Next Event

18 SEP


Speaker Lineup and Topics:

  1. Stephanie Barthorpe: Music
  2. Trish Barthorpe Donating Creatively
  3. Merilee Grage: Winter Serenity
  4. Aaron Johnson: Zombie Preparedness
  5. Margot Kelsey: Travel
  6. Mark Lindquist: 
  7. Melinda Neville: Bicycling
  8. Stacy Pittman:
  9. Lauralee Tupa: Employee Engagement

Special Guest MC: Steven Krueger

Poster Designer: John Eggers


Featured Presentation

David Wold is a dedicated UFO hunter, but not like the ones you see on TV. Over 1,250 UFO cases were documented and investigated between 1947 and 1970, though many cases ended up being lenticular cloud formations, chinese fireworks, or the moon. David focuses on the Gorman Dogfight, a famous UFO incident that happened in 1948. 


All You Need is Love

@ VOL 20 ON DEC 05, 2013

Milt Lee discusses the creation of the universe, in both spiritual and scientific terms. He believes that the energy of the universe is the same energy that flows through all of us, and that energy is ultimately manifested as love. 



@ VOL 20 ON DEC 05, 2013

Pilot Mark Cook really enjoys his job. Despite the difficulties that bad weather can bring, nothing compares to flying at 200 miles per hour and getting to see the sunset up close. In his own words, "aviation is where I live, and life is just a place where I spend time between flights."


Who's That Girl?

@ VOL 20 ON DEC 05, 2013

Harvard graduate and true Bemidjian Lara Gerhardson has lived a life so rich and interesting that it would be impossible to summarize in a few sentences. She certainly has a colorful story to tell, as she revels in her nature as an embracer of opportunites and a collector of stories. 


Random Hearts

@ VOL 20 ON DEC 05, 2013

Jane Marks-Hastig implores us to look for the little reminders in life to stay positive. The heart, an easily recognizable and universal sign of love, is a symbol that can be found anywhere if you know where to look. All you need is a change in perspective and a little bit of humor. 


Pinteresting Motherhood

@ VOL 20 ON DEC 05, 2013

Growing up, Heather Johnson never though she would be a mother. Whe she got pregnant, however, she used Pinterest as a way to reassure herself that she would be fully prepared for whatever would come next. For her, motherhood ended up being a wonderul journey, testing her creative side and teaching her new ways to love every day. 



@ VOL 20 ON DEC 05, 2013

20 years ago, Daniel Carlson had the opportunity to visit Cibola, one of the lost cities of gold. With a group of ten other explorers, he heard stories about daring Spanish explorers, undiscovered mines, and hidden clues. Though he had no idea what to expect from the trip, he ended up learning many important lessons about the possibilites and future of this iconic area of New Mexico. 


Feeding the Achieve

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 15, 2013

Samantha Nienow and Rebecca Layman feed their inner desires to achieve as they train for the Half Ironman, a gruelling marathon that combines swimming, biking, and running. They push each other through highs and lows and offer each other support as they strive for the same goal. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 8, 2014.


The Adventure Bum

@ VOL 19 ON AUG 15, 2013

Jon Heller speaks on his journey from outdoor explorer to nature photographer as he pursues his ong-term interests in hiking, nature, and travel. What started out as a hobby has become the idea for a fully-fledged adventure magazine, where others can share their stories of adventure and exploration. 



Our Sponsors

We're excited for our next event that's just two weeks away! For PKN Bemidji volume 22, we're taking some extra time to recognize our sponsors: Amity Graphics, Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, Real Living First Realty (Noemi Aylesworth), Garden of Edits, Glass Doctor of Bemidji, KRLS, and Red Zest Design. Their behind-the-scenes support makes PKN possible in our community, and we appreciate all their time and efforts.
Today, we'd like to focus on Amity Graphics. The team at Amity supplies PKN Bemidji with all of our printed materials, including the posters and programs. It is wonderful to be able to showcase our poster designers' talents and our speakers' information with high-quality prints. Amity offers an array of printing options, promotional materials, and custom websites. They provide friendly (hence the name!), efficient, and thoughtful service no matter what your needs might be.
A big thank-you to Amity for your ongoing sponsorship!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Samantha Nienow

    Samantha Nienow is the founder of Bemidji’s PKN chapter and believes that every person has at least one story the community needs to hear. It’s just a matter of drumming up the courage to share it. Samantha was terrified of public speaking until about three years ago. Before that, she would never have dreamed of presenting a 20×20. For her day job as a graphic design / presentation designer, Samantha enjoys learning what makes her clients tick and helping them share their unique stories—which is probably why she was drawn to Pecha Kucha Night! Samantha is very active and loves biking, triathlons, and cross-country skiing with her dogs. She also admits to having an obsession with Post-It notes, and often enjoys a nice cup of her favorite black tea—Earl Grey de le creme from Holly’s Tea & Gift Shoppe. Read more about Samantha and her work at www.redzestdesign.com.