March is Women’s History Month and we are teaming up with the United Way of Bemidji Area, Women United and the Beltrami County Historical Society to put the spotlight on an important woman in Beltrami County History. It’s The Legendary Women of Beltrami County, presented by First National Bank Bemidji and  North Homes. Throughout the month, BemidjiNow’s Larissa Donovan will tell the stories of some of the most impactful women in Beltrami County history.

The Legendary Women of Beltrami County is also sponsored by the Bemidji Jaycees, Norenberg and Associates Tax and Consultation Services and Andrea Crandall American Family Insurance of Bemidji and Bagley. We will feature the stories right here throughout Women’s History Month.

We begin the month with a pioneer in the arts and an advocate for area veterans, GRACE OBERG:

Our next Legendary Woman of History is one of Bemidji’s settlers first and an early movie entrepreneur, MARY BRINKMAN:

The latest Legendary Woman of History was Bemidji’s Woman of the Year in 1974 & led on many fronts, MABEL SATTGAST:

This legendary Woman of History was known to everyone simply as “The Popcorn Lady”, ZONA GRAVE:

Our latest Legendary Woman of History was one of Bemidji’s earliest settlers from Nova Scotia, MALDIE ACHENBACH:

This Legendary Woman of History was instrutmental in Bemidji’s downtown renovation and, helped thousands of Bemidji kids through the years get started in music at her and husband Don’s business, The Melody Shop. PAT CAMPBELL:

Today’s Legendary Woman of History was Minnesota’s first American Indian woman attorney AND the nation’s first American Indian woman judge, MARGARET TREUER:

Our newest Legendary Woman of History was one of the earliest realtors in the area, arriving in 1905, CARRIE KNOPKE:

This Legendary Woman of History was instrumental in the Ojibwe Revitalization Project, ANNA GIBBS:

Our latest Legendary Woman of Beltrami County is MABEL PARKER:

This Legendary Woman of History was a beloved professor for many years at Bemidji State University, DR. ANNIE HENRY:

This trailblazer was one of the first female doctors in the Bemidji area…and state. DR. MARY GHOSTLEY: 

Our latest legend was Bemidji’s first ever female city councilor, ROSEMARY GIVEN-AMBLE: 

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