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Mississippi Music committee donates $15,000 to community projects

Mississippi Music recently donated $14,000 to the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department and $1,000 to Headwaters Music and Arts, as the committee that operates Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront directed the donations totaling $15,000 from its fund balance to those two recipients.

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Pictured from left: Nate Mathews, Bemidji City Manager and member of the Mississippi Music committee; Marcia Larson, Bemidji Parks and Recreation director; and Kristi Miller, chair of the Mississippi Music committee.
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Even though its season has ended, Mississippi Music continues to give back to the Bemidji community.

Mississippi Music recently donated $14,000 to the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department and $1,000 to Headwaters Music and Arts, as the committee that operates Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront directed the donations totaling $15,000 from its fund balance to those two recipients.

“We felt the need to give back to the community for all of its amazing support over our six seasons,” Kristi Miller, who chairs the committee, said in a release.

The donation to the Bemidji Parks and Recreation will continue the restoration of the WPA stone benches along Lake Avenue. The first of the benches was restored this summer through a partnership between Parks and Recreation and the Marion Dessert Memorial Fund, the release said.

Marion was a longtime Bemidji resident who lived along Lake Avenue; the memorial fund supports projects in the area that improve the quality of life in the Bemidji area.

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Supporting the restoration of those benches is a good fit for Mississippi Music because of their proximity to the waterfront, where the free summer concert series is held, the release said.

“We are very appreciative to Bill Dessert for a strong partnership,” Marcia Larson, Bemidji Parks and Recreation director, said in the release. “We’re excited to continue this work with the support of Mississippi Music.”

Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront is a free summer concert series that began in 2016.

Thanks to sponsorships from area businesses, professional musicians offer free music to the public along Lake Bemidji outside of the Tourist Information Center. Hundreds of people attend the weekly performances from June through August.

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