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Adoptive Parents Support Group

Meets 7-9 p.m. second Thursday, Rose Room, St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls. Kim Goff (320) 749-2727.

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver support group

3-4 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Bethany Good Samaritan, Brainerd. Sandy, 855-1653.

American Cancer Society

Call (800) 227-2345 for cancer information, day-to-day help and emotional support for not only the patient but also friends and family or visit the web site at www.cancer.org.

Battered Women

    Meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 828-1216 for meeting location.

Brainerd HIV-AIDS

Noon to 2 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Call Minnkota Health Project (877) 871-4636 for location.

Brainerd Lakes Area Adoption Support Group

Support for Crow Wing, Aitkin and Morrison Counties for people who have adopted children from 6:30-8 p.m. third Tuesday. For more information, call Kim at 855-1373.

Brainerd Lakes PFLAG

Meets 7 p.m. third Monday, First Congregational Church, Brainerd. Contact brainerdpflag@hotmail.com or P.O. Box 2503, Baxter, MN 56425.

Breast Cancer Survivors Support

    6 p.m. second Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. second Fridays, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 503 North Third. Donna, 825-9109, or Pat, 829-1683.

CRMC breast cancer support group

3 p.m. second Thursday, Tunnel Conference Room, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, 320 East Main St., Crosby. Gail, (218) 546-4302.

Caregiver Support Group

Meets 1:30 p.m. first Wednesday, Good Neighbor Home Care offices, 14387 Edgewood Drive, Baxter. (behind CTC). Call Ann, 824-1145, or Shirley, 829-9238, for more information.

Celebrate Recovery

PINE RIVER — Meets 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Life Center, Pine River. A 12-step recovery program for hurts, habits and hang-ups. 587-2021.

Christ-Centered support group for codependents

A Christ-Centered support group for codependents will meet every Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the community room of the Sawmill Inn restaurant, 601 Washington St., Brainerd. Join the group as they heal together through exploring the 12 Christ-Centered Codependency steps with people who have "been there and done that." People will feel at home and with friends and find the support needed to become healthy and whole. Learn how to establish healthy boundaries that will restore sanity to your own life, as well as encourage your loved ones to seek help they so desperately need. Bring a Bible and a friend.

Circle of Parents

Meets 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays, First Lutheran Church, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd. 821-6429.

PEQUOT LAKES — Meets 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Pequot Lakes Trailside Center.

CROSBY — Meets 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays at C-I Presbyterian Church. More info, call 821-6429.

Chron’s and Colitis

    7 p.m. first Tuesday, Dean, 764-2649.

Computer class

1-2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Fridays. Center for Independent Living, 304 East River Road, Brainerd. To schedule class, call 829-9567.

Crisis Line-Referral

Available free 24 hours. Call 828-HELP, or 1-800-462-5525. Confidential and anonymous.

Diabetic Support Groups

AITKIN — 5-6 p.m. second Thursday, Riverwood Center for Outpatient Services, 601 Bunker Hill Drive.

BRAINERD — 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, Sept., Oct., Nov., March, April and May, Bonanza. Florence, 829-4501.

CROSBY — 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Tunnel Conference room, CRMC. Speakers, personal learning and encouragement. Sarah, 546-4302.

MCGREGOR — 3 p.m. third Thursday at United Methodist Church. Call 927-5152.

Disability Linkage Line

Disability Linkage Line Options Counselors are available the second and fourth Thursdays, 1-4 p.m., Workforce Center-Vocational Rehabilitation Services, 204 Laurel St., Brainerd. Call Sharon or Keith, (866) 333-2466.

DivorceCare

Meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, 829-7251.

Dual Disorder

    4-6 p.m. Fridays at Brainerd Alano Club, Gary, 825-8528.

Eating disorder

    No meetings this summer. Will resume in September. Justina Richter, 824-0010.

Emotions Anonymous

    7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, First Congregational Church, 415 Juniper St. N., Brainerd. Use North door.

Families Anonymous

6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Sue, (218) 831-2364.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Meets 10 a.m. first Monday, with Frances Ilett, 304 E. River Road Room No. 3, Brainerd. Sponsored by Center for Independent Living Access North. Call 829-9567.

Fibromyalgia Group

PEQUOT LAKES — 1-3 p.m. first Thursday, St. Alice Catholic Church. 568-5621.

Food allergies

Support, education, advocacy and food free events for families and individuals in the central lakes area, call Krista at 568-6092 or Melissa at (320) 468-6290 for more information.

GLBT Equality Coalition

People working together because we are Allied for GLBT Equality. Contact glbtequality@hotmail.com for information on monthly meetings and upcoming events.

GLBT support hotline

Hotline for information on doctors, counselors, etc., associated with GLBT. Chrissy, 829-4261.

Gamblers Anonymous

7 p.m. Mondays at the Congregational Church, 415 Juniper. Sheila, 218-820-5903.

PALISADE — 7 p.m. Thursdays, Bethel Lutheran Church, Palisade. Mary G., 768-4462 after 9 p.m. daily or Pastor Bill, 845-2429.

Grief Support and Education

Specially trained professionals provide information and support to those who have recently lost a loved one. Call 828-7659, St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

STAPLES — Grief support meets 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Faith Lutheran Church, Staples. Call (218) 894-1546.

Grief Share Support

Grief Share Support Group meets 7 p.m. weekly, Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, Baxter. Call 829-7251.

Lakes Area Ecumenical Bereavement

4 p.m. first Thursdays, Immaculate Heart parish hall, Crosslake, Donna, 692-3246.

Listening Ears

Widow and widowers group for those who have lost a loved one. Call Doris, 829-7565 for information.

Look Good, Feel Better cancer support

A free program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment in an effort to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Next sessions are 10 a.m. April 6, June 1, Aug. 3, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Camp Room. Registration required. Call the American Cancer Society, (800) 227-2345.

MIMIS bariatric weight loss group

7:15-8:30 p.m. third Tuesday, Hallett Community Center, 470 8th Street NE, Crosby. Cindy, 546-2339.

MS breakfast

Meets 9:30-11 a.m. third Monday at The Mill.

Mental Illness   

    NAMI-North Central Region (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 7 p.m. second Thursday, 606 Front St., Brainerd. (888) NAMI-HELPS (press 6#). Support for consumers and family members. Covers Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.

Mothers of Multiples

Meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday (excluding June, July, August and December), Lord of Life Church. Shari, (218) 961-5885.

Multiple Sclerosis

Meets at 9:30 a.m. second Tuesday, Sawmill Inn. Carol Ann, call 568-5972 or (218) 232-3279.

Muscular Dystrophy

12:30 p.m. last Friday, Bonanza. Michelle Mike, Health Care Service Coordinator, Northland Chapter MDA, 727-3466, Caroline Schroemel, 829-1883.

Myasthenia Gravis

1:30-3:30 p.m. third Tuesday, Park United Methodist Church. No meetings December through February. Call 562-4594 or e-mail mgcorn@uslink.net.

NAMI Connection

Meets 7:30-9 p.m. every Wednesday, 606 Front St., Brainerd. Lori, (218) 831-4248 or Lisa, 829-5899. Consumers only.

PINE RIVER — Meets 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, First Lutheran Church, 309 Second St., Pine River. Annette, (218) 838-5221 or 587-2438.

Narcotics Anonymous

    8 p.m. Thursdays at Upfront Alano Club.

Nicotine Anonymous - Nic Of Time

10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oak Street Club, 1601 Oak Street, Brainerd. For more information, Jan, (218) 963-1214 or (218) 537-0081 cell.

Nicotine Anonymous - Nisswa Nic of Time

10 a.m. Thursdays, beginning May 31, Christopher's House, small building located in the parking lot of St. Christopher's Church, Nisswa. For more information, Jan, (218) 963-1214 or (218) 537-0081 cell.

Northern Lakes Gay and Bisexual

For information call (218) 675-5535 or e-mail NLakesGayMen@netscape.net.

Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Meets 6-7:30 p.m. second Thursday, Nisswa American Legion (lower level meeting room).

Overeaters Anonymous

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First Congregational Church, 5th and Juniper, Brainerd. Use north parking lot entrance. (218) 839-1231.

PCA and Client Group: PCAs (Personal Care Attendants) and clients are starting a group to talk about problems we face and how we can work together to solve them.  Meeting from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Northwind Grill in Brainerd.

Parkinson’s

BAXTER — 1:30 p.m. first Thursday, Excelsior Place, Baxter.

AITKIN — 1:30 p.m. third Tuesday, Aicota Health Care Center, Aitkin. Louise Hasskamp, 927-2623, or Trix Wyant, 845-2394.

Post-abortion support group

Meets at Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center (LAPS), 825-0793, Janeen or Terri.

SJMC Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Meets 6-7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Julie Smith, 828-7570.

Sex Addicts Anonymous

    Struggling with the pain of pornography or sexual brokenness. There is hope in healing in this 12-step program. For information, write P.O. Box 454, Ironton, MN 56455.

Survivors of Sexual Violence

Meets 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sexual Assault Services office, suite 114. Call Rose or Jerowen at 828-0494, or toll free (888) 458-0494.

TOPS 1116

TOPS MN No. 1116 meets Tuesdays, Bethany Good Samaritan Chapel. Weigh-in, 5-6 p.m.; meeting, 6:10 p.m.

TOPS 1449, Brainerd

TOPS No. MN 1449, Brainerd, meets 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oak Lawn Town Hall. Janet, 855-1944.

TOPS 1659 Ironton

Weigh-in 4-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays with meeting from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 600 Fourth St. SW, Crosby. Mabel, 546-6523.

TOPS 1684 Pequot Lakes

8 a.m. Wednesdays, Grace United Church, south Highway 371. Debbie, (218) 851-8014.

TOPS MN 1706, Garrison

Meets Thursdays at Garrison Community Alliance Church, weigh-in at 8:15 a.m. Meeting at 9 a.m.

TOPS MN 1792, Brainerd

Meets 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Children's Center at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group

Meets 10 a.m. to noon second Saturday of odd months, CentraCare Health Plaza, St. Cloud. Mary, (320) 252-4498.

Wellness Anonymous support group

Meets 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 324 South Fifth St., Suite B, Brainerd. Kathie Kinder-Goble, 839-3057.

Young Women’s

    Free, 10 weeks, open support group for young women 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Sexual Assault Services, Downtown Mall. Open to young women who would like information on coping with everyday struggles and meet other women dealing with similar issues, Deanna, 828-0494.

Youth Resiliency Group

4 p.m. Wednesdays at Brd. Public Library, Crosby Public Library, and Pequot Lakes School, 828-4383.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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