Pioneer Staff Report
Budding Bemidji artists raised $300 for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf earlier this month. Sixty or so art students at Bemidji Middle School made about 55 bowls last month for Empty Bowls, an international effort to fight hunger. Staff at Wild Hare Bistro sold 45 of the students' bowls in early December.
Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area members implement "12 Days of Giving" throughout the calendar year. Club members learn about the importance of helping others and giving back to the community through the program. • Day 1: Made cookies and served lemonade to all the guests at United Way's Open House. • Day 2: Club members helped pack racer packets for the Headwaters Science Center's annual Run with the Dinosaurs fundraiser.
TEDxBemidji recently received a $1,000 donation from the Midco Foundation Grant fund. Pictured are Tammy Schotzko, TEDxBemidji co-organizer, and Ryan Binstock, Midco field operations manager. TEDxBemidji is a volunteer endeavor, a press release said. All funds raised through sponsor partnerships go back into organizing TEDxBemidji events.
Recently, three owners and their dogs completed the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association sponsored Therapy Dog Training. Jeff Claypool and Felix, Dawn Kovacovich and Breezy, and Nancy Warner and Jill have recently completed volunteer training based on standards of practice through materials from Delta Society’s Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy Team Training Course, Therapy Dogs, Inc. and 4H Dog Therapy Program.
Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and a high-profile American Indian academic, was named in October to the Minnesota Historical Society's Executive Council. Treuer is one of five new members on the 27-person board, which establishes the historical society's policy; monitors its programs, services; and budget, and more. He is editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language.
Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation recently recognized Jeanne Edevold Larson of Bemidji for her contributions to improving oral health in Minnesota. The award is in honor of Ann K. Johnson, former executive director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, who died suddenly in 2013.
Local students graduate from MSU-Mankato MANKATO—Minnesota State University, Mankato was scheduled to award 1,745 degrees at the end of the fall semester at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15. Jennifer Hinckley of Bemidji received a master's degree in early childhood special education and Brandon Speck of Bemidji received a bachelor's degree in integrated engineering. Bjerke named to Honor's List
Henningsgaard releases new album BEMIDJI—Local musician John Henningsgaard announces the release of "Northern Address," an album of 10 original songs. To celebrate and share the music, Henningsgaard will perform with special guests Lance Heddan, Kristi Miller and others from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at Brigid's Pub in Bemidji. The public is invited.
BEMIDJI -- Five choirs, with 260 voices, will present Bemidji High School’s annual winter concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 at the BHS Auditorium. Under the direction of Chris Fettig, all of the singers will be on stage to perform “Night of Silence,” a song the massed choirs have been performing for 30 years.
Students, their family members and faculty from Minnesota Connections Academy recently took a field trip to Bemidji's AirCorps Aviation, which is dedicated to the restoration, maintenance, and rebuilding of vintage WWII and legacy aircraft, a press release said. The group got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into preserving a historical aircraft. Connections Academy is a K-12 online public school that students across the state attend from home, the release said.