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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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February 23, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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February 23, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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February 23, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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February 23, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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February 23, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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February 23, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Bemidji State opens new Talley Gallery with show by North Dakota artist

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February 23, 2015N/A

After a year-long redesign and construction effort, Bemidji State University is unveiling its new Talley Gallery with an exhibition by local artist Jennifer Nelson.
Nelson’s exhibit, “The Space Between,” opens on Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 26. An artist reception will be held for Nelson beginning at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28.
The exhibit will include a selection of drawings focused on storytelling and the creation of place through compositional space. Nelson’s work concentrates on a single moment in time in a narrative and features objects or characters of interest in an isolated space.
“The openness causes one to become acutely aware space, and the things that are present take on greater meaning because of the isolation,” Nelson said. “The isolation and emptiness create a location that becomes tangible through the actions of the things that inhabit the space.”
Jennifer Nelson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato and has a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Dakota. Currently a lecturer at the University of North Dakota, Nelson’s work can be seen in solo and group shows around the country.
“A Space Between” and all activities at the Talley Gallery are supported by Bemidji State’s students through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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February 23, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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February 23, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

THE MARCH, Art Exhibition/Opening

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February 23, 2015

Join Us For The Opening Reception Of Our First Exhibition Of 2015
THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice, and the Celebration of Black History Month
Exhibition Runs From February 6 - February 28
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The Franklin Arts Center Resident Artists Gallery, presents, "THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice and the Celebration of Black History Month."
This exhibition showcases over thirty pieces of artwork created by more than ten artists from all over the country. All of the artwork on display responds to racial injustice, police violence, and other topics related to recent events. In addition, artwork that celebrates African American history, culture, and traditions will be included too. As a select community, we feel it is important for people to be aware of the issues taking place around them, and how different people view and experience racial issues today. It is equally important to learn about and understand the people that make up all cultures within our world, and to be accepting of their traditions and ways of life.
We hope that visitors to this exhibition will be able to think deeply about the issues that have taken place throughout history, and continued to affect our society today. Also, we hope to create an open dialogue among all people, which may lead to a better understanding of the events and cultural differences around us, and promote peace and change within our society.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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February 23, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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February 23, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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February 23, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

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February 23, 2015N/A

Gallery North will offer FREE classes during the month of February's "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art." A sample of these projects are posted at Gallery North, 502 Third Street NW, Bemidji, MN. Stop by and register NOW, classes are filling up fast! Classes offered:
February 3: "Paper Quilling" with Jeanie Fenner, 1:30 pm. Learn how to quill with any scrap paper, bring a quilling tool available at Ben Franklin or Ink Spot.
February 11: “Carve a Cross” with Les Sanders, 1-4 pm. Hand carve a wooden cross that can be used as a bookmark, pin, or pendant. Students will learn basic hand carving, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 12: “Beaded Pin or Pendant” with Kathy Sanders, 1-4 pm. Beginner level, hand beaded project that can be used as a pin or pendant. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 14: "Flutter Mask Butterfly" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will do a basic watercolor resist of a butterfly. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 16: "Valentine Basketry" with Monie Martin, 1-4 pm. Class features a 5X8 weave basket with hearts, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 17: "Ukrainian Eggs" with Mary Morton, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Students will complete a finished egg. Students should bring a taper candle with stand.
February 18: "Herringbone Beadwork" with Curtis Schagunn, 1-4 pm. Students will learn the herringbone stitch to complete a bracelet, bring your reading glasses if you need them!
February 19: "Woodcarving" with Bemidji Woodcarving Club, 1-4 pm. Students will carve a wood otter to use as a letter opener, all materials furnished.
February 23: "Reverse Painting on Glass" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will complete a 5X7 reverse painting on class, subject of their choice. Students bring a 5X7 frame with glass and a simple picture or photo.
February 24: "Let‘s Paint a Spring Birch" with Maureen O'Brien, 1-4 pm. Acrylic painting of spring birch trees, students should bring #4 script and #6 round brushes and a palette knife.
February 27: “Tatting Basics” with Marie Hamre, 1-4 pm. Students will learn how to make the basic double stitch, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 28: “Tatting Day” with Marie Hamre, all day. Drop by with your tatting questions, stay for awhile or all day!
Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at

www.gallerynorthbemidji.com

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

The Center - Monday Events

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February 23, 2015

The Center - Monday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Monday
8 a.m. - Card Recycling
8 a.m.– 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise
8:30-4 p.m. Prayer Quilting Group
9 a.m. - Advice from Ann
9 a.m. - Free Blood Pressure Checks
10 a.m. - Mah Jongg lessons
10 a.m.– 4 p.m. - Gift Shop
11 - 11:30 a.m. - Bone Builder
11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Swedish Meatballs, paprika potatoes, spinach, bread, ice cream, milk
12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Judy Hartman
12:30 p.m. -Party Bridge
1:15 p.m. – Cribbage

The Center - Monday Events

Beltrami County Public Health

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February 23, 2015

You have probably heard about the recent outbreak of the measles on the news. We want to help you protect your family from vaccine-preventable diseases. Visit the Beltrami County Public Health Family Health clinic located at 616 America Avenue, Suite 130, Bemidji for vaccination information and needs. Walk-in shot clinics are every Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. For more information please call 218-333-8140 or 218-333-8145.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015

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February 23, 2015

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of February as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment only 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Monday: February 2, 9, and 23 Wednesday: February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: February 3, 10, 17 and 24 Friday: February 6, 13, 20 and 27

WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, February 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, February 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, February 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, February 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Brainerd Public Library

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February 23, 2015

Family Book Club - Monday, February 23 @ 4:30pm Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of the 2000 Newbery Medal. Our book club is for kids ages 8-12 and their parents/guardians. Pick up a copy of the book at the library and read it together before book club. Then come to book club and talk about your reading as a family and make fun crafts. Snacks too! Family Book Club is a great way to foster a lifetime of reading in your family.

Brainerd Public Library

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February 23, 2015

“Paws” to read with Lulu the Dog - Lulu is a Reading Education Assistance Dog. She is very patient and calm and a great listener. Whether you’re a strong or struggling reader Lulu loves to hear kids read stories. Want to read her a story? Lulu will be at the library Monday February 9th and Monday February 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at 829-5574.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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February 24, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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February 24, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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February 24, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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February 24, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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February 24, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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February 24, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Bemidji State opens new Talley Gallery with show by North Dakota artist

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February 24, 2015N/A

After a year-long redesign and construction effort, Bemidji State University is unveiling its new Talley Gallery with an exhibition by local artist Jennifer Nelson.
Nelson’s exhibit, “The Space Between,” opens on Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 26. An artist reception will be held for Nelson beginning at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28.
The exhibit will include a selection of drawings focused on storytelling and the creation of place through compositional space. Nelson’s work concentrates on a single moment in time in a narrative and features objects or characters of interest in an isolated space.
“The openness causes one to become acutely aware space, and the things that are present take on greater meaning because of the isolation,” Nelson said. “The isolation and emptiness create a location that becomes tangible through the actions of the things that inhabit the space.”
Jennifer Nelson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato and has a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Dakota. Currently a lecturer at the University of North Dakota, Nelson’s work can be seen in solo and group shows around the country.
“A Space Between” and all activities at the Talley Gallery are supported by Bemidji State’s students through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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February 24, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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February 24, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

THE MARCH, Art Exhibition/Opening

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February 24, 2015

Join Us For The Opening Reception Of Our First Exhibition Of 2015
THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice, and the Celebration of Black History Month
Exhibition Runs From February 6 - February 28
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The Franklin Arts Center Resident Artists Gallery, presents, "THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice and the Celebration of Black History Month."
This exhibition showcases over thirty pieces of artwork created by more than ten artists from all over the country. All of the artwork on display responds to racial injustice, police violence, and other topics related to recent events. In addition, artwork that celebrates African American history, culture, and traditions will be included too. As a select community, we feel it is important for people to be aware of the issues taking place around them, and how different people view and experience racial issues today. It is equally important to learn about and understand the people that make up all cultures within our world, and to be accepting of their traditions and ways of life.
We hope that visitors to this exhibition will be able to think deeply about the issues that have taken place throughout history, and continued to affect our society today. Also, we hope to create an open dialogue among all people, which may lead to a better understanding of the events and cultural differences around us, and promote peace and change within our society.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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February 24, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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February 24, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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February 24, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

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February 24, 2015N/A

Gallery North will offer FREE classes during the month of February's "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art." A sample of these projects are posted at Gallery North, 502 Third Street NW, Bemidji, MN. Stop by and register NOW, classes are filling up fast! Classes offered:
February 3: "Paper Quilling" with Jeanie Fenner, 1:30 pm. Learn how to quill with any scrap paper, bring a quilling tool available at Ben Franklin or Ink Spot.
February 11: “Carve a Cross” with Les Sanders, 1-4 pm. Hand carve a wooden cross that can be used as a bookmark, pin, or pendant. Students will learn basic hand carving, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 12: “Beaded Pin or Pendant” with Kathy Sanders, 1-4 pm. Beginner level, hand beaded project that can be used as a pin or pendant. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 14: "Flutter Mask Butterfly" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will do a basic watercolor resist of a butterfly. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 16: "Valentine Basketry" with Monie Martin, 1-4 pm. Class features a 5X8 weave basket with hearts, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 17: "Ukrainian Eggs" with Mary Morton, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Students will complete a finished egg. Students should bring a taper candle with stand.
February 18: "Herringbone Beadwork" with Curtis Schagunn, 1-4 pm. Students will learn the herringbone stitch to complete a bracelet, bring your reading glasses if you need them!
February 19: "Woodcarving" with Bemidji Woodcarving Club, 1-4 pm. Students will carve a wood otter to use as a letter opener, all materials furnished.
February 23: "Reverse Painting on Glass" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will complete a 5X7 reverse painting on class, subject of their choice. Students bring a 5X7 frame with glass and a simple picture or photo.
February 24: "Let‘s Paint a Spring Birch" with Maureen O'Brien, 1-4 pm. Acrylic painting of spring birch trees, students should bring #4 script and #6 round brushes and a palette knife.
February 27: “Tatting Basics” with Marie Hamre, 1-4 pm. Students will learn how to make the basic double stitch, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 28: “Tatting Day” with Marie Hamre, all day. Drop by with your tatting questions, stay for awhile or all day!
Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at

www.gallerynorthbemidji.com

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015

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February 24, 2015

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of February as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment only 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Monday: February 2, 9, and 23 Wednesday: February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: February 3, 10, 17 and 24 Friday: February 6, 13, 20 and 27

WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, February 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, February 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, February 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, February 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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February 24, 2015N/A

Beginning Skating & Hockey
Tuesdays Jan. 6 - Feb 24 Open to 1st- 4th Graders 3-5pm Suggested Donation: $5 per session
Do you like to skate? Do you need more practice? Do you want help learning basic skating fundamentals? This class will help you with all of that. Also, learn basic puck handling and passing. All pucks will remain on the ice. No rough stuff or actual games, just practice. If you have a hockey stick, bring it with to practice. Sign up for a couple classes or sign up for all classes. Dress for the weather. Bus will be provided to ice rink - parents must pick up students from ice rink. Instructor: Kevin Haegele PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Pine River-Backus Community Ed

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February 24, 2015N/A

Beginning Hatha Yoga
Fee: $35/Session Session 1—Feb. 3 – 24 Time 5:15-6:15pm
Discover the benefits of yoga for daily well-being. We will learn poses and breathing techniques to relieve tension and improve mental clarity. This class is ideal for new and experienced students. Wear stretchy comfortable clothes and bring a mat and a blanket.
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American Tribal Style® Bellydance
Fee: $35/Session Session 1: Tuesdays Feb. 3 – 24 Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Feel FABULOUS with American Tribal Style Belly Dance! Each class will cover fun new movements for arms, bellies and hips, focusing on strength, confidence, coordination and creativity. Dress comfortably for fluid movement. For women only and youth (ages 12-17 with parental consent).
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The Center - Tuesday Events

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February 24, 2015

The Center - Tuesday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Tuesday
8 a.m.-1 p.m. - Open Craft
8 a.m.- The Center’s Toymaker Club
8 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise Room
8 a.m.– Hand & Foot
9 -10 a.m. - Exercise
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AARP Taxes
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The Gift Shop
10 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Doll Makers
11:15 a.m–12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Liver or Pepper Steak, buttered boiled potatoes, peas, bread, apple cobbler, milk
12:30 p.m.- Dominos
1 p.m. - Progressive 500
1 p.m. – Acrylic Painting
1 p.m. Oil Painting Class
6 p.m. - Duplicate Bridge

The Center - Tuesday Events

Beltrami County and Beyond History Series at the Bemidji Public Library

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February 24, 2015

The Bemidji Public Library and the Beltrami County Historical Society are partnering to present a Beltrami County History Lecture series at the Library. This will be a four part series presented at noon on Tuesdays through the whole month of February. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.
February 3: “Getting Wired: Electrification in Beltrami County” presented by Dan Karalus
February 10: “Prohibition in Minnesota” presented by BSU students of Dr. John Ellis’ History 2610--Minnesota History class
February 17: “Native Nations in Minnesota” presented by Anton Treuer
February 24: “Bombing of the Big Bog” presented by Doug Easthouse
This history series is funded in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage. For more information, please contact the Bemidji Public Library at 218-751-3963.

Bemidji State University hosting MPR forum on climate change in Minnesota

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February 24, 2015

Minnesota Public Radio is bringing a conversation on its extensive series, “Climate Change in Minnesota,” to the Bemidji State University campus for an open forum on Feb. 24.
Hosted by reporter Dan Kraker and news director Mike Edgerly, MPR will give an inside look at the series, the result of more than six months of research and reporting, and provide an opportunity to discuss the reality of climate change in the state.
The forum will be held in Hagg-Sauer Hall room 100 on the BSU campus beginning at 2 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.
MPR’s series, “Climate Change in Minnesota,” included an examination of voluminous data and interviews with scores of scientists, state and local officials, farmers, foresters, health experts, weather observers, policy makers and residents.
“I’m most excited about the opportunity for students to be a part of this state-wide dialogue and ask questions and be involved in something like this from outside the university,” said Erika Bailey-Johnson, BSU’s sustainability coordinator. “It will be a great opportunity to engage in a conversation about climate change with these people.”
“Climate Change in Minnesota” was a five-day, multiple-platform series featuring an in-depth exploration of the many statewide effects of climate change. Minnesota is warmer than it used to be. Rain falls in bigger downpours. Hay fever sufferers have a longer sneezing season, and the ticks that deliver Lyme disease are expanding their range. Red maple trees are moving north, along with purple finches, and the number of moose in the state has declined.
The full series is available for listening and viewing at mprnews.org and on the MPR News Climate Cast podcast.

Bemidji State University hosting MPR forum on climate change in Minnesota

Pine River-Backus Community Ed

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February 24, 2015

Beginning Skating & Hockey (Grades 1-4)
Tuesdays 3-5pm Month of February
Suggested Donation of $5 per Session
Do you like to skate? Do you need more practice? Do you want help learning basic skating fundamentals? This class will help you with all of that. Also, learn basic puck handling and passing. All pucks will remain on the ice. No rough stuff or actual games, just practice. If you have a hockey stick, bring it with to practice. Sign up for a couple classes or sign up for all classes. Dress for the weather. Bus will be provided to ice rink - parents must pick up students from ice rink.

Sustainable Tuesday

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February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24th: Learn how to make arm-knit scarves
​Join us at the American Indian Resource Center at BSU to learn how to make these popular arm-knit scarves! Our very own BSU student, Alexandra Miller, will lead this workshop- no knitting experience required! Bring along two skeins of yarn, size 6 bulky. Some yarn will also be available for purchase.​

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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February 25, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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February 25, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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February 25, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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February 25, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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February 25, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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February 25, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Bemidji State opens new Talley Gallery with show by North Dakota artist

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February 25, 2015N/A

After a year-long redesign and construction effort, Bemidji State University is unveiling its new Talley Gallery with an exhibition by local artist Jennifer Nelson.
Nelson’s exhibit, “The Space Between,” opens on Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 26. An artist reception will be held for Nelson beginning at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28.
The exhibit will include a selection of drawings focused on storytelling and the creation of place through compositional space. Nelson’s work concentrates on a single moment in time in a narrative and features objects or characters of interest in an isolated space.
“The openness causes one to become acutely aware space, and the things that are present take on greater meaning because of the isolation,” Nelson said. “The isolation and emptiness create a location that becomes tangible through the actions of the things that inhabit the space.”
Jennifer Nelson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato and has a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Dakota. Currently a lecturer at the University of North Dakota, Nelson’s work can be seen in solo and group shows around the country.
“A Space Between” and all activities at the Talley Gallery are supported by Bemidji State’s students through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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February 25, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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February 25, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

THE MARCH, Art Exhibition/Opening

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February 25, 2015

Join Us For The Opening Reception Of Our First Exhibition Of 2015
THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice, and the Celebration of Black History Month
Exhibition Runs From February 6 - February 28
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The Franklin Arts Center Resident Artists Gallery, presents, "THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice and the Celebration of Black History Month."
This exhibition showcases over thirty pieces of artwork created by more than ten artists from all over the country. All of the artwork on display responds to racial injustice, police violence, and other topics related to recent events. In addition, artwork that celebrates African American history, culture, and traditions will be included too. As a select community, we feel it is important for people to be aware of the issues taking place around them, and how different people view and experience racial issues today. It is equally important to learn about and understand the people that make up all cultures within our world, and to be accepting of their traditions and ways of life.
We hope that visitors to this exhibition will be able to think deeply about the issues that have taken place throughout history, and continued to affect our society today. Also, we hope to create an open dialogue among all people, which may lead to a better understanding of the events and cultural differences around us, and promote peace and change within our society.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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February 25, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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February 25, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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February 25, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015

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February 25, 2015

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of February as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment only 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Monday: February 2, 9, and 23 Wednesday: February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: February 3, 10, 17 and 24 Friday: February 6, 13, 20 and 27

WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, February 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, February 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, February 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, February 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Lenten Services

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February 25, 2015N/A

Event: Lenten Services
Place: First Lutheran Church
900 Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN
Date: February 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
Time: 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
More information: 444-5302
The noon service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. service will be preceded by supper at 5 p.m. Both meals are free-will donation and will be served in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come.

The Center - Wednesday Events

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February 25, 2015

The Center - Wednesday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Wednesday
8 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise Room
9 a.m. – Hand & Foot
9:30 a.m. - The Center’s Morning Group
9:30 a.m. - Rosemaling
10 a.m. - Mah Jongg
10 a.m. - Knitting
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The Gift Shop
11– 11:30 a.m. -Bone Builders
11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Service Dining: Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, dinner roll, pudding dessert, milk
12:30 p.m. – Bingo
3 p.m. – Clogging

The Center - Wednesday Events

League of Women Voters Monthly Meeting

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February 25, 2015

Sheriff Phil Hodapp will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the League of Women Voters on February 25 at 1 p.m. in the meeting room at Luekens North. He will discuss issues pertinent to the community. Guests are welcome. The League is a non-partisan political organization working to influence public policy through education and advocacy. New members are welcomed, men and women. For more information call 243-2679.

THE MISSISSIPPI RIVERFRONT PLAN

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February 25, 2015

THE MISSISSIPPI RIVERFRONT PLAN
Speaker: Mark Ostgarden, Brainerd City Planner
February 25, Wednesday, 7 pm at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
Have you heard about the planning for a Mississippi Riverfront project? Want to learn more about it and how you can provide input?
For the past year, a City of Brainerd riverfront committee has been working on the Mississippi Riverfront Plan. Partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Rural Design, the committee is working to create vision concepts for a 2 plus mile river section in the community. Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden, will present an overview of the committee’s work and insights into the next steps of the process to develop a plan to better utilize our world-class natural resource, the Mississippi River.
This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Pam Perry at pkperry@brainerd.net or the Northland Arboretum at arboretum@brainerd.net

The Mississippi Riverfront Plan

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February 25, 2015

Presented by Mark Ostgarden
Brainerd City Planner
Wednesday, February 25, 2015. 7:00 PM
Have you heard about the planning for a Mississippi Riverfront project?
Want to learn more about it and how you can provide input?
For the past year, a City of Brainerd riverfront committee has been working on the Mississippi Riverfront Plan. Partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Rural Design, the committee is working to create vision concepts for a 2 plus mile river section in the community.
Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden, will present an overview of the committee’s work and insights into the next steps of the process to develop a plan to better utilize our world class natural resource, the Mississippi River.
This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society. For more information, contact Pam Perry at pkperry@brainerd.net

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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February 26, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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February 26, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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February 26, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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February 26, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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February 26, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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February 26, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Bemidji State opens new Talley Gallery with show by North Dakota artist

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February 26, 2015N/A

After a year-long redesign and construction effort, Bemidji State University is unveiling its new Talley Gallery with an exhibition by local artist Jennifer Nelson.
Nelson’s exhibit, “The Space Between,” opens on Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 26. An artist reception will be held for Nelson beginning at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28.
The exhibit will include a selection of drawings focused on storytelling and the creation of place through compositional space. Nelson’s work concentrates on a single moment in time in a narrative and features objects or characters of interest in an isolated space.
“The openness causes one to become acutely aware space, and the things that are present take on greater meaning because of the isolation,” Nelson said. “The isolation and emptiness create a location that becomes tangible through the actions of the things that inhabit the space.”
Jennifer Nelson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato and has a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Dakota. Currently a lecturer at the University of North Dakota, Nelson’s work can be seen in solo and group shows around the country.
“A Space Between” and all activities at the Talley Gallery are supported by Bemidji State’s students through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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February 26, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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February 26, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

THE MARCH, Art Exhibition/Opening

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February 26, 2015

Join Us For The Opening Reception Of Our First Exhibition Of 2015
THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice, and the Celebration of Black History Month
Exhibition Runs From February 6 - February 28
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The Franklin Arts Center Resident Artists Gallery, presents, "THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice and the Celebration of Black History Month."
This exhibition showcases over thirty pieces of artwork created by more than ten artists from all over the country. All of the artwork on display responds to racial injustice, police violence, and other topics related to recent events. In addition, artwork that celebrates African American history, culture, and traditions will be included too. As a select community, we feel it is important for people to be aware of the issues taking place around them, and how different people view and experience racial issues today. It is equally important to learn about and understand the people that make up all cultures within our world, and to be accepting of their traditions and ways of life.
We hope that visitors to this exhibition will be able to think deeply about the issues that have taken place throughout history, and continued to affect our society today. Also, we hope to create an open dialogue among all people, which may lead to a better understanding of the events and cultural differences around us, and promote peace and change within our society.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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February 26, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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February 26, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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February 26, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

LIMITED SHORT CALL SUBSTITUTE PROGRAM

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February 26, 2015N/A

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TEACH BUT DON’T HAVE THE FULL CREDENTIALS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME CERTIFIED AS SHORT-CALL SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS UNDER THE MINNESOTA LIMITED SHORT CALL SUBSTITUTE PROGRAM.
RESOURCE TRAINING & SOLUTIONS IN ST. CLOUD HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS COORDINATED A TWO-DAY PROGRAM ON FEBRUARY 26 & 27, 2015 TO PREPARE INDIVIDUALS TO APPLY TO BECOME SHORT-CALL SUBSTITUTES. A 4-YEAR DEGREE IS REQUIRED TO QUALIFY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RESOURCE TRAINING & SOLUTIONS, PHONE 320-255-3236 OR TOLL-FREE 844-335-3276, WEBSITE WWW.RESOURCETRAINING.COM

LIMITED SHORT CALL SUBSTITUTE PROGRAM

The Center - Thursday Events

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February 26, 2015

The Center - Thursday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Thursday
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Donut Day
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cardio Exercise
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hand & Foot
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Prayer Quilting
9 – 10 a.m. - Exercise
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AARP Taxes
9:30 a.m. Wood Carvers
10 – 11 a.m. Purple Heart
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Gift Shop
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Lutheran Social Services Dining: Chicken Chow Mein, rice/chow mein noodles, oriental veg., mandarin orange gelatin, brownie, milk
11:30 a.m. Music & Dancing
12 p.m. Water Color Class
12 – 4 p.m. Def. Driving
1 p.m. Scrabble
3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Riesling & Rosemaling

The Center - Thursday Events

Bemidji State University presents The Mikado

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February 26, 2015

The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan’s satiric look at a stereotypical early 20th Century English version of feudal Japan, is coming to Bemidji State University.
The opera, first performed in 1885, follows the story of a teenager, Nanki-Poo, who runs away from home rather than be forced to marry an older woman by his father — who just happens to be the Mikado, emperor of Japan. While on the lam, he falls in love with the girlfriend of a town executioner, who decides to allow Nanki-Poo to marry his girlfriend for one month. After that month, the pair agree that the executioner will behead Nanki-Poo teen in order to fulfill an order from the Mikado that someone in the city be executed.
BSU’s production of The Mikado opens a four-show run on Feb. 26. The opera begins at 7 p.m. each night from Feb. 26-28, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 28.

Stringfever

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February 26, 2015

Stringfever,fresh from London, England–4 world class musicians playing the finest custom made electric stringed instruments. Watch Stringfever’s internationally acclaimed version of Ravel’s Bolero as the guys play this well known classic on one cello simultaneously. Listen to ‘The History of Music in Five Minutes’ and be taken on a musical journey from classic to rock with forty tunes packed into an awesome five minutes!Seeing is believing!
www.stringfeverusa.com
Chalberg Theatre/CLC, 501 W College Drive, Brainerd MN 56401
Tickets: $25
Box Office: 218-855-8199

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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February 27, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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February 27, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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February 27, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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February 27, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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February 27, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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February 27, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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February 27, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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February 27, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

THE MARCH, Art Exhibition/Opening

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February 27, 2015

Join Us For The Opening Reception Of Our First Exhibition Of 2015
THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice, and the Celebration of Black History Month
Exhibition Runs From February 6 - February 28
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The Franklin Arts Center Resident Artists Gallery, presents, "THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice and the Celebration of Black History Month."
This exhibition showcases over thirty pieces of artwork created by more than ten artists from all over the country. All of the artwork on display responds to racial injustice, police violence, and other topics related to recent events. In addition, artwork that celebrates African American history, culture, and traditions will be included too. As a select community, we feel it is important for people to be aware of the issues taking place around them, and how different people view and experience racial issues today. It is equally important to learn about and understand the people that make up all cultures within our world, and to be accepting of their traditions and ways of life.
We hope that visitors to this exhibition will be able to think deeply about the issues that have taken place throughout history, and continued to affect our society today. Also, we hope to create an open dialogue among all people, which may lead to a better understanding of the events and cultural differences around us, and promote peace and change within our society.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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February 27, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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February 27, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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February 27, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

LIMITED SHORT CALL SUBSTITUTE PROGRAM

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February 27, 2015N/A

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TEACH BUT DON’T HAVE THE FULL CREDENTIALS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME CERTIFIED AS SHORT-CALL SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS UNDER THE MINNESOTA LIMITED SHORT CALL SUBSTITUTE PROGRAM.
RESOURCE TRAINING & SOLUTIONS IN ST. CLOUD HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS COORDINATED A TWO-DAY PROGRAM ON FEBRUARY 26 & 27, 2015 TO PREPARE INDIVIDUALS TO APPLY TO BECOME SHORT-CALL SUBSTITUTES. A 4-YEAR DEGREE IS REQUIRED TO QUALIFY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RESOURCE TRAINING & SOLUTIONS, PHONE 320-255-3236 OR TOLL-FREE 844-335-3276, WEBSITE WWW.RESOURCETRAINING.COM

LIMITED SHORT CALL SUBSTITUTE PROGRAM

Bemidji State University presents The Mikado

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February 27, 2015

The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan’s satiric look at a stereotypical early 20th Century English version of feudal Japan, is coming to Bemidji State University.
The opera, first performed in 1885, follows the story of a teenager, Nanki-Poo, who runs away from home rather than be forced to marry an older woman by his father — who just happens to be the Mikado, emperor of Japan. While on the lam, he falls in love with the girlfriend of a town executioner, who decides to allow Nanki-Poo to marry his girlfriend for one month. After that month, the pair agree that the executioner will behead Nanki-Poo teen in order to fulfill an order from the Mikado that someone in the city be executed.
BSU’s production of The Mikado opens a four-show run on Feb. 26. The opera begins at 7 p.m. each night from Feb. 26-28, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 28.

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

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February 27, 2015N/A

Gallery North will offer FREE classes during the month of February's "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art." A sample of these projects are posted at Gallery North, 502 Third Street NW, Bemidji, MN. Stop by and register NOW, classes are filling up fast! Classes offered:
February 3: "Paper Quilling" with Jeanie Fenner, 1:30 pm. Learn how to quill with any scrap paper, bring a quilling tool available at Ben Franklin or Ink Spot.
February 11: “Carve a Cross” with Les Sanders, 1-4 pm. Hand carve a wooden cross that can be used as a bookmark, pin, or pendant. Students will learn basic hand carving, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 12: “Beaded Pin or Pendant” with Kathy Sanders, 1-4 pm. Beginner level, hand beaded project that can be used as a pin or pendant. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 14: "Flutter Mask Butterfly" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will do a basic watercolor resist of a butterfly. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 16: "Valentine Basketry" with Monie Martin, 1-4 pm. Class features a 5X8 weave basket with hearts, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 17: "Ukrainian Eggs" with Mary Morton, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Students will complete a finished egg. Students should bring a taper candle with stand.
February 18: "Herringbone Beadwork" with Curtis Schagunn, 1-4 pm. Students will learn the herringbone stitch to complete a bracelet, bring your reading glasses if you need them!
February 19: "Woodcarving" with Bemidji Woodcarving Club, 1-4 pm. Students will carve a wood otter to use as a letter opener, all materials furnished.
February 23: "Reverse Painting on Glass" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will complete a 5X7 reverse painting on class, subject of their choice. Students bring a 5X7 frame with glass and a simple picture or photo.
February 24: "Let‘s Paint a Spring Birch" with Maureen O'Brien, 1-4 pm. Acrylic painting of spring birch trees, students should bring #4 script and #6 round brushes and a palette knife.
February 27: “Tatting Basics” with Marie Hamre, 1-4 pm. Students will learn how to make the basic double stitch, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 28: “Tatting Day” with Marie Hamre, all day. Drop by with your tatting questions, stay for awhile or all day!
Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at

www.gallerynorthbemidji.com

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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February 27, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Grassroots Concerts Spring 2015 Concert Schedule

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February 27, 2015N/A

SPRING 2015 CONCERT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 – BETH WOOD www.bethwoodmusic.com
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Beth began her musical
journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a rich musical heritage. After 18 years of touring and
9 albums, Beth has never looked back. “Beth Wood is a triple threat—a thoughtful songwriter and
talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.”—The Washington Post

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 – WILLY PORTER www.willyporter.com
Willy Porter returns to the Grassroots stage with his righteous brand of finger-picking guitar style and
rich songwriting for an evening of high-test tunes and fun. Willy, a Wisconsin native, has toured
worldwide for the past 20 years. “Willy Porter is a relaxed and fearless performer who’ll entertain you
as well as move you."—Acoustic Guitar

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015 – THE LOWEST PAIR www.thelowestpair.com
The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time, roots-influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of
banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original
music, often nestling in somewhere between. Road warriors with a city-folk front and a back-porch
sentiment, they pair their "two-banjo approach with an earnest, earthy songcraft."—American
Songwriter

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 – SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER www.sparkyandrhonda.com
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker’s concert performance is a humor-filled journey through 400 years of
African-American cultural and folk history, encompassing old-time blues, Appalachian music, slave songs,
Civil War music, spirituals, work songs, ballads, Civil Rights music, and Sparky’s own original
compositions. Sparky will "make you glad to be alive and struggling.”—Pete Seeger

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 – MARK KROOS www.markkroos.com
Mark Kroos plays two guitar necks at the same time in a style characterized by open harmonies,
polyphonic textures, and incredible tapping technique. His musical madness is as entertaining to watch
as to listen to. “I closed my eyes and heard more than one guitarist…it's obvious that Mark is never
musically alone.”—Phil Keaggy

Nonprofit GRASSROOTS CONCERTS are held at the LIVE WELL NIGHTCLUB AND COFFEE BAR
at the Journey Church, 5459 Co. Rd. 18, Nisswa, MN. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5
for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is
first-come, first-served. Showtime is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you're encouraged to come
early to claim your choice of seats. At each concert, decidedly the best family entertainment in the
Brainerd Lakes area, GRASSROOTS welcomes your nonperishable food or cash donation to a local food
shelf. For more information, please go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or call 218-829-4092. Thanks
for your support!

Grassroots Concerts Spring 2015 Concert Schedule

Le Bistro at WoodsEdge hosts artisan bread sale

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February 27, 2015

Le Bistro at WoodsEdge hosts artisan bread sale.
Sanford Health WoodsEdge Le Bistro is hosting a $5 Bread Sale Friday, Feb. 27 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until all bread is sold) at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., Bemidji. The sale features three handmade artisan breads by Chef Ed; flavors include wild rice, pumpernickel and potato. All breads are $5 per loaf.
A portion of the proceeds supports Neilson Place residents' quality of life activities.

The Center - Friday Events

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February 27, 2015

The Center - Friday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Friday
8 a.m. - Card Recycling
8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Cardio Exercise Room
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AARP Taxes
10 a.m. - Walking Exercise
10 a.m. Whist
11 a.m. - Bone Builders
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Lemon Pepper Fish, rice pilaf, cole slaw, mixed veg., dinner roll, raspberry parfait dessert, milk
1 p.m. - Progressive 500
1 p.m. - Mah Jongg
1 p.m. - Movie Matinee

The Center - Friday Events

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015

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February 27, 2015

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR FEBRUARY 2015
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of February as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment only 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Monday: February 2, 9, and 23 Wednesday: February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: February 3, 10, 17 and 24 Friday: February 6, 13, 20 and 27

WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, February 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, February 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, February 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, February 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Business Luncheon with MNDOT Commissioner Zelle

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February 27, 2015

Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce & Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC)
Host Business Luncheon with MNDOT Commissioner Zelle.
The area public is invited to a business luncheon with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) Commissioner Charlie Zelle and his staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 27 and would like to hear from local businesses of all sizes and sectors. The event will be held in the Audubon Room at Cragun’s Legacy Golf Courses, 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401.
Transportation funding is among Minnesota's top legislative priorities this year and it is critically important to local business and tourism. Governor Dayton has proposed an aggressive ten-year, $11 billion funding package that includes a wholesale tax on gasoline. Your Chamber has aligned with the Minnesota Chamber’s position to support such a comprehensive package that draws upon the general fund, budget surplus and other efficiencies.
The event is open to the public with a cost of $7 per person, which covers lunch. To register, call (218) 822-7107 or visit the event page on the Brainerd Lakes Chamber website at www.chamberbrainerdlakes.com.
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce represents more than 900 businesses and operates offices in Brainerd, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and the Welcome Center on Highway 371 South. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s mission is to strengthen businesses that strengthen our communities. For more information about becoming a member, contact Kerry Holubar at (218) 822-7121.

Business Luncheon with MNDOT Commissioner Zelle

Fish Fry & Chicken Dinner - Park Rapids Eagles Club

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February 27, 2015

Fish Fry & Chicken Dinner - Park Rapids Eagles Club.
Friday, February 27, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Fish Fry & Chicken, Potatoes, Vegetable, Soup, Salad Bar, Breadsticks, Dessert, Beverage.
Adults: $9.00, under 12: $4.50. Member receive $1.00 discount.
Proceeds benefit Scholarship Fund for local High School Seniors.

Felted Stone Class

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February 27, 2015

Presented by Lisa Jordan
Friday, February 27, 2015
6:00 to 8:00
$15 per Arboretum Member
$20 non-member
Explore the magical art of wet-felting with Lisa Jordan and create your own felted stones to use as natural home décor.
We will be using soap and water in this class and
will get a little bubbly - so dress accordingly.
To register for class contact Northland Arboretum at 218-829-8770 or via email at info@northlandarb.org. Payment is due at time of registration to hold your place in class.
Fee includes the fiber, tools, and instruction needed to make up to two stones. Additional materials will be available for purchase from the instructor after the class.
Lisa Jordan is an artist living under the poplar and pine in rural Brainerd. She finds inspiration in her natural surroundings and her work reflects the many colors and textures found there. Lisa works primarily in wool, in both needle and wet felting.
Her work has appeared in magazines such as Fiber Art Now, and Handspun; in a number of craft books by Lark books; and in venues such as the gift shop at The Walker Art Center, The Sheldon Museum of Art’s shop, and in Art-o-mat machines across the country. She enjoys sharing the fascinating art of felting with others through workshops and online through her blog at lilfishstudios.com. By day she is the director of The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd.

Bemidji Public Library offering an evening of poetry

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February 27, 2015

The Bemidji Public Library will be hosting a poetry slam at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 27 at the Keg N’ Cork in Bemidji.
Prize money for the top three Slam poets has been raised to $100 - $75 - and $50 for the three finalists. Contestants should prepare three (3) readings (in case they make it all the way to the third round) of ORIGINAL poetry in any style, each reading limited to three minutes or less. Twelve first-round poets compete to make the seven places in round two; three poets from that round advance to the final round. Five judges, some selected from the audience, rate the poets on a 1-10 scale (half on content, half on performance); the high and low scores are cancelled to prevent any bias and the middle scores are tallied. The audience should be aware that the Poetry Slam may contain adult content during that portion of the evening.
Poets must sign up at the Bemidji Library 751-3963 as soon as possible since the competition is limited to 12 poets! You may also sign up online at http://bemidji.evanced.info/signup. If there are still openings the night of the event, poets may sign up on the stand-by list, or show up at the keg NO LATER than 6:45 to be added to the stand-by list. A drawing from the stand-by list will be used to fill in for no-shows from the list of 12.

Bemidji Public Library offering an evening of poetry

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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February 28, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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February 28, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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February 28, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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February 28, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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February 28, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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February 28, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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February 28, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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February 28, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

THE MARCH, Art Exhibition/Opening

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February 28, 2015

Join Us For The Opening Reception Of Our First Exhibition Of 2015
THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice, and the Celebration of Black History Month
Exhibition Runs From February 6 - February 28
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The Franklin Arts Center Resident Artists Gallery, presents, "THE MARCH: An Exhibition in Response to Racial Injustice and the Celebration of Black History Month."
This exhibition showcases over thirty pieces of artwork created by more than ten artists from all over the country. All of the artwork on display responds to racial injustice, police violence, and other topics related to recent events. In addition, artwork that celebrates African American history, culture, and traditions will be included too. As a select community, we feel it is important for people to be aware of the issues taking place around them, and how different people view and experience racial issues today. It is equally important to learn about and understand the people that make up all cultures within our world, and to be accepting of their traditions and ways of life.
We hope that visitors to this exhibition will be able to think deeply about the issues that have taken place throughout history, and continued to affect our society today. Also, we hope to create an open dialogue among all people, which may lead to a better understanding of the events and cultural differences around us, and promote peace and change within our society.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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February 28, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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February 28, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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February 28, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Bemidji State University presents The Mikado

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February 28, 2015

The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan’s satiric look at a stereotypical early 20th Century English version of feudal Japan, is coming to Bemidji State University.
The opera, first performed in 1885, follows the story of a teenager, Nanki-Poo, who runs away from home rather than be forced to marry an older woman by his father — who just happens to be the Mikado, emperor of Japan. While on the lam, he falls in love with the girlfriend of a town executioner, who decides to allow Nanki-Poo to marry his girlfriend for one month. After that month, the pair agree that the executioner will behead Nanki-Poo teen in order to fulfill an order from the Mikado that someone in the city be executed.
BSU’s production of The Mikado opens a four-show run on Feb. 26. The opera begins at 7 p.m. each night from Feb. 26-28, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 28.

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

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February 28, 2015N/A

Gallery North will offer FREE classes during the month of February's "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art." A sample of these projects are posted at Gallery North, 502 Third Street NW, Bemidji, MN. Stop by and register NOW, classes are filling up fast! Classes offered:
February 3: "Paper Quilling" with Jeanie Fenner, 1:30 pm. Learn how to quill with any scrap paper, bring a quilling tool available at Ben Franklin or Ink Spot.
February 11: “Carve a Cross” with Les Sanders, 1-4 pm. Hand carve a wooden cross that can be used as a bookmark, pin, or pendant. Students will learn basic hand carving, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 12: “Beaded Pin or Pendant” with Kathy Sanders, 1-4 pm. Beginner level, hand beaded project that can be used as a pin or pendant. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 14: "Flutter Mask Butterfly" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will do a basic watercolor resist of a butterfly. All materials furnished by instructor.
February 16: "Valentine Basketry" with Monie Martin, 1-4 pm. Class features a 5X8 weave basket with hearts, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 17: "Ukrainian Eggs" with Mary Morton, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Students will complete a finished egg. Students should bring a taper candle with stand.
February 18: "Herringbone Beadwork" with Curtis Schagunn, 1-4 pm. Students will learn the herringbone stitch to complete a bracelet, bring your reading glasses if you need them!
February 19: "Woodcarving" with Bemidji Woodcarving Club, 1-4 pm. Students will carve a wood otter to use as a letter opener, all materials furnished.
February 23: "Reverse Painting on Glass" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm. Students will complete a 5X7 reverse painting on class, subject of their choice. Students bring a 5X7 frame with glass and a simple picture or photo.
February 24: "Let‘s Paint a Spring Birch" with Maureen O'Brien, 1-4 pm. Acrylic painting of spring birch trees, students should bring #4 script and #6 round brushes and a palette knife.
February 27: “Tatting Basics” with Marie Hamre, 1-4 pm. Students will learn how to make the basic double stitch, all materials furnished by instructor.
February 28: “Tatting Day” with Marie Hamre, all day. Drop by with your tatting questions, stay for awhile or all day!
Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at

www.gallerynorthbemidji.com

WARM YOUR HEART, WITH A LITTLE ART! FREE CLASSES AT GALLERY NORTH

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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February 28, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

edCamp, free professional development opportunity at BSU

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February 28, 2015N/A

EdCamp is a FREE "unconference," designed to let College Professors & K-12 Teachers take back professional development! Rather than paying expensive presenters, we learn from and teach each other!
Come enjoy a day of discussion and networking with PK-16 educators from surrounding communities. Bring an idea for a session that you would like to lead or come with the anticipation of a full day of learning. A session might explore a technology tool, a discussion about best practices, or a collaborative presentation with multiple facilitators.
For more information or to pre-register, please visit: http://edcampbemidji.weebly.com/
If you have questions, please contact me, Angie Gora agora@bemijdistate.edu or Tim Goodwin, Chair of the School of Professional Education tgoodwin@bemidjistate.edu.

edCamp, free professional development opportunity at BSU

BI-COUNTY CAP BOARD SEEKING MEMBERS

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February 28, 2015N/A

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., has openings on its Board of Directors for three low-income representatives: one from Beltrami County and two from Cass County. Board Members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends
March 6, 2015. The term of office is three years.
Low-income persons who want to help others, through BI-CAP, can receive more information, regarding this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, by calling the Bemidji Office at 218-751-4631, or toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, establish agency goals and priorities, review grant applications, review reports, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

Go Red for Women fundraiser at NOXQS Fitness Facility

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February 28, 2015

Go Red for Women fundraiser at NOXQS Fitness Facility: Spinning Nation 2015 – One Day, One Nation, One Cause
The NOXQS Fitness Facility in Bemidji, MN invites everyone in the community to “Go Red for Women” and ride for a great cause on Saturday, Feb. 28. In support of the American Heart Association participants will help raise money for and awareness of heart disease in women. The fundraiser, sponsored by Spinning ™, is unique because 100% of the donations go directly to the American Heart Association. Information can be found at SpinningNation.org to register or to donate.
We have 11 bikes available per hour, participants can choose between two 55-minute cycling classes at 9 or 10 a.m. To reserve a bike, $5 will be due at registration and go towards your minimum Spinning® Nation donation total. Each rider must raise an additional $95 through sponsorship from family and friends or can personally fund the amount for a grand total of $100 raised per rider. This event is open to anyone wishing to ride, so bring your friends and family for a good time and a good cause. For more information contact Charlie Merhar, NOXQS Spinning Instructor, at 218-368-2034 or pcmerhar@paulbunyan.net. Visit SpinningNation.org to register or donate to support a rider at NOXQS.

Go Red for Women fundraiser at NOXQS Fitness Facility

Cabin Fever Craft & Vendor Sale

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February 28, 2015

Vendors Include:
Stacy's All Natural Beauty ~ Stacy
Scentsy~ Amy Crowley Friis
31 ~ Melissa Jewison
It Works ~ Kierra Howard
Pampered Chef ~ Kari Horak
Avon~ Karen Fundine
Crochet Items ~ Lana Ledoux
Steph's Wynning Cakes and Designs ~ Stephanie Wynn
Plexus ~ Terri Dabill
Knit, Plastic Canvas, Items from Cans ~ Bonnie Lee
Groovy Henna ~ Nadia Sol Hardy
Author ~ Megan Kiffmeyer
Photo Memory Balls ~ Peggy Stirling
Handmade Jewlery ~ Genny Eicher
Young Living ~ Diane Imdieke
Younique ~ Kelly Muer
Origami Owl ~ Michelle Moritz
AND MORE.............

Cabin Fever Craft & Vendor Sale

Headwaters Science Center presents – e-cubed (elevated epicurean experience)

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February 28, 2015

Headwaters Science Center will host its sixth annual e-cubed dining experience on Saturday, February 28 from 5 until 8:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available now at HSC, 413 Beltrami Avenue in Bemidji. Art and science are blended within a truly elegant atmosphere, featuring live chamber music on all levels of HSC and a silent auction that offers both art and special experiences. Come and enjoy original gourmet entrees created just for this event by chefs from area eateries such as Novo, Tutto Bene, and Minnesota Nice Cafe. And what do sound and fire have to do with dessert? The dessert show will explain all. The evening begins with a social hour at 5 pm, with dinner at 6:15 and the dessert show at 7:30. Only 100 tickets will be sold, and each year has been a sellout, so don’t delay. Stop in at 413 Beltrami Avenue or call 444-4472 to order tickets.

3rd Annual Pine River Area Food Shelf Fundraiser

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February 28, 2015

3rd Annual Pine River Area Food Shelf Fundraiser
Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 P.M. at the Pine River American Legion
Music by Riverview Shotgun Trio- All proceeds to to Pine River Area Foodshelf

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 1, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 1, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 1, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 1, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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March 1, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 1, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 1, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 1, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 1, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 1, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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March 1, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 1, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

BI-COUNTY CAP BOARD SEEKING MEMBERS

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March 1, 2015N/A

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., has openings on its Board of Directors for three low-income representatives: one from Beltrami County and two from Cass County. Board Members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends
March 6, 2015. The term of office is three years.
Low-income persons who want to help others, through BI-CAP, can receive more information, regarding this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, by calling the Bemidji Office at 218-751-4631, or toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, establish agency goals and priorities, review grant applications, review reports, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

Backus American Legion Auxiliary Monthly Breakfasts Resume

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March 1, 2015

Backus American Legion Auxiliary Monthly Breakfasts Resume in March
The Backus American Legion Auxiliary’s monthly Sunday breakfasts will resume in March of 2015, rather than the usual February Start.
The breakfasts are served the second Sunday of the month through October from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Pancake Sausage & Egg Breakfast - Bargain Bin Sale

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March 1, 2015

Pancake Sausage & Egg Breakfast - Bargain Bin Sale.
Sunday, March 1, 2015. Serving from 8:00 am to 12:00.
Cost: Adults $6.00, 6 to 10 years $3.00, 5 years & under FREE.
Little Falls Senior Center, 510 NE 7th Street, Little Falls, MN 56345.
320-632-8009
Everyone is Welcome.

Lake Bemidji State Park to sponsor first Northland Fat Bike Rally

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March 1, 2015

The “race” is on for fat bike enthusiasts at the first Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park on Sunday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Fat bike riders, gear up and get ready to ride around Lake Bemidji State Park trails. The event is sponsored by Lake Bemidji State Park, Karvakko Engineering, Northern Cycle and the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers.
The main event begins at 11 a.m. with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and then heads into Lake Bemidji State Park, where it loops through Rocky Point, Balsam and Fish Hawk trails, out to the Paul Bunyan State Trail and back. Both a 10K and 28K route will be offered.
The rally is not just for experienced fat bikers. Anyone interested in this new winter sport will have the opportunity to ride the course, check out various fat bikes, learn about the sport by talking with fat bike experts and take a short spin in the snow on one of these “big fatties.” Live music and refreshments will be provided throughout the day in the visitor center.
The course will be closed until the official start time. The trails north of County Road 20 will be open for those who want to warm up or just check out some new terrain. After the event, the course will be open to biking until 4 p.m.
Schedule
9:30 a.m. -- Registration, Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center.
10:15 a.m. -- Mandatory rules meeting, Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center.
11 a.m. -- Event start, on Lake Bemidji.
2:30 p.m. -- Event awards and post-event gathering, Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center.
3 p.m. -- Post-event Fun Ride through the park.
The event and activities are free, but a Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit ($5/one-day or $25/year-round) is required to enter the park.
For more information on the bike rally, contact Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-308-2300, or visit the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers Facebook page.
For more information about fat bike opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/fatbike.

Lake Bemidji State Park to sponsor first Northland Fat Bike Rally

Northland Fat Bike Rally

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March 1, 2015

FREE Race Event
Mass Start on Lake Bemidji
Groomed Race Course on XC Ski Trails
XC SKI TRAILS OPEN 1 DAY ONLY
All XC Ski Trails open for Fat Biking
Race Course will be closed until 2:00 P.M. for Racing
Northern Cycle on-site with Demo Bikes and Service
Schedule
9:00 AM. Volunteer Meeting
9:30 A.M. Registration
10:15 A.M Race Rules Meeting
11:00 A.M. Race Start
2:30 P.M. Race Awards
Refreshments and
Music Indoors
Regulations
3.8” Tires Required
Helmets Required
For Additional Information and Event Updates:
“Like” Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers on Facebook
“Like” Northern Cycle Bemidji on Facebook
Call Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-308-2300

Northland Fat Bike Rally

Cass Lake Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

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March 1, 2015

The Cass Lake Lions Club will have a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Serving is from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Cass Lake Senior Center.
Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children age 6-12 and under 6 free. The menu consists of all the pancakes you can eat with a serving of scrambled eggs,
sausage, coffee and juice.
Profits will be given to our rural fire association to aid in the purchase of equipment for a new truck.

February Follies

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March 1, 2015

February Follies
March 1 , 1:00
Nevis Original Gym
Variety show featuring local talent followed by a Pie Social
Proceeds to Dollars For Scholars/Pam Lindow Scholarship Fund

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 2, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 2, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 2, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 2, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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March 2, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 2, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 2, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 2, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 2, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 2, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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March 2, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 2, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

BI-COUNTY CAP BOARD SEEKING MEMBERS

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March 2, 2015N/A

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., has openings on its Board of Directors for three low-income representatives: one from Beltrami County and two from Cass County. Board Members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends
March 6, 2015. The term of office is three years.
Low-income persons who want to help others, through BI-CAP, can receive more information, regarding this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, by calling the Bemidji Office at 218-751-4631, or toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, establish agency goals and priorities, review grant applications, review reports, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

A2z Yarn,LLC grand opening event

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March 2, 2015N/A

A2Z Yarn, LLC, yarn shop in Franklin Art Center is hosting its Grand Opening March 2-7th. Prizes all week long and a yarn tasting Thursday March 5, from 5pm - 8pm. Call to reserve a spot for the yarn tasting, space is limited.
If you have not attended a yarn tasting before, call or email to find out more and sign up.
Email for the shop is: leanefinlay@yahoo.com and the phone number is 218-454-0133.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 2, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Pine River Backus Community Ed

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March 2, 2015N/A

Archery (3rd-8th Grade) Fee: $10
Join this activity to learn the basics of archery and get some indoor practice this winter. The elementary gym will transform into an archery range. Potentially running 2 classes, a beginner class for those who have not shot a compound bow and an advanced class for those who own their own bow, and have prior instruction and experience. This will be a hands on class with several sessions. NEW THIS YEAR, Archery class will meet the requirements for archery discipline in 4H shooting sports, so archery 4H'ers are also encouraged to come to informational meeting. Sessions starting in March call 587-2080 for more schedules and availability.
In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb - Tue. March 3rd Fee: $5
Come create lion and lamb pictures to show the meaning of the class title.
Tread Softly Fee: $10 Saturday March 7th 1:00 - 3:00 at Stone Woman Herbals
Taking your Feet for granted? This is a great class to help you give your feet the attention they deserve. We will talk about the structure of feet and reflexology, how to care for your feet, and whip up some foot friendly recipes to fight fungus, soften calluses and rough skin and relax your feet before bed. Please bring a towel, a basin to soak your feet in, and a pair of fresh socks.
Ultimate Martial Arts Karate and Self-Defense - (Levels: No-Belt through Green Belt) Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-5:45 pm $49/Month. At UMA, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, practical & advanced martial arts instruction available. Our goal is to teach our students self defense techniques, along with honor, respect and discipline skills that will serve them a lifetime. UMA is the ideal place to develop personal self defense that works, along with increased self esteem, mental toughness, confidence and physical fitness. Our highly trained Black Belts have the ability to communicate their knowledge to students of all ages. Call Community Ed 587-2080 or UMA 218-454-8728 Fees are due monthly - sessions starting on the 1st
Early Childhood Screening March 2nd 8am-3pm
In Minnesota, all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten...age 3+. Screening is a free check of your child's dental health, vision, hearing, height, weight, and development. Children are screened by licensed teachers. Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early services before they enter kindergarten. Contact Charity at 587-8003
BASIC FIRST AID - March 17th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the basics of first aid. You will learn the skills for immediate care that you give an individual before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course. This course also covers choking.
AHA HEARTSAVER CPR - March 19th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the AHA guidelines for adult, child and infant CPR. Topics include CPR, AED use and choking response methods. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course.
(Register for both 1st Aid & CPR for $70)

Brainerd Kiwanis announces March Guest Speakers

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March 2, 2015N/A

During the month of March the Brainerd Kiwanis Club will host a variety of speakers at their weekly meeting held each Monday at noon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Guest speakers include:
March 2: George Fruth will present on his recent trip to Cuba
March 9: Jessie Perrine and Chelsey Perkins from the Brainerd Dispatch
March 16: Cassie Carey from Crow Wing Energized
March 23: Marry Corrigan from the Northland Arboretum
The calendar of guest speakers can be found on the club website at www.brainerdkiwanisclub.org. If you would like more information on the Brainerd Kiwanis Club visit the website or contact the club via email at kiwanisclubofbrainerd@gmail.com.
Kiwanis is an area service club that is dedicated to serving the children and youth of our community. The Key Club at Brainerd High School is sponsored by Kiwanis and involves more than 50 students in leadership development and community service. The annual Kids Triathlon and B.U.G. program (Bring Up Grades) are also programs through Kiwanis that impact our community. March is a membership drive month for the Brainerd Kiwanis club and you are welcome to come and see what Kiwanis is all about!

Brainerd Kiwanis announces March Guest Speakers

The Center - Monday Events

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March 2, 2015

The Center - Monday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Monday
8 a.m. - Card Recycling
8 a.m.– 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise
8:30-4 p.m. Prayer Quilting Group
9 a.m. - Advice from Ann
9 a.m. - Free Blood Pressure Checks
10 a.m. - Mah Jongg lessons
10 a.m.– 4 p.m. - Gift Shop
11 - 11:30 a.m. - Bone Builder
11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Tator Tot Casserole, green beans, apricots, bread, pudding, milk
12:30 p.m. -Party Bridge
1:15 p.m. – Cribbage

The Center - Monday Events

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 2, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Headwaters STEM/STEAM Network Spring Meeting

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March 2, 2015

The Headwaters STEM Network Executive Team invites you to join STEM professionals in Northwestern Minnesota for the 2015 Spring Headwaters STEM/STEAM Network Meeting - March 2nd from 4:30 - 6 pm at Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji.
The meeting will begin at 4:30 with a social half-hour featuring refreshments and an opportunity to browse responses related to the three proposed goals gathered during the Fall 2014 Headwaters STEM network meeting. At 5pm, Anne Hornickel, UM Extension and SciMathMN will facilitate a brief discussion of statewide initiatives and the role of the Headwaters STEM network. Then at 5:15pm Dr. Jim Hess, Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent, will share insights from the Bemidji High School STEM career readiness program.
The meeting will take place in the recently renovated downstairs classroom at Headwaters Science Center. The invitation is open to anyone in Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, or Clearwater counties who is a STEM practitioner, administrator, educator, employer, supporter, or interested party. Please share this invitation with the people in your network and spread the word.
The Minnesota STEM Network is an initiative of SciMathMN (http://scimathmn.org/mnstemnet/) . Please contact Susan Joy, Headwaters Science Center, at 218-444-4472 with questions.

Headwaters STEM/STEAM Network Spring Meeting

History Day Night

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March 2, 2015

History Day Night
Date: Monday 2 March 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls
Cost: Free
For more information: 320-616-5421
Event: Watch short documentaries produced by local 8th-graders from Mary of Lourdes Middle School (MOLMS) as part of the National History Day in Minnesota competition. Approximately 30,000 Minnesota students participate in History Day each year. The students from MOLMS are competing as individuals and in groups in the documentary category. The students have created 10-minute iMovies about their topic, focusing on this year’s theme, Leadership and Legacy in History.
The following will be competing in the group documentary category:
· The Olympic Basketball Dream Team of 1992 by Abby Poser and Allie Steinmetz,
· Bob Dylan by Bobby Jarvis and Daniel Bartkowitz
· Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Thomas Kula and Thomas Kunkel
· John Paul II by Bethany Schilling and Emily Popp
· Vladimir Lenin by Aidan Kray and Nik Durfee
The following will be competing in the individual documentary category:
· Thomas Edison by Bryan Spencer, John F. Kennedy; Grant Litke
· Woodrow Wilson by Nathan Schilling
The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening. Admission is free.
The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is located across from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, 1.5 miles south of Little Falls at 1620 Lindbergh Drive. Call 320-616-5421 for more information.

Childbirth education classes scheduled

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March 2, 2015

Sanford Bemidji’s “Understanding Birth” childbirth education course offers expectant mothers two choices for learning: in the classroom or online. Registration for childbirth education is recommended approximately eight weeks before the expected due date.
Classroom Option 1: Over the course of three evenings, experienced labor and delivery nurses provide information about what to expect during childbirth. The next session of classroom childbirth education will be held March 2, 9 and 16, 2015. All classes meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the hospital’s east lobby.
Classroom Option 2: A one-day class option is also available. The all-day Saturday class is scheduled for March 28, 2015. The one-day Saturday class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and meets in the east lobby of the hospital.
Online: “Understanding Birth” online class offers 24/7 access to learn more about the childbirth experience when and where convenient. Upon registration, a unique login and password are provided. The online version includes videos and interactive activities.
In the classroom or online, both options cover:
· Stages of labor and birth
· Coaching the mom through labor and delivery
· Coping with contractions and use of relaxation techniques
· Options for controlling pain during labor
· Cesarean birth
· What to expect once home
In the classroom or online, the cost for “Understanding Birth”childbirth education is $10 and includes a hospital tour. For a complete schedule, to register or for more information, contact Sanford Bemidji’s Center for Learning Department at (218) 333-5578 or by email at education-BEM@sanfordhealth.org.

OIL, WATER AND PIPELINES:WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW?”

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March 2, 2015

The Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government will continue the discussion of oil pipelines in general and the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline in particular in a forum on Monday, March 2nd. This forum will include Project Manager of the Sandpiper Project Paul Eberth and Independent Environmental Analyst Paul Stolen. Moderators will be Lakeland Public Television News Director Dennis Weimann and Mike O'Rourke, former Associate Editor for the Brainerd Dispatch. The forum will be held in Central Lakes College’s Chalberg Theater.
Rosenmeier President Eric Klang said “A final decision about this project, Enbridge's Sandpiper Pipeline is getting closer. Hearings have been held, testimony has been given, but many still have questions. We, as citizens and taxpayers need to get this right. This forum should, hopefully add more light without simply more heat. The consequences are too important.”
There is no charge for the forum, it’s open to the public and begins at 7pm Monday night March 2nd. Questions will be taken from the audience.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 3, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 3, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 3, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 3, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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March 3, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 3, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 3, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 3, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 3, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 3, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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March 3, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 3, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

BI-COUNTY CAP BOARD SEEKING MEMBERS

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March 3, 2015N/A

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., has openings on its Board of Directors for three low-income representatives: one from Beltrami County and two from Cass County. Board Members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends
March 6, 2015. The term of office is three years.
Low-income persons who want to help others, through BI-CAP, can receive more information, regarding this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, by calling the Bemidji Office at 218-751-4631, or toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, establish agency goals and priorities, review grant applications, review reports, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

A2z Yarn,LLC grand opening event

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March 3, 2015N/A

A2Z Yarn, LLC, yarn shop in Franklin Art Center is hosting its Grand Opening March 2-7th. Prizes all week long and a yarn tasting Thursday March 5, from 5pm - 8pm. Call to reserve a spot for the yarn tasting, space is limited.
If you have not attended a yarn tasting before, call or email to find out more and sign up.
Email for the shop is: leanefinlay@yahoo.com and the phone number is 218-454-0133.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 3, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 3, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pine River Backus Community Ed

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March 3, 2015N/A

Archery (3rd-8th Grade) Fee: $10
Join this activity to learn the basics of archery and get some indoor practice this winter. The elementary gym will transform into an archery range. Potentially running 2 classes, a beginner class for those who have not shot a compound bow and an advanced class for those who own their own bow, and have prior instruction and experience. This will be a hands on class with several sessions. NEW THIS YEAR, Archery class will meet the requirements for archery discipline in 4H shooting sports, so archery 4H'ers are also encouraged to come to informational meeting. Sessions starting in March call 587-2080 for more schedules and availability.
In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb - Tue. March 3rd Fee: $5
Come create lion and lamb pictures to show the meaning of the class title.
Tread Softly Fee: $10 Saturday March 7th 1:00 - 3:00 at Stone Woman Herbals
Taking your Feet for granted? This is a great class to help you give your feet the attention they deserve. We will talk about the structure of feet and reflexology, how to care for your feet, and whip up some foot friendly recipes to fight fungus, soften calluses and rough skin and relax your feet before bed. Please bring a towel, a basin to soak your feet in, and a pair of fresh socks.
Ultimate Martial Arts Karate and Self-Defense - (Levels: No-Belt through Green Belt) Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-5:45 pm $49/Month. At UMA, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, practical & advanced martial arts instruction available. Our goal is to teach our students self defense techniques, along with honor, respect and discipline skills that will serve them a lifetime. UMA is the ideal place to develop personal self defense that works, along with increased self esteem, mental toughness, confidence and physical fitness. Our highly trained Black Belts have the ability to communicate their knowledge to students of all ages. Call Community Ed 587-2080 or UMA 218-454-8728 Fees are due monthly - sessions starting on the 1st
Early Childhood Screening March 2nd 8am-3pm
In Minnesota, all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten...age 3+. Screening is a free check of your child's dental health, vision, hearing, height, weight, and development. Children are screened by licensed teachers. Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early services before they enter kindergarten. Contact Charity at 587-8003
BASIC FIRST AID - March 17th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the basics of first aid. You will learn the skills for immediate care that you give an individual before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course. This course also covers choking.
AHA HEARTSAVER CPR - March 19th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the AHA guidelines for adult, child and infant CPR. Topics include CPR, AED use and choking response methods. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course.
(Register for both 1st Aid & CPR for $70)

The Center - Tuesday Events

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March 3, 2015

The Center - Tuesday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Tuesday
8 a.m.-1 p.m. - Open Craft
8 a.m.- The Center’s Toymaker Club
8 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise Room
8 a.m.– Hand & Foot
9 a.m. – Exercise
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AARP Taxes
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The Gift Shop
10 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Doll Makers
11:15 a.m–12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Roast Portk, whole potatoes, buttered cooked cabbage, bread, rosy applesauce, milk
12:30 p.m.- Dominos
1 p.m. - Progressive 500
1 p.m. Oil Painting Class
6 p.m. - Duplicate Bridge

The Center - Tuesday Events

Spring Session Adventures in Lifelong Learning

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March 3, 2015

Spring Session Adventures in Lifelong Learning begins, Tuesday, March 3 with a re-scheduled presentation entitled, "Out of Africa" by Dr. Sylvia Olney.
Between about 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, human beings in our current form as Homo Sapiens left Eastern Africa in a succession of waves of emigration. These migrations at first followed along coast lines from east to west, including to the continent we now know as Australia. There appears to have been some back migration but also a radiation from the east to the west of the inhabitable planet in the direction of what we know today as Europe. This amazing story of migration as well as genetic change points to an almost unbelievable hardiness and adaptability that characterizes the species we know as ourselves. Dr. Olney is an anthropolgist currently on the faculty of Bemidji State University.
Seven other programs will follow on Tuesday of March and Tuesdays of April thru April 21. All programs are held at Beltrami Electric Community Room from 10-11:30 am. Refreshments are ready at 9:30 am for better free parking.
For more information call Al, 444-7091 or write adventuresinlifelonglearning@gmail.com for a newsletter.

Bemidji State students aim to end stigmas surrounding mental health

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March 3, 2015

Bemidji State University’s Student Center for Health and Counseling will host a March 3 panel discussion on mental health awareness as part of its continuing effort to reduce the social stigma that surrounds mental health and the stigmas surrounding people who seek help for mental health-related issues.
The panel will feature four BSU students and one BSU faculty member beginning at 7 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall room 100 on the BSU campus. The panel is free and open to anyone in the community who wishes to learn more about mental health-related issues.
Vocalist Saphire Brown will hold a free pre-panel concert in Hagg-Sauer 100 beginning at 6:30 p.m. When she was 14 years old, Brown and her mother founded Saphire’s Courage to spread a powerful anti-bullying message to high school students in Minnesota. A bullying victim herself, Brown uses her organization and the messages in her music to spread awareness of bullying, mental health and its associated social stigmas, and suicide prevention.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 4, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 4, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 4, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 4, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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March 4, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 4, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 4, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 4, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 4, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 4, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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March 4, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 4, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

BI-COUNTY CAP BOARD SEEKING MEMBERS

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March 4, 2015N/A

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., has openings on its Board of Directors for three low-income representatives: one from Beltrami County and two from Cass County. Board Members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends
March 6, 2015. The term of office is three years.
Low-income persons who want to help others, through BI-CAP, can receive more information, regarding this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, by calling the Bemidji Office at 218-751-4631, or toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, establish agency goals and priorities, review grant applications, review reports, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

A2z Yarn,LLC grand opening event

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March 4, 2015N/A

A2Z Yarn, LLC, yarn shop in Franklin Art Center is hosting its Grand Opening March 2-7th. Prizes all week long and a yarn tasting Thursday March 5, from 5pm - 8pm. Call to reserve a spot for the yarn tasting, space is limited.
If you have not attended a yarn tasting before, call or email to find out more and sign up.
Email for the shop is: leanefinlay@yahoo.com and the phone number is 218-454-0133.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 4, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 4, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lenten Services

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March 4, 2015N/A

Event: Lenten Services
Place: First Lutheran Church
900 Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN
Date: February 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
Time: 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
More information: 444-5302
The noon service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. service will be preceded by supper at 5 p.m. Both meals are free-will donation and will be served in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come.

The Center - Wednesday Events

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March 4, 2015

The Center - Wednesday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Wednesday
8 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise Room
9 a.m. – Hand & Foot
9:30 a.m. - The Center’s Morning Group
9:30 a.m. - Rosemaling
10 a.m. - Mah Jongg
10 a.m. - Knitting
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The Gift Shop
11– 11:30 a.m. -Bone Builders
11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Service Dining: Lasagna, California Blend veg., lettuce salad/drsg, garlic bread, peanut butter brownie, milk
12 p.m. LGF
12:30 p.m. – Bingo
1:30 p.m. Tech Time
3 p.m. – Clogging

The Center - Wednesday Events

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 5, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 5, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 5, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 5, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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March 5, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 5, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 5, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 5, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 5, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 5, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

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March 5, 2015N/A

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS
$4,602 IN GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE
- DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 BY 5:00 P.M. -
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Open to Native American artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.
Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.
Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.
Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Program for Native American Artists!

R2AC ANISHINAABE ARTS INITIATIVE GRANT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 5, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

BI-COUNTY CAP BOARD SEEKING MEMBERS

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March 5, 2015N/A

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., has openings on its Board of Directors for three low-income representatives: one from Beltrami County and two from Cass County. Board Members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends
March 6, 2015. The term of office is three years.
Low-income persons who want to help others, through BI-CAP, can receive more information, regarding this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, by calling the Bemidji Office at 218-751-4631, or toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, establish agency goals and priorities, review grant applications, review reports, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

A2z Yarn,LLC grand opening event

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March 5, 2015N/A

A2Z Yarn, LLC, yarn shop in Franklin Art Center is hosting its Grand Opening March 2-7th. Prizes all week long and a yarn tasting Thursday March 5, from 5pm - 8pm. Call to reserve a spot for the yarn tasting, space is limited.
If you have not attended a yarn tasting before, call or email to find out more and sign up.
Email for the shop is: leanefinlay@yahoo.com and the phone number is 218-454-0133.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 5, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 5, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Center - Thursday Events

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March 5, 2015

The Center - Thursday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Thursday
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Donut Day
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cardio Exercise
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hand & Foot
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Prayer Quilting
9 a.m. - Exercise
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AARP Taxes
9 – 11:30 a.m. Plant Sale Meeting
9:30 a.m. Wood Carvers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Gift Shop
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Lutheran Social Services Dining: Oven Crispy Chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, mixed vegetables, bread, poke cake, milk
11:30 a.m. Music & Dancing
12 p.m. Water Color Class
1 p.m. Scrabble
3 – 5:30 p.m. Flip Flop & Folk Art

The Center - Thursday Events

A Picture of History at the Brainerd Public Library

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March 5, 2015

Join MN author of Straw Bale Gardens, Joel Karsten at the Brainerd Public Library on Thursday, March 5 at 5:30pm to learn how you can create your own straw bale garden. Listen to Karsten explain the process and benefits of straw bale gardening, followed by an opportunity to ask him questions and purchase Straw Bale Gardens.
Joel Karsten is a graduate from the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture Science. He worked in the "Green" industry after graduation, running his own landscape design and installation company in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area. He is still an avid vegetable gardener, trying new varieties of anything he can fit into his 20 bale garden on his limited residential lot in Roseville.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. For the complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: www.krls.org and click on Legacy Events.

Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector

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March 5, 2015

Sheila Smith of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is coming to Bemidji to release the results of a new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector.
Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW
The Creative Minnesota Report is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Indicators of these organizations' health and their impact on the economy in the state, and in our region, are central to the report. A total of 1,269 arts and culture organizations from all corners of the state and 39 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in North Central Minnesota participated in this study.
Jobs created, the spending of local vs. non-local attendees, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets and artist employee levels were measured. The report breaks out both regional and statewide data. It is the most comprehensive report ever done in the state of Minnesota about the arts and culture sector’s health and economic impact.
All are invited to this event & encouraged to participate in a discussion following the release.

Release of New Arts Study: Economic Impact of the Arts

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March 5, 2015

The press and public are invited to join Region 2 Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts for the release of the Creative Minnesota Report! This report is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. It documents the impact that the nonprofit arts and culture sector are having on our state and regional economy. We will hear specifically about the results of the report related to the five counties of Region 2: Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Clearwater.
Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji.
Jobs created, the spending of local vs. non-local attendees at arts events, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, and artist employee levels were measured. A total of 1,269 arts and culture organizations from all corners of the state and 39 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in North Central Minnesota participated in this study.
We hope to see you on March 5th!
Please RSVP to Ian Vaver Ian@mncitizensforthearts.org

Minnesota Folklore and Cocktails at ‘History After Hours’

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March 5, 2015

Minnesota Folklore and Cocktails at ‘History After Hours’
History After Hours: Paul Bunyan and Other MN "Don't cha Know!" Tall Tales
Date: Thursday 5 March 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. program
Place: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls
Cost: $20/$17 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online www.mnhs.org/lindbergh Event: Think you know every tall tale about Minnesota's own Paul Bunyan? Come hear a new spin on why Paul and Babe are truly Minnesotan, as presented by Mary Schmidt, communications professor at St. Cloud Technical College. Test your knowledge and challenge your friends on other Minnesota folklore. The program begins with a cocktail social at 6:30. Admission includes 2 drink tickets (white wine & beer only), desserts, coffee and tea. This program is for people 21 years and older.
Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Admission is free.
The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is located across from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, 1.5 miles south of Little Falls at 1620 Lindbergh Drive. Call 320-616-5421 for more information.

Minnesota Folklore and Cocktails at ‘History After Hours’

A World of Difference: Learning About Gender Diversity

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March 5, 2015

March 5, 7-9 p.m.
Hagg-Sauer 100, BSU Campus
Film Screening and Talkback
"Love is All You Need?" - Wing Span Pictures
"Transgender Children 'Being Me'" - 4 Corners, ABC Australia
Talkback panel: MN Transgender Health Coalition; Gina Marie Bernard, educator and advocate; and BSU Phoenix Student Organization

Second City Hits Home!

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March 5, 2015

The world's #1 name in comedy is coming to Brainerd! Brainerd will get in on the laughter as The Second City takes on all the local news that’s fit to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it’s all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss your chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now-- when The Second City Hits Home!
www.secondcity.com
Tornstrom Auditorium, 804 Oak Street, Brainerd MN 56401
Tickets: $25
Box Office: 218-855-8199

Second City Hits Home!

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 6, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 6, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 6, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 6, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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March 6, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 6, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 6, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 6, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 6, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 6, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 6, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

BI-COUNTY CAP BOARD SEEKING MEMBERS

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March 6, 2015N/A

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc., has openings on its Board of Directors for three low-income representatives: one from Beltrami County and two from Cass County. Board Members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends
March 6, 2015. The term of office is three years.
Low-income persons who want to help others, through BI-CAP, can receive more information, regarding this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, by calling the Bemidji Office at 218-751-4631, or toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, establish agency goals and priorities, review grant applications, review reports, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

A2z Yarn,LLC grand opening event

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March 6, 2015N/A

A2Z Yarn, LLC, yarn shop in Franklin Art Center is hosting its Grand Opening March 2-7th. Prizes all week long and a yarn tasting Thursday March 5, from 5pm - 8pm. Call to reserve a spot for the yarn tasting, space is limited.
If you have not attended a yarn tasting before, call or email to find out more and sign up.
Email for the shop is: leanefinlay@yahoo.com and the phone number is 218-454-0133.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 6, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 6, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Center - Friday Events

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March 6, 2015

The Center - Friday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Friday
8 a.m. - Card Recycling
8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Cardio Exercise Room
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AARP Taxes
10 a.m. - Walking Exercise
10 a.m. Whist
11 a.m. - Bone Builders
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Vegetable soup, tuna salad on bun, peaches, crackers, bar, milk
1 p.m. - Progressive 500
1 p.m. - Mah Jongg
1 p.m. - Movie Matinee

The Center - Friday Events

A World of Difference: Learning About Gender Diversity

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March 6, 2015

March 6, 9:45-11 a.m.
Sanford Education Conference Center, Sanford Medical Center
"Kaleidoscope - Gender–Diverse Patient Issues Across Cultures"

Straw Bale Gardening with MN Author Joel Karsten

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March 6, 2015

Join MN author of Straw Bale Gardens, Joel Karsten at Bemidji Public Library on Friday, March 6 at 12:00 pm to learn how you can create your own straw bale garden. Listen to Karsten explain the process and benefits of straw bale gardening, followed by an opportunity to ask him questions and purchase Straw Bale Gardens.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. For the complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: www.krls.org and click on Legacy Events.

Straw Bale Gardening with MN Author Joel Karsten

Gallery North First Friday Open House

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March 6, 2015

March 6, 2014
Gallery North First Friday Open House
502 3rd Street NW
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Showcase Artist Open House for Gallery North First Friday will be held on March 6, 2015. Clare Lyman will present the collection of stippling and pencil art from deceased artist Mike Stavig.
Curtis Schagunn is the Featured Artist for March and will demonstrate his method to create and design pieces of jewelry using various stone and bead types.
Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Gallery North First Friday Open House

A World of Difference: Learning About Gender Diversity

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March 6, 2015

March 6, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Sanford Education Conference Center, Sanford Medical Center
"Difficult Conversations" panel: MN Transgender Health Coalition; Dr. alex Iantaffi, UM Human Sexuality Program; Gina Marie Bernard, educator and advocate
Events sponsored cooperatively by: BSU Women's Studies – Gender Studies; Bemidji School of Nursing; Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
Free and open to the public.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 7, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 7, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 7, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 7, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Pine River Backus Community Ed.

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March 7, 2015N/A

Traveling Teams:
Jan. 19 - March 7 Teams practice in the evenings. Tournaments will be Saturday mornings both in Pine River and away.
Traveling teams will be for 3rd -6th grade girls and boys. Teams will be coached by parent volunteers. Fee: $40

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 7, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 7, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 7, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 7, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 7, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 7, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

A2z Yarn,LLC grand opening event

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March 7, 2015N/A

A2Z Yarn, LLC, yarn shop in Franklin Art Center is hosting its Grand Opening March 2-7th. Prizes all week long and a yarn tasting Thursday March 5, from 5pm - 8pm. Call to reserve a spot for the yarn tasting, space is limited.
If you have not attended a yarn tasting before, call or email to find out more and sign up.
Email for the shop is: leanefinlay@yahoo.com and the phone number is 218-454-0133.

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 7, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pine River Backus Community Ed

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March 7, 2015N/A

Archery (3rd-8th Grade) Fee: $10
Join this activity to learn the basics of archery and get some indoor practice this winter. The elementary gym will transform into an archery range. Potentially running 2 classes, a beginner class for those who have not shot a compound bow and an advanced class for those who own their own bow, and have prior instruction and experience. This will be a hands on class with several sessions. NEW THIS YEAR, Archery class will meet the requirements for archery discipline in 4H shooting sports, so archery 4H'ers are also encouraged to come to informational meeting. Sessions starting in March call 587-2080 for more schedules and availability.
In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb - Tue. March 3rd Fee: $5
Come create lion and lamb pictures to show the meaning of the class title.
Tread Softly Fee: $10 Saturday March 7th 1:00 - 3:00 at Stone Woman Herbals
Taking your Feet for granted? This is a great class to help you give your feet the attention they deserve. We will talk about the structure of feet and reflexology, how to care for your feet, and whip up some foot friendly recipes to fight fungus, soften calluses and rough skin and relax your feet before bed. Please bring a towel, a basin to soak your feet in, and a pair of fresh socks.
Ultimate Martial Arts Karate and Self-Defense - (Levels: No-Belt through Green Belt) Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-5:45 pm $49/Month. At UMA, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, practical & advanced martial arts instruction available. Our goal is to teach our students self defense techniques, along with honor, respect and discipline skills that will serve them a lifetime. UMA is the ideal place to develop personal self defense that works, along with increased self esteem, mental toughness, confidence and physical fitness. Our highly trained Black Belts have the ability to communicate their knowledge to students of all ages. Call Community Ed 587-2080 or UMA 218-454-8728 Fees are due monthly - sessions starting on the 1st
Early Childhood Screening March 2nd 8am-3pm
In Minnesota, all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten...age 3+. Screening is a free check of your child's dental health, vision, hearing, height, weight, and development. Children are screened by licensed teachers. Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early services before they enter kindergarten. Contact Charity at 587-8003
BASIC FIRST AID - March 17th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the basics of first aid. You will learn the skills for immediate care that you give an individual before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course. This course also covers choking.
AHA HEARTSAVER CPR - March 19th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the AHA guidelines for adult, child and infant CPR. Topics include CPR, AED use and choking response methods. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course.
(Register for both 1st Aid & CPR for $70)

Paws for a Book

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March 7, 2015

Kat will be hosting Paws for a Book again in 2015. Paws for a Book is a fundraiser for the Beltrami Humane Society. A portion of all sales of used books will go to benefit the Beltrami Humane Society. Several adoptable cats from the shelter will also be at the bookstore to show off!
This year’s event is being held on March 7.

Paws for a Book

10K Three Way Family Event on Gull Lake

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March 7, 2015

Family Event on Gull Lake
March 7th, 2015 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m
To REGISTER or for more information go to:
www.3way10k.com
All proceeds go to support Northland Arboretum and Camp Confidence. 218-829-8770 218-828-2344
A fun family event where you can ski, bike or snowshoe/walk a 10K course from Ernie’s on Gull to Zorbaz. We will also have a relay, for those walkers that wish to make it a 5K.

10K Three Way Family Event on Gull Lake

Introduction to Beekeeping Class

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March 7, 2015

Saturday
March 7, 2015
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Northland Arboretum Visitor’s Center Main Level Meeting Room Presented by members of the North Central Beekeepers Association
www.northcentralbeekeepers.com
Beekeeping for beginners and hobbyists Learn everything needed to start up beekeeping
$10.00 for Arboretum Members
$15.00 for non-Members
Advance registration requested Limited to first 30 paid students Payment due at registration time Walk-ins will be welcome if there is room
Call the Arboretum at 218-829-8770 or email info@northlandarb.org to sign up

Introduction to Beekeeping Class

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 8, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 8, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 8, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

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March 8, 2015N/A

You can't fit a brand-new SUV into the backpack of a student from St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd, but you can fit the chance to win one! Starting Jan. 23, students will be carrying and selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.
St. Francis of the Lakes and the other 86 schools participating will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.
“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”
More than 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2015.
In the Raffle’s five-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $3 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.
Along with the $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 8, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 8, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 8, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 8, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 8, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 8, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 8, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 9, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 9, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 9, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 9, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 9, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 9, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 9, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 9, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 9, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 9, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Brainerd Kiwanis announces March Guest Speakers

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March 9, 2015N/A

During the month of March the Brainerd Kiwanis Club will host a variety of speakers at their weekly meeting held each Monday at noon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Guest speakers include:
March 2: George Fruth will present on his recent trip to Cuba
March 9: Jessie Perrine and Chelsey Perkins from the Brainerd Dispatch
March 16: Cassie Carey from Crow Wing Energized
March 23: Marry Corrigan from the Northland Arboretum
The calendar of guest speakers can be found on the club website at www.brainerdkiwanisclub.org. If you would like more information on the Brainerd Kiwanis Club visit the website or contact the club via email at kiwanisclubofbrainerd@gmail.com.
Kiwanis is an area service club that is dedicated to serving the children and youth of our community. The Key Club at Brainerd High School is sponsored by Kiwanis and involves more than 50 students in leadership development and community service. The annual Kids Triathlon and B.U.G. program (Bring Up Grades) are also programs through Kiwanis that impact our community. March is a membership drive month for the Brainerd Kiwanis club and you are welcome to come and see what Kiwanis is all about!

Brainerd Kiwanis announces March Guest Speakers

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 9, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

The Center - Monday Events

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March 9, 2015

The Center - Monday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Monday
8 a.m. - Card Recycling
8 a.m.– 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise
8:30-4 p.m. Prayer Quilting Group
9 a.m. - Advice from Ann
9 a.m. - Free Blood Pressure Checks
10 a.m. - Mah Jongg lessons
10 a.m.– 4 p.m. - Gift Shop
11 - 11:30 a.m. - Bone Builder
11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Swiss Steak, Baked potato, corn, bread, pineapple, milk
12:30 p.m. -Party Bridge
1:15 p.m. – Cribbage
3:30 p.m. – History Group
5:00 p.m. – Fellowship Dinner

The Center - Monday Events

Childbirth education classes scheduled

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March 9, 2015

Sanford Bemidji’s “Understanding Birth” childbirth education course offers expectant mothers two choices for learning: in the classroom or online. Registration for childbirth education is recommended approximately eight weeks before the expected due date.
Classroom Option 1: Over the course of three evenings, experienced labor and delivery nurses provide information about what to expect during childbirth. The next session of classroom childbirth education will be held March 2, 9 and 16, 2015. All classes meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the hospital’s east lobby.
Classroom Option 2: A one-day class option is also available. The all-day Saturday class is scheduled for March 28, 2015. The one-day Saturday class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and meets in the east lobby of the hospital.
Online: “Understanding Birth” online class offers 24/7 access to learn more about the childbirth experience when and where convenient. Upon registration, a unique login and password are provided. The online version includes videos and interactive activities.
In the classroom or online, both options cover:
· Stages of labor and birth
· Coaching the mom through labor and delivery
· Coping with contractions and use of relaxation techniques
· Options for controlling pain during labor
· Cesarean birth
· What to expect once home
In the classroom or online, the cost for “Understanding Birth”childbirth education is $10 and includes a hospital tour. For a complete schedule, to register or for more information, contact Sanford Bemidji’s Center for Learning Department at (218) 333-5578 or by email at education-BEM@sanfordhealth.org.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 10, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 10, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 10, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 10, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 10, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 10, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 10, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 10, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 10, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 10, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Center - Tuesday Events

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March 10, 2015

The Center - Tuesday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Tuesday
8 a.m.-1 p.m. - Open Craft
8 a.m.- The Center’s Toymaker Club
8 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise Room
8 a.m.– Hand & Foot
9 – 10:00 a.m. – Exercise
9 a.m. – 12:30 AARP Taxes
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The Gift Shop
10 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Doll Makers
11:15 a.m–12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Chicken in cream sauce over ½ cup pasta, broccoli, fruit cocktail, cake, milk
12:30 p.m.- Dominos
1 p.m. - Progressive 500
1 p.m. – Acrylic Painting
1 p.m. Oil Painting Class
6 p.m. - Duplicate Bridge

The Center - Tuesday Events

Winter Naturalist Programs at Itasca State Park

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March 10, 2015

Circle Time Under the Pines: E is for Eagle
March 10, 2015 from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom (look for the big building under the big pine trees.)
Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun at Itasca as we learn about nature through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery. Bring your winter outdoor clothes (including snowpants and boots)… if weather permits, part of the program will be exploring the outdoors. NOTES: Adults must accompany children. Consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying your noon meal around the fireplace in the visitor center lobby after the program.

A More Sustainable World from Pine River

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March 10, 2015

Since 1999 on the 60-acre campus of Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) in Pine River, has been conducting reaearch for sustainable living, renewable energy and high efficiency sustainable housing. Combining traditional building methods with state of the art technologies furthers the goal of learning how to build houses that heat and cool themselves without or with reduced fossil fuels, help feed the occupants, and have zero sewage effluent. The long-range view of the campus is to create ‘living labs’ with the structures used for residential, commercial, retail and business incubators for small industry. One of the “incubator” successes is Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) a non-profit energy group that installs solar systems and is developing their own solar hot air collectors to be used with manufactured homes and low-income families. Another effort is the non-profit Happy Dancing Turtle with a mission to “promote sustainable living” through holding community classes and special events. Ryan Hunt, R&D Development Manager at HUG will share developments and alternative ways to construct cost-efficient homes. Unlimited Learning, March 10,1:30-3:30 pm, Heartwood Senior Living, Crosby, non-members $5.00, Visit www.unlimitedlearning.net

A More Sustainable World from Pine River

Record Keeping & Financial Management for Artists Workshop

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March 10, 2015

Record Keeping and Financial Management for Artists with Springboard for the Arts' Naomi Schliesman
Sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council.
How does your actual income compare with your desired income? If working with numbers drives you crazy, we have clear, simple methods for setting up your financial books. Learn how Budgets and Cash Flow Statements help you plan for profit (it isn't just whatever is left at the end.) Making accurate projections about what to expect allows you to plan for it and to prosper. Whether you are selling your work from your home, store, or studio or you are a teaching artist doing presentations, school residencies and tutoring, financial records are important and this workshop can help you organize!
Date: March 10, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW
To register call 218-751-5447/1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org by 3/6/15.

Homeopathy Healing from Within

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March 10, 2015

Presented by Alison Broadley, CCH., Homeopathic Practitioner and CEASE Therapist
Tuesday, March 10, 2015. 6:30 pm
Classical Homeopathy assists to heal the inner imbalance while encouraging the mind, body and spirit to work in harmony. When we are in a state of balance, our whole being can achieve optimal performance and become more resilient to symptoms and illness. This gentle and natural system of medicine has benefited millions of people, young and old, from all walks of life, in countries worldwide. Come learn about the fastest growing health care therapy in the world! In addition, Alison will open a discussion and answer questions about CEASE Therapy - autism treatment using homeopathy. For more information contact Vicki Hanson at 218-232-0586.

History Film Series: Gettysburg – An American Story

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March 10, 2015

History Film Series: Gettysburg – An American Story
Date: Tuesday 10 March 2015
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls
Cost: Free. For more information: 320-616-5421
Event: July 1st, 1863 – the beginning of the battle of Gettysburg. 3 days of ferocious battles, with nearly 8,000 killed, 27,000 wounded, and thousands captured or disappeared. After several Confederate successes, Gettysburg marks the turning point of the American Civil War and the beginning of the Union’s final advance. Through careful reconstruction of these three days, Gettysburg – An American Story looks the political, economical, and cultural reasons for the American Civil War, and its many consequences which remain relevant today.
Film starts at 7 p.m. The museum and gift shop will be open for a short time before and after the film screening.
Admission is free.
The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is located across from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, 1.5 miles south of Little Falls at 1620 Lindbergh Drive. Call 320-616-5421 for more information.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 11, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 11, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 11, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 11, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 11, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 11, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 11, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 11, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 11, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 11, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 11, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Lenten Services

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March 11, 2015N/A

Event: Lenten Services
Place: First Lutheran Church
900 Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN
Date: February 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
Time: 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
More information: 444-5302
The noon service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. service will be preceded by supper at 5 p.m. Both meals are free-will donation and will be served in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come.

The Center - Wednesday Events

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March 11, 2015

The Center - Wednesday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Wednesday
8 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Cardio Exercise Room
9 a.m. – Hand & Foot
9:15 – 11:30 a.m. RG Insurance
9:30 a.m. - The Center’s Morning Group
9:30 a.m. - Rosemaling
10 a.m. - Mah Jongg
10 a.m. - Knitting
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The Gift Shop
11– 11:30 a.m. -Bone Builders
11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Service Dining: Meatloaf/catsup, whole palsied potatoes, carrots, bread, mandarin oranges, milk
12:30 p.m. – Bingo
2:00 p.m. Bev’s Crafty Cards
3 p.m. – Clogging
3 – 5:30 p.m. Water Color & Wine

The Center - Wednesday Events

R2AC sponsors Legal Considerations for Artists workshop in Park Rapids

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March 11, 2015

Legal Considerations for Artists with Springboard for the Arts' Naomi Schliesman
Sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council.
From protecting your intellectual property to choosing a legal form for your artistic business, an understanding of underlying legal principles will help you make smarter choices. This session centers on information about copyrights and contract basics regarding selling and licensing your work, as well as getting into business.
Date: March 11, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Street S. Park Rapids.
To register call 218-751-5447/1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org by 3/6/15.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 12, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 12, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 12, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 12, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 12, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 12, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

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March 12, 2015N/A

$10,773 in funds available for Arts Project Grants
Deadline: March 12, 2015
Open to any non-profit organizations, schools, colleges/universities, community education offices and/or, township, city, or county governments. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to public art, performances, exhibitions, arts festivals or fairs, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to our five-county area, or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops or to participate as an artist-in-residence. Projects funded through this grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.
Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or on our website, http//r2arts.org. If you have applied in the past, please make sure you download a new application form. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, 1-800-275-5447 toll free, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts Project Grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

$10,773 in funds available for R2AC Arts Project Grants

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 12, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 12, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 12, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 12, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

The Center - Thursday Events

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March 12, 2015

The Center - Thursday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Thursday
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Donut Day
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cardio Exercise
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hand & Foot
9 -10:00 a.m. Exercise
9 a.m. – 12:30 AARP Taxes
9:30 a.m. Wood Carvers
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Gift Shop
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Lutheran Social Services Dining: Pork Loin, buttered boiled potatoes, country blend veg., dinner roll, fruit crisp, milk
11:30 a.m. Music & Dancing “Birthday Social”
12 – 4 p.m. Prayer Quilting
12 p.m. Water Color Class
1 p.m. Scrabble
3 – 5:30 p.m. Wood Carving & Cabernet

The Center - Thursday Events

First City Dance Studio Competition Team Dinner Show

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March 12, 2015

The 2015 Dance Competition Team from First City Dance Studio invites the public to its 3rd annual Spaghetti Dinner Dance Show on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Bemidji Elks Club located at 116 4th St in downtown Bemidji.
Enjoy a spaghetti dinner while watching 16 dancers as they perform 12 individual and group routines in jazz, ballet, tap, musical theater, and hip hop. Tickets are $7 each and will be available at the door. Advanced tickets may also be purchased at First City Dance Studio during regular business hours Monday – Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. or by contacting a First City Dance Studio Competition Dancer. For more information please call First City Dance Studio at 751-KICK.
The event will also have a silent auction and raffle to help raise money to offset competition and travel expenses for the team.

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 13, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 13, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 13, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 13, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 13, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 13, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 13, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 13, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 13, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 13, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Grassroots Concerts Spring 2015 Concert Schedule

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March 13, 2015N/A

SPRING 2015 CONCERT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 – BETH WOOD www.bethwoodmusic.com
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Beth began her musical
journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a rich musical heritage. After 18 years of touring and
9 albums, Beth has never looked back. “Beth Wood is a triple threat—a thoughtful songwriter and
talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.”—The Washington Post

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 – WILLY PORTER www.willyporter.com
Willy Porter returns to the Grassroots stage with his righteous brand of finger-picking guitar style and
rich songwriting for an evening of high-test tunes and fun. Willy, a Wisconsin native, has toured
worldwide for the past 20 years. “Willy Porter is a relaxed and fearless performer who’ll entertain you
as well as move you."—Acoustic Guitar

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015 – THE LOWEST PAIR www.thelowestpair.com
The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time, roots-influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of
banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original
music, often nestling in somewhere between. Road warriors with a city-folk front and a back-porch
sentiment, they pair their "two-banjo approach with an earnest, earthy songcraft."—American
Songwriter

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 – SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER www.sparkyandrhonda.com
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker’s concert performance is a humor-filled journey through 400 years of
African-American cultural and folk history, encompassing old-time blues, Appalachian music, slave songs,
Civil War music, spirituals, work songs, ballads, Civil Rights music, and Sparky’s own original
compositions. Sparky will "make you glad to be alive and struggling.”—Pete Seeger

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 – MARK KROOS www.markkroos.com
Mark Kroos plays two guitar necks at the same time in a style characterized by open harmonies,
polyphonic textures, and incredible tapping technique. His musical madness is as entertaining to watch
as to listen to. “I closed my eyes and heard more than one guitarist…it's obvious that Mark is never
musically alone.”—Phil Keaggy

Nonprofit GRASSROOTS CONCERTS are held at the LIVE WELL NIGHTCLUB AND COFFEE BAR
at the Journey Church, 5459 Co. Rd. 18, Nisswa, MN. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5
for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is
first-come, first-served. Showtime is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you're encouraged to come
early to claim your choice of seats. At each concert, decidedly the best family entertainment in the
Brainerd Lakes area, GRASSROOTS welcomes your nonperishable food or cash donation to a local food
shelf. For more information, please go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or call 218-829-4092. Thanks
for your support!

Grassroots Concerts Spring 2015 Concert Schedule

The Center - Friday Events

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March 13, 2015

The Center - Friday Events
803 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218/829-9345 TheBrainerdCenter.com
Friday
8 a.m. - Card Recycling
8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Cardio Exercise Room
9 a.m. – 12:30 AARP Taxes
10 a.m. – Spelling Bee
10 a.m. - Walking Exercise
10 a.m. Whist
11 a.m. - Bone Builders
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Lutheran Social Services Dining: Lemon pepper fish, cheesy potatoes, peas, bread, slice of pie, milk
1 p.m. - Progressive 500
1 p.m. - Mah Jongg
1 p.m. - Movie Matinee

The Center - Friday Events

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 14, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 14, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 14, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 14, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 14, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 14, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 14, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 14, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 14, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Make-a-Blanket Day”

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March 14, 2015

The Northern Minnesota Chapter of Project Linus will be hosting a “Make-a-Blanket Day” on Saturday, March 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 123 29th St NE in Bemidji between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to construct and tie blankets. Coffee and rolls and a light lunch will be provided. This will also serve as a drop off site for completed blankets and/or afghans. These blankets will be distributed to children in crises through the hospitals in Bagley, Bemidji, Deer River, Fosston, Grand Rapids, Roseau and Thief River Falls.

15th Annual Downtown Brainerd St. Patrick's Day Parade

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March 14, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Kids Costume Contest at noon at the corner of 7th and Laurel.
Parade at 1:00 pm. Questions call Brainerd Community Action
218-829-5278

SEEDS to BEES to TABLE: How Local Agriculture has Changed

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March 14, 2015

Local agriculture has changed dramatically since Native Americans survived by engaging in fishing and hunting to supplement the women's cultivation of numerous varieties of maize, squash, and the harvesting of fruits of the earth including manoomin (wild rice). Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1:00 PM, come to Century School, 501 Helten Ave. in Park Rapids, MN for a free program to learn more about these changes and how we can keep them beneficial for our health and well-being.
The Ojibwe people have a long history of agriculture in Minnesota. This program will feature Winona LaDuke, White Earth Tribe, a widely recognized speaker who has developed the curriculum for the annual Ojibwe Farming Conference. A panel will add to LaDuke’s presentation with their agricultural experiences: Sally Shearer, University of Minnesota Extension Program Coordinator, discussing its history with local agriculture; Anne Morgan sharing her expertise on SEEDS; Les Hiltz, an experienced Hubbard County bee-keeper, speaking on BEES; and Ed Poitras talking about the TABLE and how his family’s WWII Victory Garden influenced him over his lifetime.
More than a dozen exhibitors will provide information about their approaches to growing and marketing safe and sustainable food. Exhibitors invited include Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), UMN Extension Master Gardeners, Farmers Market, the BEE Guy, Ojibwe Farmers, Park Rapids Garden Club, Seed Saver, Farmers Market, a Permaculturist, Century School Community Garden & Hoop House Program, Park Rapids Public Library Friends, League of Women Voters Park Rapids (LWV PR), and others.
LWVPR is a non-partisan membership organization whose members study and advocate for principals including Federal and State Agriculture Policy. The League believes that government should provide financial support for agriculture that includes disaster assistance, crop insurance, need-based loans and incentives to adopt best management practices. Support should be extended to specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables and nuts, to new productions methods, such as organic, hydroponic, and urban practices, and to farms that supply local and regional markets. The complete position can be found at http://lwv.org/content/lwvus-position-federal-agriculture-policies.
LWV membership is open to all citizens. To learn more about LWV PR contact Carolynne White, President, prapidsleague@gmail.com, or call her at 218-732-9819.
This program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Park Rapids, UMN Extension, & Kitchigami Library and is partially funded through a grant from the Legacy Amendment Arts and Culture Legacy Fund by the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

SEEDS to BEES to TABLE: How Local Agriculture has Changed

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Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

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March 15, 2015N/A

Ten $1,500 Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships are available to students in the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota (SHNM) region and to present employees of SHNM. To be considered for one of these scholarships, an applicant must be pursuing a career in a health-related field and not have been a previous recipient.
This scholarship is contingent upon enrollment in an accredited school. It will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the chosen school for credit toward the student's educational expenses when a fee statement or proof of enrollment is received by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application MUST include the following information:
· A completed application form,
· An official transcript(s) from the school’s scheduling office, including ACT and/or SAT scores (ACT/SAT test scores needed for undergraduates ONLY),
· A completed REFERENCE Form by a counselor, principal or supervisor,
· Two separate letters of recommendation (if currently a student, at least one MUST be from an instructor), in addition to the REFERENCE form mentioned above,
· Postmarked by the deadline, March 15, 2015.
Applicants are responsible to see that all necessary information is received by the committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application can be found online at bemidji.sanfordhealth.org or by contacting the volunteer office at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Please send completed applications to:
The Scholarship Committee
c/o Sanford Bemidji Volunteer Office
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax: (218) 333-6054
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by April 15, 2015.

Friends of Sanford Health Scholarships Available

Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 15, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 15, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 15, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 15, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 15, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 15, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 15, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 15, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

luck o' the irish concert at community Church in Walker

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March 15, 2015

This concert by the Celtic music group, Caleigh, features a variety of instruments and vocals. Free will offering will benefit the Walker Area Food Shelf.

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 16, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 16, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 16, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 16, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 16, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 16, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 16, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 16, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 16, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Brainerd Kiwanis announces March Guest Speakers

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March 16, 2015N/A

During the month of March the Brainerd Kiwanis Club will host a variety of speakers at their weekly meeting held each Monday at noon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Guest speakers include:
March 2: George Fruth will present on his recent trip to Cuba
March 9: Jessie Perrine and Chelsey Perkins from the Brainerd Dispatch
March 16: Cassie Carey from Crow Wing Energized
March 23: Marry Corrigan from the Northland Arboretum
The calendar of guest speakers can be found on the club website at www.brainerdkiwanisclub.org. If you would like more information on the Brainerd Kiwanis Club visit the website or contact the club via email at kiwanisclubofbrainerd@gmail.com.
Kiwanis is an area service club that is dedicated to serving the children and youth of our community. The Key Club at Brainerd High School is sponsored by Kiwanis and involves more than 50 students in leadership development and community service. The annual Kids Triathlon and B.U.G. program (Bring Up Grades) are also programs through Kiwanis that impact our community. March is a membership drive month for the Brainerd Kiwanis club and you are welcome to come and see what Kiwanis is all about!

Brainerd Kiwanis announces March Guest Speakers

Childbirth education classes scheduled

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March 16, 2015

Sanford Bemidji’s “Understanding Birth” childbirth education course offers expectant mothers two choices for learning: in the classroom or online. Registration for childbirth education is recommended approximately eight weeks before the expected due date.
Classroom Option 1: Over the course of three evenings, experienced labor and delivery nurses provide information about what to expect during childbirth. The next session of classroom childbirth education will be held March 2, 9 and 16, 2015. All classes meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the hospital’s east lobby.
Classroom Option 2: A one-day class option is also available. The all-day Saturday class is scheduled for March 28, 2015. The one-day Saturday class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and meets in the east lobby of the hospital.
Online: “Understanding Birth” online class offers 24/7 access to learn more about the childbirth experience when and where convenient. Upon registration, a unique login and password are provided. The online version includes videos and interactive activities.
In the classroom or online, both options cover:
· Stages of labor and birth
· Coaching the mom through labor and delivery
· Coping with contractions and use of relaxation techniques
· Options for controlling pain during labor
· Cesarean birth
· What to expect once home
In the classroom or online, the cost for “Understanding Birth”childbirth education is $10 and includes a hospital tour. For a complete schedule, to register or for more information, contact Sanford Bemidji’s Center for Learning Department at (218) 333-5578 or by email at education-BEM@sanfordhealth.org.

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 17, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 17, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 17, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 17, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 17, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 17, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 17, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 17, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 17, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Pine River Backus Community Ed

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March 17, 2015N/A

Archery (3rd-8th Grade) Fee: $10
Join this activity to learn the basics of archery and get some indoor practice this winter. The elementary gym will transform into an archery range. Potentially running 2 classes, a beginner class for those who have not shot a compound bow and an advanced class for those who own their own bow, and have prior instruction and experience. This will be a hands on class with several sessions. NEW THIS YEAR, Archery class will meet the requirements for archery discipline in 4H shooting sports, so archery 4H'ers are also encouraged to come to informational meeting. Sessions starting in March call 587-2080 for more schedules and availability.
In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb - Tue. March 3rd Fee: $5
Come create lion and lamb pictures to show the meaning of the class title.
Tread Softly Fee: $10 Saturday March 7th 1:00 - 3:00 at Stone Woman Herbals
Taking your Feet for granted? This is a great class to help you give your feet the attention they deserve. We will talk about the structure of feet and reflexology, how to care for your feet, and whip up some foot friendly recipes to fight fungus, soften calluses and rough skin and relax your feet before bed. Please bring a towel, a basin to soak your feet in, and a pair of fresh socks.
Ultimate Martial Arts Karate and Self-Defense - (Levels: No-Belt through Green Belt) Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-5:45 pm $49/Month. At UMA, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, practical & advanced martial arts instruction available. Our goal is to teach our students self defense techniques, along with honor, respect and discipline skills that will serve them a lifetime. UMA is the ideal place to develop personal self defense that works, along with increased self esteem, mental toughness, confidence and physical fitness. Our highly trained Black Belts have the ability to communicate their knowledge to students of all ages. Call Community Ed 587-2080 or UMA 218-454-8728 Fees are due monthly - sessions starting on the 1st
Early Childhood Screening March 2nd 8am-3pm
In Minnesota, all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten...age 3+. Screening is a free check of your child's dental health, vision, hearing, height, weight, and development. Children are screened by licensed teachers. Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early services before they enter kindergarten. Contact Charity at 587-8003
BASIC FIRST AID - March 17th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the basics of first aid. You will learn the skills for immediate care that you give an individual before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course. This course also covers choking.
AHA HEARTSAVER CPR - March 19th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the AHA guidelines for adult, child and infant CPR. Topics include CPR, AED use and choking response methods. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course.
(Register for both 1st Aid & CPR for $70)

Minnesota’s Lost Towns

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March 17, 2015

Rhonda Fochs, a retired history teacher, has spent years researching significant historic Minnesota towns that for a host of reasons no longer exist. She will share her stories of the 130 towns from Morrison County northward. She narrates discoveries of the town’s beginnings, which lived there, the prosperous years, why the town died and what artifacts are there today. Fochs learned about the history of place from an aunt who lived on the site of a former logging town in Wisconsin. She became fascinated with reasons why towns disappeared. Fochs is already planning a second book about Central Minnesota’s lost towns. She lives in Lincoln with her husband Lenard and their dog, DeeJay who travel with her when researching lost towns. Unlimited Learning, Heartwood Senior Living, Crosby, Tues. March 17,1:00-3:00 pm. Non-members $5.00. Visit www.unlimitedlearning.net

Minnesota’s Lost Towns

Sanford Bemidji Diabetes Education presents Living Well with Diabetes

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March 17, 2015

Sanford Bemidji Diabetes Education is hosting its free Living Well with Diabetes gathering on Tuesday, March 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Conference Room C at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center (hospital). Attendees do not need to register ahead of time.
Sherry Kloha, BS, RN, CWON CFCN, a nurse at Sanford Bemidji Wound and Hyperbaric Center and works with patients in wound, ostomy and podiatry. She will host an informal presentation, Keeping your feet on the ground when your sugar levels reach the sky. Kloha will discuss diabetic ulcers and why they are difficult to heal. She will emphasize prevention as well as provide tips for keeping diabetic feet healthy.
Kloha graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. She earned her associate degree in Nursing from New Hampshire Technical College in 1986. In 1996, she received her certification in wound care from Medical University of South Carolina. She earned additional certifications in ostomy care in 2006 and in foot care in 2014.
If you would like more information, please join us at the Living Well Group on March 17.
Living Well with Diabetes meetings offers information and support for managing diabetes. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. The meetings are designed for people interested in learning about health and wellness as it relates to diabetes management. Anyone living with diabetes, anyone who has a family member or friend living with diabetes or individuals interested in learning more about diabetes are welcome to attend.

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 18, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 18, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 18, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 18, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 18, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 18, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 18, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 18, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 18, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Lenten Services

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March 18, 2015N/A

Event: Lenten Services
Place: First Lutheran Church
900 Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN
Date: February 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
Time: 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
More information: 444-5302
The noon service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. service will be preceded by supper at 5 p.m. Both meals are free-will donation and will be served in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come.

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 19, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 19, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 19, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 19, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 19, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 19, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 19, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 19, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 19, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Pine River Backus Community Ed

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March 19, 2015N/A

Archery (3rd-8th Grade) Fee: $10
Join this activity to learn the basics of archery and get some indoor practice this winter. The elementary gym will transform into an archery range. Potentially running 2 classes, a beginner class for those who have not shot a compound bow and an advanced class for those who own their own bow, and have prior instruction and experience. This will be a hands on class with several sessions. NEW THIS YEAR, Archery class will meet the requirements for archery discipline in 4H shooting sports, so archery 4H'ers are also encouraged to come to informational meeting. Sessions starting in March call 587-2080 for more schedules and availability.
In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb - Tue. March 3rd Fee: $5
Come create lion and lamb pictures to show the meaning of the class title.
Tread Softly Fee: $10 Saturday March 7th 1:00 - 3:00 at Stone Woman Herbals
Taking your Feet for granted? This is a great class to help you give your feet the attention they deserve. We will talk about the structure of feet and reflexology, how to care for your feet, and whip up some foot friendly recipes to fight fungus, soften calluses and rough skin and relax your feet before bed. Please bring a towel, a basin to soak your feet in, and a pair of fresh socks.
Ultimate Martial Arts Karate and Self-Defense - (Levels: No-Belt through Green Belt) Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-5:45 pm $49/Month. At UMA, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, practical & advanced martial arts instruction available. Our goal is to teach our students self defense techniques, along with honor, respect and discipline skills that will serve them a lifetime. UMA is the ideal place to develop personal self defense that works, along with increased self esteem, mental toughness, confidence and physical fitness. Our highly trained Black Belts have the ability to communicate their knowledge to students of all ages. Call Community Ed 587-2080 or UMA 218-454-8728 Fees are due monthly - sessions starting on the 1st
Early Childhood Screening March 2nd 8am-3pm
In Minnesota, all children are required to complete Early Childhood Screening before they enter kindergarten...age 3+. Screening is a free check of your child's dental health, vision, hearing, height, weight, and development. Children are screened by licensed teachers. Screening helps identify children who may benefit from early services before they enter kindergarten. Contact Charity at 587-8003
BASIC FIRST AID - March 17th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the basics of first aid. You will learn the skills for immediate care that you give an individual before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course. This course also covers choking.
AHA HEARTSAVER CPR - March 19th 5:30-9pm HS Media Center Fee: $40
Learn the AHA guidelines for adult, child and infant CPR. Topics include CPR, AED use and choking response methods. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course.
(Register for both 1st Aid & CPR for $70)

Little Falls Senior Center's St. Patrick's Day Party

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March 19, 2015

Little Falls Senior Center's St. Patrick's Day Party.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 beginning at 2:30 pm.
Live music by Jerry Bierschbach.
Meal at 5:00 pm. Please make meal reservations by noon the previous day
at 320-632-8200. Everyone is Welcome.

Commonweal Theatre - The Master Builder

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March 19, 2015

The Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, MN, one of the nation's best interpreters of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, presents: Ibsen's The Master Builder. First published in 1892, The Master Builder is about architect Halvard Solness, who despite personal tragedy (including the death of his two sons) has risen to the top of his profession. With the entrance of Hilda Wangel, a young woman whom he met as a child ten years ago, his life acquires a new focal point, one that will mean the end of him.
www.commonwealtheatre.org
Chalberg Theatre/CLC, 501 W College Drive, Brainerd MN 56401
Tickets: $25
Box Office: 218-855-8199

Commonweal Theatre - The Master Builder

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 20, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 20, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 20, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 20, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 20, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 20, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 20, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 20, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE WIC FOR MARCH 2015

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March 20, 2015N/A

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe WIC Program will be holding WIC clinics for the month of March as follows:
WIC CLINICS AT THE NEST
Nutrition Education Sessions and Certifications by appointment
Monday: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Wednesday: March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Tuesday: March 3, 17, 24 and 31 Thursday: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Friday: March 6, 13, 20 and 27
WIC CLINICS AT OUTLYING CLINICS
1st Thursday, March 5 - Onigum Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2nd Thursday, March 12 - Inger Cinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday, March 19 - Ball Club Community Center Appointments 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4th Thursday, March 26 - Bena Clinic Appointments 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If you need to schedule a WIC appointment please call 218-335-8386 or 1-866-289-5995.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Iron Range Job Fair

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March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015, 10-3:00, Friday
Miners Memorial Building, 821 S 9th Av
Virginia, MN
http://mn.gov/deed/virginia
All job seekers, Veterans, students welcome!

Iron Range Job Fair

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 21, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 21, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 21, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 21, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 21, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 21, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 21, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 21, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fundraiser for The Warehouse - A Community & Youth Center

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March 21, 2015

Indoor Flea Market, Garage Sale & Silent Auction
Saturday, March 21st, 2015. The Warehouse, Pine River
(two blocks east of Hwy 371 on Norway Ave.) 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
(Silent Auction until 3:00 pm)
Featuring a variety of vendors, garage sale items & more!
Silent Auction runs until 3:00 pm
Bake Sale throughout the day
Rolls, Pie, Coffee & Lunch Available
All proceeds support day-to-day operations at The Warehouse
Questions? Contact The Warehouse at 587-5404 or thewarehouse@tds.net

Third Annual Write Basics Conference

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March 21, 2015

The Brainerd Public Library will be presenting our Third Annual Write Basics Conference on Saturday, March 21 from 12:30-4:30pm at the Brainerd American Legion Post 255. Award winning mystery writer, Ellen Hart, will present “The Writer’s Life,” a discussion of the major lessons she’s learned on the craft and business of writing during her twenty-five years as a published author. Author and Loft instructor, Marge Barrett, will present, “A Way with Words—A Creative Process” which will focus on style, character, setting, and story to help our words find their way to the page, becoming the beginnings of poems, stories, essays, or plays. Writers of all interests and skill levels are invited to participate in this free conference. Registration is required by calling the library at 218-829-5574. This is a free Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage program.

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 22, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 22, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 22, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 22, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseling, professionally prepared tax returns, and electronic filing of their
returns. Approximately 2.6 million taxpayers each year receive services from this intensive
program.

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

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March 22, 2015N/A

Exhibits from the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience are visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015. A special opening day reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although you won’t find Pronto Pups, cheese curds, or the Mighty Midway, a small set of exhibits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Department of Commerce dubbed “Climate, Energy and Community: What we can do,” provide interactive opportunities to explore home energy use and Minnesota’s changing climate. The exhibits are geared for adults and children to learn together.
Those attending will be able to:
· Identify ways to save energy at your home
· Explore solar technology for heating, electricity, and hot water
· Identify trees to plant that will thrive in Minnesota’s new climate
· Read about people all over Minnesota who are addressing climate change by saving energy or reducing waste
· Take home their own eco-friendly “to-do list” from the kids’ puzzle table
During the special opening day reception Jan. 31, participants can visit with representatives from the MPCA and Dept. of Commerce as well as the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office, Rail River Folk School, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), and Otter Tail Power Company.
The event is free for Science Center members and free with admission to the museum. Adults (12 and up) - $7; Seniors (65 or better) and military (with ID) - $6; children ages 2-11 - $5; children under 2 – free. For location and museum hours visit www.hscbemidji.org. For more information on the Jan. 31 reception, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/x66xdkp .

State Fair (mini) Eco Experience Coming to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX - scholarship

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March 22, 2015N/A

The Bemidji PEO Chapter EX is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Bemidji area female who is pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. Applications and further information is available on the following website: http://peoscholarshipbemidji.weebly.com
Scholarship deadline is April 1 2015.

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

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March 22, 2015N/A

This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN - June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
This year’s Summit theme is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People & Places.” From remote studios in the woods to bustling downtown theaters, how do arts and cultural experiences contribute to the identity of a rural community or region? What resources, skills or support do rural artists and arts organizations need in order to thrive in these places? How can community and economic development leaders tap into their regions’ cultural assets as they plan for their future?
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories "from the ground up". People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm.
Contact us NOW for an application!
Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Are Available

Ceramics exhibit featuring work by McKnight artists coming to Talley Gallery

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March 22, 2015

A touring exhibit featuring work by ceramic artists who have won McKnight Fellowships or Residencies from the Minneapolis-based Northern Clay Center is coming to Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery.
The exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, which opens March 2 and runs through April 3, includes work by four artists who won 2012 McKnight Residency Awards and two 2013 McKnight Fellows.
The fellowship winners are Keisuke Mizuno of Robbinsdale, Minn., and Kimberlee Joy Roth from Minneapolis, and the residency recipients are Pattie Chalmers from Carbondale, Ill.; Haejung Lee from Baton Rouge, La.; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson from Rønne, Denmark; and Nick Renshaw from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. Fellowships help offset studio and living expenses, and allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and build upon ideas within their work. Residencies are granted to artists outside Minnesota for a three-month stay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Each year, the center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which is then toured around Minnesota. The Six McKnight Artists visit to Bemidji will conclude the exhibition’s current three-stop tour. It previously visited Winona State University and the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Six McKnight Artists, and all activities at the Talley Gallery, are supported by Bemidji State’s student body through the Student Activity Feel Allocation Committee.
About the Talley Gallery
Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Harmony Co-op 2015 Winter Class Schedule

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March 23, 2015N/A

Harmony Co-op announces their 2015 Winter Class schedule to be held in the Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen. All new home brewing classes with the Upstream Brewers, Sue Doeden returns with three sessions, and a host of new world cuisine classes with their newest collaborator, Concordia Language Villages.
Participants must register and pay in advance at Harmony Co-op’s Customer Service Desk. These classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Home Brewing Class: American Amber Ale Beer Kit:
The Upstream Brew Club is partnering with us to teach our next brewing classes! In this three session class you will learn everything you need to know to brew a top-notch beer at home from a kit and have a lot of fun while doing it. The kit for this session will be American Amber Ale and participants will each take some of the brew home with them at the end of the class. Students must be 21 years of age to participate.
Dates: Mondays; January 12th, January 19th, and February 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
German Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this hands-on class on German Cuisine. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, January 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches this hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Italian Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Italian Cuisine. Luke Andrews joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, January 26th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Spanish Tapas with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Spanish Tapas. Ray Mockridge joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Wine Making Class:
The Upstream Brew Club partners with us again - this time to teach our next wine making class. Join us for this fun, interactive, three part class to learn how to make wine at home. This session we will make both a basic kit and a reserve kit. All participants will take home some of the wine made in the class. Home Brewing is a great hobby during the gloomy winter months!
Dates: Mondays; February 16th, February 23rd, and March 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $35.00
Cooking with Sue II!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a second hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls) with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Korvapuusti (Finnish Cinnamon Rolls). Andrea Espinosa joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Finnish Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Finnish Cuisine. Garrett Williams joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
French Cuisine with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on French Cuisine. Jason Rhea joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Cooking with Sue III!
Definitely, one of their most popular classes – Sue Doeden teaches a third hands-on class featuring new recipes and techniques. You’ll eat a meal of finished dishes and take the recipes home to create in your own kitchen!
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00
Macrobiotic Sushi with Concordia Language Villages
Harmony Co-op presents the 2014 Bemidji Master Chefs from Concordia Language Villages for this class on Macrobiotic Sushi. Lisa Homstad joins us to teach techniques and new recipes to start cooking like a culinary pro!
Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Fee: $15.00

Brainerd Library expects major reduction in federal tax forms

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March 23, 2015N/A

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the Brainerd Public Library of a reduction in 2014 tax forms and instructions it will provide for distribution through the library. Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will not deliver instructions or most forms that have been typically available. Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will still be delivered, but the instruction booklets will not. Individuals may order single copies of all instructions and forms by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Forms & Pubs,” or by going directly to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
The IRS has not yet given a date for delivery of forms to the library, so please call ahead to confirm what is in stock: 218-829-5574. You can always print any form you need from a library computer using your library card for 15 cents per page.
AARP volunteers will again be assisting senior citizens and low-income individuals with tax filing starting in February; call the Center at 218-829-9345 for appointments.

Electrifying Minnesota exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center

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March 23, 2015

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Electrifying Minnesota from January 24 to April 11 at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. This traveling exhibit on loan from the Minnesota History Center illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for over 100 years. Imagine what it was like, for the first time, to have electricity available at the flick of a switch, and discover what makes the miracle of generating electricity possible. Films, photography, historical objects, and an interactive electromagnetic generator all reveal the power of electricity and how it shapes the lives of Minnesotans. The traveling exhibit was created by the Bakken Museum in partnership with the Minnesota History Center. It is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. See the exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center January 24-April 11. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4. Regular admission fees apply.

Tax Preparation Assistance

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March 23, 2015N/A

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program for the Bemidji area begins Thursday, January 29 at the Senior
Center located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji. Tax preparation counselors will be at the Senior
Center from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from January 29 through April 13th.
Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service;
however donations to the Senior Center are appreciated. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP
Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the MN Department of Revenue. It is sponsored
locally by the Senior Center.
With the help of 36,000 volunteers nationwide low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages and the
elderly are offered the opportunity to participate in this program. These men and women receive
FREE general tax counseli