The Blackduck Area History and Art Center (BAHAC) is located at the top of the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway in northern Minnesota. Although some artifacts are specific to this area, we provide a “stepping back in time” experience that can be enjoyed whether you are specifically interested in this area, or history in general. The displays excite children as well as adults, and indeed we feel a special mission to bring the past to life for children.
The co-located TIN PAN gALLErY focuses on giving local artists a place to showcase their works. Featured artists’ shows are generally on display for a month. In between shows there is always an interesting variety of art on exhibit. We have truly fulfilled our mission of providing art opportunities for all ages, as we have featured everything from pre-school and kindergarten art project displays to a special artist show for an artist in her eighth decade.
In the year 2000, the Blandin/Blackduck Visioning Committee began collecting historical memorabilia as part of its 2001 Centennial Celebration planning process. The items collected came from the geographic area covered by the Blackduck School District, a 435 square mile area that includes 13 townships and the cities of Blackduck, Tenstrike, Funkley and Squaw Lake. The need for a permanent storage area for all that had been collected spurred discussions about finding a location to store the items. This evolved to the possibility of an actual history center – a place to showcase and preserve our area’s heritage while educating our young people and operating a key attraction for residents and tourists alike. In January 2005, the Blackduck Arts Council decided to partner with the BAHAC to add an arts component to the proposed Center. Working together, the History and Art Center opened its doors to the public August 19, 2006.
We live in a resort area with unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation amidst our scenic forests, lakes and bogs. Although we are a small town we draw people from a large area. We feel fortunate to have a library, movie theater, bowling alley, golf course, city park, restaurants and some pretty interesting shopping opportunities. People travel for miles to visit and shop at Anderson Fabrics Outlet Store. Nearby attractions include the Big Bog State Park, The Lost 40, Chippewa National Forest campgrounds, Camp Rabideau (the most well-preserved CCC Camp in the nation – a National Historic Landmark) and the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway, to name a few. We’re sure you’ll want to visit us soon!
To preserve materials, objects and data related to our diverse population; to remember the past, live in the present, and educate our youth for the future.
To promote the arts in our community by putting a face on the artists of the area and providing art opportunities for our residents from ages 8 to 80.
We offer uncompromising employment services and build partnerships offering temporary, temp-to-hire, professional and/or project based employee placements.
We work tirelessly to find assignments that are rewarding.
Always There Staffing also offers
- Instant Read Drug Testing.
- We are DOT Certified and offer both DOT Drug Testing and Non-DOT Drug Tests.
- Alcohol Testing and Breathalyzer tests.
Use Always There Staffing for pre-employment drug screens, random drug testing, or after accident drug testing.
No appointment necessary during regular business hours. If you need a test after hours, please call 218-440-1022.
Call us for more information.
ALWAYS THERE STAFFING, INC. *Military Friendly*
As our logo states, we provide “Quality and Convenience for our Clients and Respect and Opportunity for our Associates”.
Our Clients expect and deserve the best and our value system supports that expectation with the respect and teamwork practiced by everyone at Always There Staffing. We offer uncompromising service, a partner you can trust for your employment services. We offer a variety of services to our Clients at a competitive rate. Always There Staffing can provide the following services: recruit, interview, screen, match employees to your specific needs, computer based testing and evaluations, drug/alcohol screens, Local and State backgrounds checks, certification verification, employee physicals, DMV checks and job reference checks.
Our Associates are treated with honesty and respect. We work tirelessly to find assignments
that are rewarding and will maximize the associate’s skills and experience. We will talk with applicants to find out about you and your skills and what type of employment situation will best suit you. We offer our associates new opportunities, a safe place to work, and a position on the winning team.
Respect: We create a positive environment where every person is highly valued and treated with integrity and honesty.
Client Focused: We provide extraordinary service to our clients by listening, understanding and providing solutions as a dependable partner.
Associates: We are committed to offer assignments based on your experience, interest, and skills. We will do our best to ensure you receive the proper training to ensure your success for every assignment.
Committed To Success: We are committed to achieving success for our employees, associates, and clients through innovation and continual improvement.
Sense of Urgency: We are a results-driven team that understands the expectations of our Associates and Clients and we are dedicated to achieving mutual success.
Great Communication: Our goal is to share information in an effective, honest, and timely manner that encourages positive relationships.
No One Does It Alone: Our values will only be realized when we work as a team and every member is fully engaged in supporting our mission.
A faith-based community of people who assist individuals and families in the surrounding communities by providing a facility to house services that meet spiritual, emotional, physical and education of the people. Services include, but are not limited to: Adult Day Services for seniors, After School programming for youth, Recovery support, CD Support, Grief Support, CD and mental health counseling and coaching, Anger Management, and access to a local thrift shop.
Also, Gonvick site: 226 Elm St, Gonvick, MN 56644
The American Indian Resource Center is an environment steeped in cultural heritage and tradition – a gathering place that honors the past and helps shape the future. A place to come together and learn for students and community members alike.
The Bemidji Area Indian Center intends to serve as a community resource hub for the American Indian families living in and around the Bemidji area.
The Beltrami County Historical Society operates out of the Beltrami County History Center in the historic Great Northern Depot. They feature multiple, interactive exhibit galleries; a unique gift shop; and a research room and archives available to the public. Visit to show off your telegraphy skills, test your rural schoolteacher knowledge, listen to Native American flute music, and experience local history through our exhibits, events and programs.
$5 – Adults
$4 – Seniors
$3/adult – Groups of 5 or more
$1 – Children 6-12
FREE – Children 5 & under
FREE – Members of BCHS
BI-CAP Bemidji Location: 6601 Bemidji Avenue North Bemidji MN 56601
Telephone: 218-751-4631 or 1-800-332-7161
BI-CAP Walker Location: 8245 Industrial Park Road NW Walker MN 56484
Mailing address: PO Box 995 Walker MN 56484
Telephone: 218-547-3438 or 1-800-332-7135
Supportive Housing Program: Rental Assistance, Family Homeless Prevention, Transitional Housing, Housing Locator Program, Emergency Solutions Housing, HUD Scattered Site Housing, Long Term Homeless Rental Assistance, Permanent Supportive Housing.
Weatherization: A variety of options that work to improve the energy efficiency and safety of existing housing.
Energy Assistance: Financial assistance to help pay a portion of home energy and heating bills; income eligibility guidelines apply.
Energy Crisis Program: Financial response to a heating emergency
Energy Related Repair: for homeowners experiencing a life threatening no-heat emergency.
Youth Build: An educational program for ages 16-24 who have left the traditional school system. Providing an opportunity for youth to spend 32 hours per week in academics, leadership development, and construction training.
YouthBuild is located at 3023 Mill Street NE Bemidji MN 56601.
Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) : Prenatal, infant toddler, preschool and family development program providing may free services to eligible families.
BI-CAP Head Start Locations:
Bemidji: 1601 Bemidji Avenue NW Bemidji MN 56601
Blackduck: 372 Summit Ave W, Blackduck, MN 56630
Kelliher: 345 4th St NW Kelliher, MN 56650 (co-located with Kelliher schools)
Walker: 301 4th Street Walker MN 56484 (co-located with Walker schools)
Backus: 320 1st Avenue E. Backus, MN 56435
Pine River: 401 Murray Avenue Pine River, MN 56474 (co-located with Pine River schools)
Pillager: 323 East 2nd St South Pillager, MN 56473 (co-located with Pillager schools)
HOURS OF AVAILABILITY
Members in 1st through 3rd grade:
2:40pm -6:00 p.m., M-F
Members in 4th through 12th grade
2:40-7 p.m., M-F
12:30-5:30 p.m., M-F
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., M-F
Weather closings: We follow ISD 31 for weather closings.
All Club activities support youth development in at least one of three key program areas:
- Academic success to help youth achieve academic goals, stay in school, explore career interests, learn new skills and consider post-secondary education options.
…Project Learn engages Club members in tutoring, homework help, service projects and fun learning activities.
…Power Hour, ages 6-18, time set aside for working on homework, every day after school.
…Tutoring, ages 6-18, trained tutors work with Club members in specific subject areas.
….Bemidji Area Reading Canines, ages 6-12, read aloud to a specially trained dog to help youth build confidence in their reading skills.
….Technology Lab, ages 6-18, builds digital literacy by teaching kids how to use basic software and be safe online.
….Career Launch, ages 14-18, provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.
….Money Matters, ages 6-18, builds basic personal money management skills, including budgeting, saving and investing.
….National Fine Arts, ages 6-18, encourages artistic expression through drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, collage, mixed media and sculpture.
2. Healthy lifestyles to help youth engage in positive behaviors that nurture well-being, set personal goals and grow into self-sufficient adults, including daily physical activity, healthy food choices and an appreciation for the outdoors.
….Triple Play activities promote a healthy mind, body and soul.
….Healthy Habits, ages 6-18, incorporates healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience with an emphasis on good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.
….Club greenhouse, ages 6-18, on-site greenhouse engages youth in gardening, including cultivation and harvesting, planning healthful meals and snacks and selling fresh produce to area businesses and the Bemidji School District.
….Laketrails, ages 12-18, introduces up to 15 Club members to the wilderness with an eight-day canoeing adventure on Lake of the Woods.
….Goals for Growth, ages 6-12, builds skills needed to set and achieve goals and maintain motivation.
….SMART Moves, ages 6-18, helps youth resist the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and avoid premature sexual activity.
….Leadership Club, ages 12-18, engages Club members in leadership within the Club. Participants assist Club staff in the gym, game room and kitchen and volunteer within the Club and the community.
3. Character and leadership to empower youth to become engaged in the Club and the community, sustain meaningful relationships, respect one another and participate in the democratic process.
….Torch Club, ages 11-13, a small-group leadership and service club that focuses on service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. Clubs can compete nationally for service awards.
….Keystone Club, ages 13-18, provides teens an opportunity to gain leadership and service experience as they conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service.
….Youth of the Year, ages 14-18, to recognize a teen Club member who exemplifies excellence in service to the Club, commitment to community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals and public speaking.
….Youth for Unity, ages 6-18, promotes and celebrates diversity while combating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. Youth of all ages learn to appreciate themselves as unique and special individuals, understand diversity in society, recognize bias and unfairness and take personal leadership confronting bias.
….Year of Service Initiative, ages 6-18, focuses on a variety of events that provide opportunities for youth to engage as volunteers in the community or at the Club.
Temporary and emergency shelter for homeless families and pregnant women.
Village of Hope promotes self worth and independence through the provision of temporary shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness. We are unable to house individuals without families.
Residents are selected in accordance with the following eligibility criteria:
- The family unit must be homeless as defined by HUD guidelines.
- The primary applicant must be at least 18 years old and either pregnant or have primary guardianship/custody of one or more dependent children ages 17 or younger.
- All qualified households whose income at the time of initial occupancy does not exceed 50% or greater of the statewide or area median household income as determined by HUD and adjusted for families of five or more.
- Extended family members residing with the family prior to application for shelter at Village of Hope will be included in the definition of the “family unit”.
- The applicant must not be currently abusing alcohol or drugs.
- The applicant must be stable on psychiatric medications and prescribed medications for medical conditions and be willing to take them as prescribed.
- The applicant’s criminal history will be reviewed on an individual basis. Certain offenses may result in denial of admission. These may include sexual offenses requiring the tenant to register with local officials, violent crimes against persons or property, assault, arson or destruction of property.
- The applicant must not pose a risk of serious harm to self or others.
- The applicant must express a definite and informed desire to enter the emergency shelter program, including actively participating in a housing search and case management program.
- The applicant must be willing to accept group living including:
~A tolerance and respect for other shelter residents and staff,
~A willingness to adhere to shelter rules,
~A willingness to fully participate in maintaining the shelter and sharing cleaning and maintenance duties.
- If applicant is eligible for Group Residential Housing (GRH), the applicant must be willing to assist VILLAGE OF HOPE in verifying the requirements including documentation of:
~Disability and/or chemical dependency,
~Income and/or asset verification confirming applicant fits the requirements of the program.
Clients or referents call the central intake number (218-751-0722). General questions are answered regarding eligibility, homelessness, and anticipated openings. Referents that are not able to be accommodated immediately are placed on an optional waiting list while every attempt is made to assist the referent in identifying an alternative shelter plan.
Upon vacancy of a family unit the waiting list is reviewed and families with the highest level of need are invited to participate in the application process. This process includes the opportunity to:
1. View the facility
2. Review the terms of the agreement to participate in a housing search and case management
3. Review the resident rules
4. Sign releases of information to verify homelessness
5. Sign releases of information to verify income
Homelessness is determined by utilizing a checklist for eligibility and receiving the verification by a third party in writing, on the Minnesota Housing ”Housing Status Verification/Referral Form” whenever possible. In cases where no written independent verification is possible from a shelter, a case manager or other 3rd party, clients must complete and sign the Minnesota Housing “Housing Status Self-Certification Form” .
Once homelessness is verified, in writing, on the forms provided by Village of Hope, and exclusionary criteria are determined not applicable, applicants are forwarded to the Executive Director for review.
If an applicant is approved, they are accepted and will be allowed to move into Village of Hope. Once a room is available, the homeless advocates will coordinate a move-in date and time with the applicant.
Clothing and household items available
The Bemidji Workforce Center is one of nearly 50 workforce centers statewide working to help: job seekers find employment, businesses find workers and anyone at any stage explore and plan careers. Workshops concerning Skills Identification, Creative Job Search, Resume and Cover Letter preparation, Interviewing and job application completion are available. Many services are free of charge.
Crisis Hotline 24/7: 1-800-422-0045
Offering a variety of mental health services including services for infants, children, teen and families. Children’s Crisis, CTSS In-Home Services, School Based Interventionist, Bemidji Outpatient Services, School Based Mental Health Services, Early Childhood Mental Health Services.
Holistic Support for People with Disabilities
LSS is committed to supporting individuals in making their own decisions that shape their quality of life, empowering them to live the life they imagine for themselves. Person-centered support means our wide array of services are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of individuals in a variety of settings.
My Life, My Choices is our innovative service delivery design focused on ensuring people with disabilities have meaningful relationships, access to services and opportunity to contribute to community.
The Bemidji LSS provides disability services, which include: Respite, In-Home services, Employment services, Housing Coordination Access, and Independent Living Skills.
LSS Statewide Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3769
Domestic, International, Special Needs, Birth Parent and Post-adoption Services
LSS Financial Counseling Service
Telephone: (888) 577-2227
Budget Counseling, Debt Management, and Counseling that concerns Housing, Bankruptcy, Reverse Mortgage or Credit Reports. Offices in Brainerd, Duluth, Eveleth, Hopkins, Mankato, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Willmar.
LSS Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3770
Senior volunteers with stipends provide tutoring services for school children or companionship and assistance for people who are elderly and frail. Services are provided in many counties. Call for additional information.
LSS Guardianship Options
Andrea Bilinski: Andrea.Bilinski@lssmn.org
Guardianship Options include Guardianship, Conservatorship, Power of Attorney, Care Coordination, and Personal Representative of the Estate.
LSS LifeWorks Employee Resource
Telephone: (888) 988-0098
Employee Assistance Programs, Organizational Development and Training
LSS Pregnancy and Birth Parent Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3769
Free confidential, non-directive pregnancy counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at all stages of pregnancy.
The Beltrami Area Service Collaborative is a joint powers agreement intended to:
Promote healthy development of children, pre-conceptual to age seven. Support pre-conceptual and prenatal education, parenting skills, prevention and early detection of child abuse and neglect.
Support healthy development of school-aged youth through social and educational achievement and asset building activities.
Support families, schools, and communities in effectively serving youth that are exhibiting emotional, behavioral, and delinquency problems.
Our Mission: The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a faith-based, caring place that listens to those who are experiencing food insecurity. We work with our partners to be inclusive and to provide fresh, nourishing foods for those living in Beltrami County and the Bemidji School District.
Households may make one visit per calendar month which will provide about 10 meals, or 3-5 days of food per household. Services are based on income eligibility. We are also a distribution site for Nutrition Assistance Program for Sneiors (NAPS) boxes for income eligible seniors 60 and over. Applications are available at the food shelf.
Please bring a current ID if you have one. We will need the names and birthdates of household members and the gross income for the household.
Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Bemidji Senior Center, officially known as The Beltrami County Senior Citizen Council on Aging, is located in beautiful downtown Bemidji at 216 Third Street NW. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM the building comes alive early as the Senior Creations Gift Shop opens for business and seniors come in for the various programs offered. The Senior Center is a place where active adults can receive nutritious meals, socialization, exercise, tax assistance, a driver safety refresher course, informative lectures, creative activities, volunteer opportunities, and a sense of belonging.
LSS Nutrition Program: Lunch every day Monday – Friday at noon. You MUST call at least one day in advance to reserve your meal. Call between 9:00am – 1:00pm to make a reservation. Suggested contribution for seniors age 60+ is $4.00. People under age 60 is $8.00. Gift certificates and meal tickets are available at the site. Delivery to your home is also available (Meals on Wheels).
Tax Assistance: AARP tax preparation counselors provide assistance for seniors and low-income individuals Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:15am – 3:15pm starting the end of January through mid-April. Help with property tax and rent refunds are available the second Monday of each month from May – September from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Assistance is provided on a first come, first serve basis. This is a free service, however, donations to the center are appreciated.
As a community based humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross MInnesota Region prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of others.
American Red Cross Northern Minnesota serves communities across Rosseau, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching, Saint Louis, Carlton, Lake and Cook counties in Minnesota, and Douglas County in western Wisconsin. Volunteers are always in demand.
American Red Cross
2524 Maple Grove Rd.
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 722-0071
AFTER A DISASTER
After a disaster, communities and families turn to the Red Cross for help—and we stand ready to provide comfort and care—free of charge.
The Red Cross helps disaster victims by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like first aid. Trained Red Cross workers often meet one-on-one with families to develop individual plans and identify available resources to help aid recovery.
Red Cross disaster relief focuses on relieving immediate disaster-caused needs so that families can get back on their feet and resume their lives as quickly as possible. The Red Cross also supports emergency workers, links family members outside the disaster area, and provides blood and blood products to disaster victims.
Emergency Communication Services
All day, every day, the Red Cross connects service members with their families back home when an emergency strikes.
The Red Cross partners with the military aid societies to help service members and their families get emergency financial assistance 24/7.
Information and Referral Services
The Red Cross provides counseling, guidance, information, referrals and other social services for all military personnel and their families.
Before, during and after deployments, the Red Cross provides training, information and support for military members and their families.