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Local briefs- May 11

Sherrie Delahunt presented the first Bo Delahunt Award, in memory of her husband

Bartelt first recipient of Delahunt Award

Adam Bartelt is the first winner of the Bo Delahunt Award, presented at the USBC-BA Brainerd/Baxter Bowling Association banquet on May 6 at Jack’s House. 

The award recognizes the most outstanding bowler of the season for contributions in the Brainerd Twi-Lite Classic League.

Delahunt died a year ago of a heart attack. He was an avid supporter of the Brainerd/Baxter bowling community since he was a youth. To honor his memory, the league agreed last fall to rename its bowler of the year award the Bo Delahunt Award.

Boat and water safety classes offered

The Gull Chain of Lakes Association, in conjunction with Cass and Crow Wing County Water Patrols and DNR Enforcement, is sponsoring two boat and water safety classes for youths ages 12 to 17.

According to Minnesota state law, all teens 13 to 17 years old are required to have a permit to operate a personal watercraft and all youths ages 12 to 17 must have a permit to operate a boat with a motor of over 25 horsepower.

The class goes through all rules and regulations, provides participants hands-on boat operation training and qualifies participants for the required permits. The sheriff’s office strongly recommends that all young people in this age bracket take the class.

Classes will be held on two Wednesdays, June 8 and June 22, at the Ernie’s On Gull restaurant. Class starts at 8:30 a.m. Ernie’s will provide lunch for participants at no cost.

Call Mary Kay Larson at the Corps of Engineers for details and pre-registration. She can be reached during the day at 829-2797 and evenings at (218) 963-7390. Class size is limited.

Habitat ready to build in McGregor

Funding is in place to begin building a new home in McGregor this spring through the Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity.

The four-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home on Iverson Street in McGregor will be the new residence of Sarah Smith and her three children.

A Strengthening Communities grant from the Northland Foundation enabled Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity to obtain a computer, a construction trailer, to publish a newsletter and to contract with a consultant for board training. Now, the construction committee seeks to fill that trailer with donated tools for volunteers to use.

If you can volunteer at the building site, make food or assist the volunteers in any way, donate tools, or make a cash donation, contact Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity at (218) 927-5656 or or stop in the office in the Morris and Morris building, 214 1st Ave. N.W., Aitkin, MN 56431. And don’t forget to donate recycled aluminum cans at drop sites at Paulbeck’s Super Valu, Aitkin; and Ukura’s Big Dollar, McGregor.

Free bike helmets to be given to area children

STAPLES — The Lakewood Health System Foundation will distribute free bicycle helmets to area children as part of its an annual “Helmets Worth Wearing” program.

The program will kick off May 18 at Lakewood’s Motley clinic and will continue through June 1. Children of all ages will be properly fitted and given a free helmet along with instruction on the importance of wearing a helmet during activities such as bike riding, roller skating, and skateboarding.

Clinic locations, dates and times for this year’s event:

10 a.m. to noon, May 18, Lakewood Health System Motley Clinic; 3-5 p.m. May 19, Lakewood Health System Pillager Clinic; 3-5 p.m. May 24, Lakewood Health System Eagle Bend Clinic; 3-5 p.m. May 26, Lakewood Health System Browerville Clinic; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 1, Lakewood Health System Staples Clinic.

For more information, contact Heidi Chapman, Lakewood Health System Foundation director, at (218) 894-8503.

Aitkin Masonic Lodge Vidalia onion sale set

GARRISON — The Aitkin Masonic Lodge is sponsoring a Vidalia onion sale. The onions are the first crop of Vidalia onions from the farms of Georgia.

Onions will be sold in Garrison at the concourse by the walleye statue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.         A 10-pound bag will be $10.

The Aitkin Masonic Lodge is a local fraternal organization. Money raised will go to local scholarships.

To place your order or if you have questions, call (320) 692-4373 or (218) 764-2068.

Community invite to Pregnant Pause

STAPLES — Pregnant Pause, a program that raises awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, will be from 1-3 p.m. May 21 at Lakewood Health System’s Main Campus, 49725 County 83, Staples, in the lower level classrooms.

Every pregnant woman who attends will receive a prize to make being a mom a bit easier. The women also have the opportunity to make fun, creative crafts and register for additional prizes.

To register, contact Kelly Riepe, FASD Clinic Coordinator, at (218) 894-8336.

Garden Party set Thursday

NEW YORK MILLS — The annual Garden Party silent auction for the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the cultural center.

A multitude of center supporters have donated items, including plants, grass seed, DVDs, gardening items, window treatments, a custom-made boat awning and other items.

Finding your passion in life

A workshop to help uncover a person’s passion in life is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and May 19 at Staples Motley High School.

Call Julie at (218) 894-2497 to register or for more information. Cost is $22.

Spring cleaning begins on lakes, rivers

The DNR is encouraging people to join the Adopt-a-River program for the spring cleaning of Minnesota’s public waters. 

 For more information about how to help clean Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, wetlands, ditches or ravines public waters, visit or email