Pioneer Staff Report
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.
BEMIDJI—The executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will speak next week at BSU. Jaylani Hussein will explore shared Minnesotan values—family, welcoming all, and success through hard work—in a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Room 103 of the university's American Indian Resource Center, according to a release from the university.
BEMIDJI—For the fourth consecutive year, TruStar Federal Credit Union has announced the payment of a patronage dividend to its members. The $750,000 patronage dividend was scheduled to be deposited into members' accounts this past week. Since 2013, almost $3 million has been distributed among TruStar's members. With assets in excess of $200 million, TruStar currently serves almost 15,000 members throughout Koochiching, Beltrami, Hubbard, Becker, Wadena and northeast St. Louis counties, including a branch in Bemidji.
The Medica Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Northern Dental Access Center in Bemidji. The funding will be used to support health-related programs and services core to the organization's mission in 2018, a press release said. Northern Dental Access Center serves people in Beltrami and Clearwater counties. The Medica Foundation awarded $1.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Medica's service area. For more information, visit " target="_blank">www.medicafoundation.org.