Coats for the Community

The United Way of Bemidji’s annual Coats for the Community drive once again took place at the turn of the weather calendar. Cooler temperatures have made their way into Minnesota, and soon the outdoors will become difficult to stand in without protection. This event has...

Bemidji Chili Cook-Off Returns

For the 29th year, the United Way of Bemidji brought back its fall campaign for the community. That also meant the return of its annual Chili Cook-Off event at the Sanford Center, which this time carried a “Day in Paradise” theme. The best chili dishes were judged in...

United Way Gives Back

United Way of Bemidji’s board of directors recently approved a substantial donation of $300,000 to not-for-profit organizations in the community. While gift amounts varied in value, each group needed the support it received. Learn more about the story here.

United Way’s Holiday Gifts For Kids

The United Way knows that Santa’s list doesn’t always depend on who’s naughty and nice, but rather what the budget is after the bills are paid. That’s why the United Way’s Holiday Gifts For Kids program makes sure every child wakes up to a present...
Posted On 04 Dec 2014
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Local Pizzeria Looks to Give Back this Holiday Season

A local pizzeria owner is giving thanks to the community he grew up in by hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner. He says the Brainerd Lakes Community is the base of his business. “We are always looking for opportunities to give back to the community.” Said Chris Moran, Owner...

United Way Chili Cook Off

The United Way hosted their annual chili cook off today for hundreds of people who came hungry and left happy. Twenty-three organizations served up chili Las Vegas style to raise money for the United Way’s fall campaign. The campaign chair, Sue Kringen, said they picked the...
Posted On 18 Sep 2014
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NALC and United Way Partner for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

  The Bemidji community is working to stamp out hunger. The National Association of Letter Carriers and the United Way of Bemidji have partnered for their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Bemidji residents are encouraged to participate in the drive by simply placing...
Posted On 08 May 2014
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Venture Grants: 3 Awards to 3 Organizations for 1 Community

  To a community like Bemidji, grants are a big deal.  This year, United Way awarded more than $5,700 in Venture Grants.  For this week’s Community Spotlight, Sara Mattison takes a look at how that money is being used. This year’s venture grants will be going a long way.  ...

In-Focus: Sanford Center Brings Arts to Entertainment

  It’s a light saber show on stage. The unique theater performance, Lightwire Theater,  is part of the Sanford Center’s efforts to bring more performing arts to the Bemidji community. For the first time, the Sanford Center is taking their entertainment outside...
Posted On 24 Jan 2014
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