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PACT support group to meet in March

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will be offering a free class on creating a healthy life balance every Thursday. This month’s class schedule and focuses are: Stress and Goals on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level at Lakewood’s Main Campus; Nutrition and Healthy Eating on 5:30 p.m. March 15 in Classroom B, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus; Getting Active on 5:30 p.m. March 22 in Classroom A, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.

The PACT Life Balance class is part of a project called Pursuing Active Change Together (PACT). Through PACT, Lakewood Health System offers education, tips and resources to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention.

Space is limited; pre-registration is appreciated. RSVP to Lisa at (218) 894-8623 or Physician referral is not necessary to attend the class. For more information, please contact Nola Varilek at (218) 894-8586.

Cuyuna Range Women’s Club to meet

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Range Women’s Club will meet 1 p.m. March 5 in the meeting room of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby. The program will be given by Dee Stanich showing her “Reborning Dolls.” Mrs. Stanich takes baby dolls apart and repairs, repaints and restuffs them. She tucks in weights so that they feel more like a live baby, then puts them back together. She also sews clothes suitable for each doll. She buys used dolls on the internet as well as from other places. She will bring dolls with her to illustrate her work.

Special music will be provided by Gary Stacken. There will be a brief business meeting chaired by Women’s Club president Myrna Nelson.

Following the meeting, refreshments will be served by the committee of Betty Damsgaard, Jerry Kester and Cindy Wewers. All area women are welcome to attend and invited to join the club.

MS mutual help group to meet

The Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group is held on the second Thursday of the month and will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. March 8 in the family room at the Lakewood Health System Senior Campus, 401 Prairie Avenue Northeast, Staples. Individuals and family members are invited to attend.

Multiple Sclerosis can be quite challenging at times, but through the support offered by Lakewood Health System’s Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group, no one has to face these challenges on their own. The group is facilitated by Angela Anderson.

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

CLC club named Crane Meadows Volunteer of Year

The Natural Resources Club at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, has been named Volunteer of the Year at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

The award was presented at a recent annual meeting of the Friends of Crane Meadows, a dinner event held at the Little Falls VFW.

The CLC student club each year provides volunteers at two major events held at the Crane Meadows/Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Complex. They are the backyard Bird Habitat Day in December and the Habitat Day in March, which will next be held March 10. This is the 12th year for the day dedicated to ducks and bluebirds.

The college club raises funds to contribute $250 to materials used at each event and is thus among the co-sponsors.

Presenting the award to CLC instructors Gary Carson and Dr. Bill Faber were Anne Sittauer, refuge manager, and Paul Soler, wildlife refuge specialist. Sittauer and Soler are employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and stationed at the refuge complex.

Faber serves on the board of the Friends of Crane Meadows NWR.

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