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Friends and Family December 13, 2015

Friends and Family-Minneapolis

Each year, every Bell State Bank & Trust team member receives a day off and a gift card with the Friends and Family program. The only catch – spend the day with friends or family. Check out some of the 2015 Friends and Family stories from our Minneapolis team.

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Pay It Forward December 13, 2015

FindJodi.com

Jodi Huisentruit left for work early in the morning 20 years ago, but never made it. She has never been found, but the Find Jodi team has never stopped looking for her. A Bell team member with a special connection to Jodi used the Pay It Forward program to help with funds for their search.

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Pay It Forward December 13, 2015

Girlpower Book Club

A Bell team member’s vision of a Girlpower Book Club and the Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley became a perfect marriage. Eight young women took part in the book club over the summer and opened up to talk about how the books connected to their lives.

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Pay It Forward December 13, 2015

Hope Kids

Power weight lifting and fundraising come together at Relentless, an annual event with proceeds going to Hope Kids. The program raised $13,000 for Hope Kids in its first year and $230,000 in 2015.

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Pay It Forward December 13, 2015

In His Wakes

In His Wakes, a ministry outreach, is an all-day clinic where kids with very little can come out for confidence building and fun on the water. Through Pay it Forward: Community Connect, kids were able to learn to “grab onto the power.”

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Pay It Forward December 13, 2015

Nepal's Darkest Day

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. The darkest day in the country’s history saw thousands of lives taken, over 9,000 people injured and millions left in need of food. The Bell family pooled together nearly $18,000 to assist with needs in the country.

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Community Connect December 13, 2015

Double The Impact

Bell team member Dorothy Owen selected Eric Schwartz for Pay It Forward: Community Connect. Eric agreed, but had a catch. If he was going to donate $1,000, so was Dorothy. Eric used his money to support Gigi’s Playhouse and Dorothy used hers for Mind Body Solutions.

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Pay It Forward December 13, 2015

Remember Yourself

People need touch. That’s the reason that a Bell team member teamed up with a massage therapist to provide 31 one-hour table massages for people who have memory issues and their caregivers. The gift of a massage is helping many people remember themselves.

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Pay It Forward December 13, 2015

Friends For Life

The call came as a surprise. A Bell team member was told that her good friend was in a serious skiing accident and was in emergency surgery in Colorado. It was the day after the Christmas party and Beth Eider already knew her Pay It Forward dollars would go to her dear friend Angie.

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Pay It Forward December 12, 2014

Reagon's Miracle

Reagon's Miracle

Reagon suffered injuries in an accident, but came out on the other side strong and healing well. The experience helped her “come out of her shell,” as Reagon showed amazing courage and strength. She is now a happy, smiley kindergartener.

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