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North Country Women’s Expo planned March 5

WALKER — The North Country Women’s Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at Northern Lights Event Center.

There will be demonstrations, breakouts, entertainment, spa services and professional cooking presentations.

For vendor information, call (218) 547-4360.

Firearms safety class slated in Pequot Lakes

A Minnesota Firearms Safety Education class is scheduled in Pequot Lakes from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 24 and 25 and March 1, 3, 4 and 8.

The classes will be in the Pequot Lakes Gathering Room at Pequot Lakes High School. Students must be 12 years or older on or before Dec. 1.

Cost is $15. Make checks payable to John Wallin. Payment is due during the first session.

The range shooting/field outing is held at a later date, usually in May.

For questions, contact John Wallin at (218) 562-4473 (home), (218) 831-3644 (cell) or

Pond hockey tournament scheduled Feb. 26-27

A four-on-four pond hockey tournament is scheduled Feb. 26-27 on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay, in conjunction with the annual Frozen Fore.

Games start at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 in the 16-team tournament, made up of four- to six-player teams. Entry fee is $100 per team.

Sign up and pay online at or call Nikki at 821-3456 or (218) 692-3456 for more information.

Introduction to beekeeping class set

North Central Beekeepers Association members Shawn Strong, Larry Chismar and Don Isaacson are offering an Introduction to Beekeeping class from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 19 at Northland Arboretum. Participants will learn everything needed about beekeeping for beginners and hobbyists.

Cost is $3 for arboretum members and $5 for non-members. Advanced registration is requested so enough materials are provided. Walk-ins will be welcome if there is room.

To register, contact the arboretum at 829-8770 or

This course is made available with the help of the North Central Beekeepers Association.

Morrison County presents years of service awards

LITTLE FALLS — The Morrison County Board recently recognized its employees for years of service.

In conjunction with the Morrison County Employee’s Association, the awards are given to recognize the important contribution the employee’s provide in serving the public in a courteous and helpful manner on an ongoing basis. 

Five-year pins were presented to Mark Anderson, Dorothy Bachan, Patty Branchaud, Paul Bukovich, Jesse Friedrich, Christine Grams, Debra Gruber, Beth Hamlin, LuAnn Jarvis, Heather Jurgenson, Jackie Marx, Gary Mayer, Gail Miller, James Paschelke, John Ruby, James Schilling, Linda Strand and Thomas Youngblom.

Ten-year key chains and certificates were presented to Mary Arsenault, Tanya Ashby, Rachel Barta, Dale Beierman, Michael Disher, Fran Dosh, Jane Fussy, Amy Kowalzek, Sandy Lubbers, Nancy Ruby, Robert Sanders, Dee Shaffer, Julie Shelstad, Jean Popp, Amy Springer, Theresa Sweeney, Mary Swenson and Deborah Symanietz.

For 15 years of service, $50 savings bonds were presented to Karen Athman, Hope Bauer-Winscher, Linda Browning, Sandra Dehn, Robert Holmgren, Lynn Kapphahn, Joy Leidenfrost, Elizabeth Rekstad, Trina Ebinger, John Schelonka and Lynne Umlauf.

A plaque of appreciation was presented for 20 years of service to Elizabeth Brouns, John Erdrich, Jeanie Garlock, Eileen Holtberg, Ricki Okerman and James Zimny. 

A jacket was presented for 25 years of service to Thomas Daniels, Scott Kunkel, Michael Monnier and Thomas Ploof.

A mantel clock/watch was presented for 30 years of service to Richard Berg, Mary Doucette and Bruce Motes.

A gift of their choice was presented for 35 years of service to Steven Olson and Ed Whitford. A gift of their choice was presented for 40 years of service to Linda Collins and Lucille Wielinski.

Sleep Apnea Support Group planned Feb. 17

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System’s medical equipment store, Medical Marketplace, will host a sleep apnea support group from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Lakewood’s Main Campus.

RSVPs are appreciated and may be made by calling Rita Miller at (218) 894-8482.

Seminar on senior depression Feb. 16

STAPLES — A free community forum on senior depression titled “The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging” will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Feb. 16 in Classroom B at Lakewood Health System’s Main Campus (49725 County Road 83, Staples). Corrie Brown, Clinical Therapist at Lakewood, will present on the topic.

“The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging” will cover the myths, symptoms and treatment of depression in older adults. A free, confidential depression screening will be offered to interested participants.

For more information about “The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging,” call Brown at (218) 894-8202. To RSVP for the seminar, contact Gayle at (218) 894-8623 or

Ag and Energy Expo scheduled Feb. 18

STAPLES — The Ag and Energy Expois scheduled Feb. 18 at Central Lakes College in Staples.

The expo begins at 9:30 a.m. and will feature Randall Reeder, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Ohio State University. He will speak on soil management and conservation.

Breakout sessions will begin at 1:15 p.m. and will include information on conservation stewardship, wind energy considerations, nutrient management, solar applications, energy crop opportunities and energy center discussions.

The event is sponsored by Mid-Central Federal savings Bank and CLC.

For more information or to register, contact Julia Palmer at (218) 639-7615 or (218) 640-0193.