First National Bank donates to Sanford Foundation

First National Bank Bemidji recently made a donation to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minneosta, in support of its “Home is Where the Heart Is” heart center campaign.

This contribution, according to a release, will enhance cardiovascular services by helping bring a new heart and vascular center to Bemidji.

Upon committing a donation to this project, Hugh Welle, President of First National Bank Bemidji, commented, “Healing happens best at home. There is nothing worse than to be away from home with an illness. Bemidji is our home, her residents our family. When called upon, we take care of our home and our family. This project will elevate the quality of care for our town to a new level. Additionally, it’s an important construction project for our community; supporting our customers, neighbors, and friends during a time it’s needed more than ever. We’re fortunate to be in a position to make this gift and it’s incumbent upon us, as a Bemidji bank, to support our community when called to do so.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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