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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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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

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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Pay It Forward December 12, 2014

The Gift of Life

Jeff Botnen

Jeff Botnen was so moved by a story he saw on the news that he decided he was going to donated a kidney to someone who was in need. Jeff selflessly donated a kidney to a complete stranger and undoubtedly saved a man’s life.

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Pay It Forward December 12, 2014

Project Ignite Light

Project Ignite Light

Twenty-eight Bell State Bank & Trust employees worked hard to gather over 20 fleece blankets, approximately 250 sets of pajamas and $14,500 in Pay It Forward funds to donate to Project Ignite Light. The organization’s founder was overjoyed by the generous donation and amazing teamwork.

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Pay It Forward December 12, 2014

Quality of Life

A group of employees in Minneapolis gave their friend Brian the opportunity to live his last days to the fullest. Donating their Pay It Forward funds to Brian and his family allowed Brian to spend quality time with his family before he passed away after a battle with cancer.

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Pay It Forward December 12, 2014

Bonded Beyond Friendship

Cancer survivor Dawn is thankful. Although she had to fight breast cancer with a difficult course of treatments, the experience gave her gratitude and strengthened her faith.

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Pay It Forward December 12, 2014

Ben Franklin Hotdish Club

Ben Franklin Hotdish Club

The Hotdish Club was formed at Ben Franklin Junior High in Fargo when two teachers saw there was a need to ensure students had enough to eat. The teachers, along with students and other community members, prepare hotdishes that qualifying students can take home.

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