Five Bemidji area women recognized with Women United Tribute Awards

Five Bemidji area women were recognized Thursday morning during the Women United Tribute Awards ceremony.

Julia Plum, deacon with the People’s Church; Tiffany Fettig, with Greater Bemidji; Jeri Francis, a childcare provider; Sandy Hennum, director of Village of Hope, and Tuleah Palmer, former director of the Northwest Indian Community Development Center and current CEO of the Blandin Foundation, were recognized during the ceremony held over Zoom.

Executive Director of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, Mary Mitchell gave an update on the Women United Mobile Food Pantry project, and Allison Forte, the Executive Director of Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter, provided an update and reflection of Women United’s help through their capital campaign for a new shelter.

Susan Jarvis, President and CEO of Sanford Health, was the keynote speaker and shared her experiences of being a woman in leadership.


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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