Lauren Olson volunteers at Greenwood Cemetery

Bemidji's historic Greenwood Cemetery received some much-needed help this summer thanks to Whitman College student Lauren Olson.

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Lauren Olson volunteered at Bemidji's Greenwood Cemetery while home visiting her parents over the summer.
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Bemidji's historic Greenwood Cemetery received some much-needed help this summer thanks to Whitman College student Lauren Olson.

Born in Spokane, Wash., and raised in Boulder City, Nev., Olson is grounded in community service and is never afraid to give back to the communities she loves, a release said.

Her grandfather, Richard Reever, a two-time Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge No. 1192 in Fairfield, Iowa, applied to the National Elks Foundation for a four-year Elk's Legacy Scholarship on her behalf.

While at her parents Mark and Renee Olson's home in Bemidji this summer, Lauren reached out to Bemidji Elks Lodge No. 1052 to volunteer her services at Greenwood Cemetery.

With about 7,000 burials of which about 3,000 are U.S. service veterans and many children and infants, the much-needed mowing and trimming fell in line with the values of the BPOE Fraternal Order of Elks, the release added.


"The Elk's mission is that our nation's youth and veterans will never be forgotten," the release said.

Majoring in English and Philosophy, Olson hopes to continue her education at Harvard University or the University of Minnesota to pursue a law degree.

For more information on the Elk's organization or on volunteering at Greenwood Cemetery, contact Joe Dunn at or (218) 209-7458.

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