Pioneer Staff Report
Companion animals can brighten the lives and improve the well-being of nursing home residents, hospital patients and children in treatment centers, as well as many others. Recently, eight owners and their dogs completed the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association sponsored Therapy Dog Training. They 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.
Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently congratulated the new business Wingin' It. The restaurant, located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, offers wings, sides, sandwiches, wraps and catering. Online ordering is also available.
WASHINGTON—A young Bemidji man joined U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan for a busy day of Capitol Hill meetings and hearings as a part of the 7th Annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day on Wednesday, May 23.
Nate Haskell, market president of Bank Forward Bemidji, recently announced a $2,500 donation to the Lucas Noonan family through the Forward Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of children in communities served by Bank Forward, Insure Forward, Tax Forward, and Invest Forward, a press release said. Lucas, the son of Autumn and Robert Noonan, was recently diagnosed with a serious illness. The Forward Foundation donation will be used to offset ongoing medical expenses.
Sara Labraaten State Farm recently presented a check in support of the Bemidji Angel Fund 5K. The event is a fundraiser for the Bemidji School District's Angel Fund that pays for school lunches for students who do not meet the free lunch program qualification guidelines. They also provided funds for 11 registrants. The 5K is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, at Paul Bunyan Park. For more information, visit www.bemidjiangelfund5k.com .
Val and John Ahrens present checks totaling $2,200 from the Bemidji Eagles No. 351 Aerie and Auxiliary to Ardell Larson from Kickin' Up Kountry for Hopes, Dreams and Smiles. The funds will help children with life-threatening illnesses go to the music festival.
Several competitors from the Blackduck Judo Club attended the Minnesota State Open Judo Championship on May 12 in Eagan, Minn. Pictured in the back row from left to right are Courtney Matheny, LeeAnn Fraley, coach Aaron Young, Will Matheny, Joe Puchalski and coach Jerry Young. In the front row are Olivia Frenzel, Julia Frenze (second place), Morgan Notsch, Amy Notsch (first place), and Annie Frenzel (second place).
Bessler-Wiebolt Electric recently gave $500 to Watermark Art Center's "Art Means Business" capital campaign. Pictured left to right are Justin Bessler, Chad Bessler and Tom Haldeman, from Bessler-Wiebolt, with Marilyn Miller and Pat Donnay from Watermark Art Center. Submitted photo.
The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way recognize "Someone Special Volunteers" who have made significant contributions to the community. Northern Dental Access Center has nominated Hunter Juve as a Someone Special Volunteer.
Val Ahrens presents a check for $300 from Bemidji Eagles Auxiliary No. 351 to Executive Director Wanda Yoemans from Churches United.