the existence of "two Bemidjis, the haves and have nots."
PONEMAH—A Red Lake women's shelter is sponsoring a walk for missing and murdered indigenous people this week. The walk is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, and comes a week after a similar event in Bemidji. Multiple such walks were held across the country and in Canada on Valentine's Day, and are meant to bring attention to the disproportionate amount of violence against Native American women.