Send-off at the TIC for Carol and Dean

Carol Olson and Dean Beattie were celebrated at a send-off event at the Tourist Information Center.

Ashley Johnson, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce President, thanked both of them for their years of service and helpfulness.

Carol gave a brief speech thanking everyone for coming, even though she generally doesn’t like such large gatherings.

Carol and Dean were presented with numerous awards and gifts during the send-off celebration, and Carol was even awarded the key to the city by Mayor of Bemidji Rita Albrecht.

Group photo with Carol (left) and Dean (right) seated.

Featured photo: Carol Olson (left), is presented the key to the city by Mayor of Bemidji Rita Albrecht (right). 


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 is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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