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Local briefs-Oct. 5

Caregiver class begins Oct. 5

Do you help an older or disabled relative or friend? If you do, perhaps you can benefit from Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

As a caregiver, you will learn to balance your life, reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, increase your ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

The classes consist of six two-hour sessions held weekly on Wednesdays for six weeks — Oct. 5 through Nov. 9 — from 6-8:30 p.m. The cost is $25 and includes The Caregiver Helpbook and all materials. Scholarships are available.

Classes will be at the Senior Center in Little Falls. Classtime care for your family member or loved one may be requested with Faith in Action respite volunteers at no extra cost.

For more information or to register, contact Krisie Barron at Horizon Health (800) 224-6451 or

The program is sponsored by Horizon Health Inc’s Faith in Action and Faith in Action for Cass County and is funded in part by the Central Minnesota Council on Aging and Older American’s Act.

Men’s health seminar planned Oct. 11 in Aitkin

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center are partnering with Adult and Pediatric Urology to sponsor a  community education seminar on men’s urologic health. The seminar will be at 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. Dr. Shawn McGee and Dr. Lori Pinke, urologists from Adult and Pediatric Urology who provide care for patients in Aitkin and Crosby, will be the presenters.

During the seminar, Pinke will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest procedures in treating prostate cancer, with a focus on minimally invasive options. McGee will explain options after prostate cancer that include new and effective treatments for urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Additionally, a urology patient will share his experience with erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.

“Due to early detection and aggressive monitoring and treatment, prostate cancer survival rates are among the highest of any cancer,” McGee said. “Plus, new medical advances make life after prostate cancer more comfortable.”

The free seminar is open to the public. Anyone, including spouses and partners of those with prostate health concerns, is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is encouraged.

To register, call (218) 927-5552 or (218) 545-4447 or email or

Faith in Action 10th anniversary social

HACKENSACK — Faith in Action for Cass County recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” with more than 150 people attending a free ice cream social at the Hackensack City Park. 

People ate ice cream sundaes and listened to a mix of folk, Celtic and bluegrass music by Larry Kimball on guitar and banjo, Fran Gack on fiddle and guitar and Nick Stier on upright bass. Guests included the first Faith in Action for Cass County director, LuAnn Fransen, members of the first board of directors, volunteers and community members.

Donations were made by Mark’s Market and Lucette’s Pizza of Hackensack, Jerry’s SuperValu and the Dairy Queen of Pine River and Super One and First National Bank of Walker.

Faith in Action for Cass County is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteers helping their neighbors in need in Cass County. For more information about Faith in Action, call (866) 675-5435 or go to

Walleyedan at October Chautauqua event

CROSSLAKE — The October Chautauqua will feature lakes area guide Dan “Walleyedan” Eigen. The session is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Crosslake Community Center.

Eigen will share pointers on how to make the most of fall fishing and hunting outings. He will explain how to target fall walleyes and the gear and techniques needed to catch them. Eigen also will give advice about hunting the pre-rut and the rut, including proper attire and scent control.  

MS group to meet Oct. 13

The Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group, which meets the second Thursday of the month, will meet from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 13 in the family room at the Lakewood Health System Senior Campus, 401 Prairie Avenue Northeast, Staples.

Individuals and family members are invited to attend.

Contact Angela Anderson at (218) 894-8393 for more information.