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What's Doing-April 1

JDRF Family

Network forming

A local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Family Network has been approved for formation in the Brainerd lakes area. If you are an adult or parent of a child with type 1 diabetes and would like to be a part of this network, contact Amanda Cline This group will be meeting regularly for education and support. 

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Post Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday. The Auxiliary Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Auxiliary Membership meeting at 7 p.m.

Cal White and the Post No. 25 Color Guard will serve a Salisbury steak dinner from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday. Cost: $8.

Pregnant girls’

night out

A pregnant girls’ night out will be from 6:30-8 p.m. April 19 at Iven’s on the Bay. The event will be hosted by Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter of Healthy Brains for Children.

Pregnant or planning to be? Enjoy a healthy night out with an alcohol-free evening, door prizes, drawings, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. For information or to RSVP, call 829-6194.

The event is hosted by Iven’s and Crow Wing Power Community Trust.

Grief Support Group to meet Tuesday

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will host its monthly grief support group from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Wesley Conference Room, located in the lower level of Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.

Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to the support group. The group’s purpose is to offer understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship and, most of all, hope to bereaved adults. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Tri-County Health Care’s Social Services Staff, Jenny Doll or Sara Stone, at (218) 631-5228.

Don Shelby to speak at “Men’s Night Out”

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care’s annual “Men’s Night Out” program will be held April 23 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. “Men’s Night Out” is a free educational event on health for men ages 18 and older.

A reporter and television anchor for 45 years, Don Shelby will be this year’s keynote speaker. Prior to his retirement, Shelby worked for 32 years as anchor, investigative reporter and environmental correspondent for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Considered the most honored and decorated local television journalist in the country, Shelby has won multiple honors including three national Emmys, two of which he earned after surviving a stroke. In 2010, Shelby was named Distinguished Minnesotan, an honor he shares with such luminaries as Sigurd Olson and polar explorer Will Steger.

His presentation “Living Courageously” shares his experience and advice about how to fearlessly face each stage of life.

Health screenings will be offered from 5-6:45 p.m. and Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) staff will provide free lab testing and screenings for glucose, cholesterol, PSA, thyroid, blood sugar, body fat and blood pressure. Informational booths will be available on a variety of health topics pertinent to men’s health. A complimentary light meal will be available at the same time.

The evening program will kick off at 7 p.m. with a panel of Tri-County Health Care medical professionals participating in a Question and Answer session with Men’s Night out participants.

At 8 p.m., the evening will conclude with Shelby’s presentation, “Living Courageously.” Don will share his insight and experiences about how to fearlessly face each stage of life. To find out more information on Don Shelby, go to

Admission is free; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling (218) 632-8725 or by e-mailing

Memory loss support and education group to meet April 12

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care (TCHC), Fair Oaks Lodge Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation and the National Alzheimer’s Association will host the next Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers meeting on April 12 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Cafe Conference Room, located on the lower level of TCHC.

Being a caregiver can be a difficult position. If you are having hard time talking to family or friends about your feelings, you may find that it is easier to express yourself in a support group, where you can be honest with others. Through participation in a support group, you will be better prepared and perhaps feel less overwhelmed as your loved one’s condition becomes worse. You also may be able to find some hope, from seeing that others who have been caring longer have survived the caregiving experience.

Memory Loss Support and Education Group for Caregivers meets the second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at Tri-County Health Care. Visit the front desk for conference room location. Anyone with an interest in understanding more about memory loss is invited to attend. Support group members are not expected to attend every meeting to be part of the group. For more information, contact Brenda Packer at (218) 631-7480.

Brainerd Elks

Lodge breakfast

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Order from the menu. All proceeds go to support Elks programs.

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary meeting

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Bethany’s Community Room, 804 Wright St., Brainerd. Special guest: Dave Csanda, Let’s Go Fishing. Bethany Gift Shop meeting at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments served.

Tri-County Health Care’s Diabetes Support Group to meet April 9

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will host its monthly diabetes support group meeting on April 9. This month’s topic is “How to Have an Effective Office Visit” presented by Jill Wilkens, PA-C.

The support group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Tri-County Health Care. Anyone with an interest in understanding more about diabetes is invited to attend. For more information, contact Pam Doebbeling at (218) 631-3510.

Easter party at ECFE

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today will host an Easter party at ECFE from 10 a.m. to noon April 7 at the District No. 181 Learning Center in the big gym (the old NE Super One in Brainerd). Come and make some crafts, frost an Easter cookie, enjoy Easter games and have your picture taken with live bunnies. Bring your own camera; any photos we take will be dropped off on Monday at ECFE for you to pick up.

Cost is $3 per child. Adults are free with a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Shelf or an additional $3.

Money raised will be donated to the ECFE (Early Childhood Development) fund.

For more information, go to, email or contact Amie Anderson at (218) 330-6703.

Grier to speak

PEQUOT LAKES — Thomas Grier will be speaking about Lyme disease at 6 p.m. April 12 at the Trailside Center, Baptist Church, Pequot Lakes.

Grier has a background in medical microbiology and pathology and has worked in Lyme disease research for the past 20 years. He will share his insights into the disease based on pathology studies in his talk called: “Lyme On The Brain.” His work focuses on the pathogenicity of Lyme disease and how it enters the human brain quickly and easily. He will discuss how over time the effects the Lyme organism has on the brain and how longstanding Lyme disease can mimic Multiple Sclerosis both in symptoms and pathology.

Mr. Grier is the executive director of pathology studies for MIBDEC an organization that registers MS and dementia patients for “brain autopsies” to look for spirochetes, the organisms that cause Lyme disease and Tick Born Relapsing Fevers.

He will present pathology evidence that previously treated Lyme patients may still progress on to have complex neurological symptoms and that the organisms cannot be detected or diagnosed by the current blood tests.

Also he will present autopsy evidence of the Lyme organism within the human brain and the pathology that results from unrecognized and untreated neuroborreliosis.

There is no charge for this lecture. For more information call Tania at (218) 831-1343.


bridge scores

Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 31.5; Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman, 31; and Don Rasmussen and Joe Heal, 27.


Chapter CJ of PEO will have our next meeting on Tuesday. Hostesses are Julie Furda and Betty Green.

Widowed Friends

Widowed Friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Bonanza.

Lakes Area Senior Morning Club

The Lakes Area Senior Morning Club meets each Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A speaker program is scheduled each week on various subjects of interest to the community. The club also participates in the “Books in a Bag” program sponsored by the public library. All members of the senior center, men and women are invited to become part of the group. Coffee and delicious Senior Center-made donuts are provided.

The programs scheduled for April are April 4, Amy Wyant, Bremer Bank involvement with non-profit organizations; April 11, Carleen Schmidt, The Good Samaritan Society; April 18, Pam Perry, DNR, Habitat of the Minnesota loons, and April 25, DVD on General Douglas MacArthur.

Crow Wing County Fair Board

The Crow Wing County Fair Board will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Curling Club building at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.

Good Samaritan Bowl Kicks off with Alley Rally event

Bowlers, sponsors and volunteers are invited to join Good Samaritan Society for a night of food, fun and prizes as they kick off Good Samaritan Bowl IX with an Alley Rally. The Alley Rally event is from 3-6 p.m. Monday at Mills GM (next to Fleet Farm).

Bowlers may pick up their free T-shirt and pledge packets for the upcoming May 6-7 Good Samaritan Bowl IX. Volunteers will have an opportunity to sign up to help at the event and sponsors are welcome to come and greet participants. Complimentary pizza, ice cream, and beverages will be provided. Games, door prizes and a sample of this year’s Bowling Pin Art will be on display for all to enjoy.

Potlatch Retirees

Potlatch Retirees will meet 11 a.m. Tuesday for lunch and cards at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, Brainerd.

Brainerd/Baxter Women’s Bowling Association annual garage and bake sale

The Brainerd/Baxter Women’s Bowling Association annual garage and bake sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14-15 at the Oak Lawn Town Hall. All proceeds go to local charities.

WHS class of 1955

The Washington High School class of 1955, spouses and friends will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe.

Firearms safety classes planned at the Legion

The Brainerd American Legion, 708 Front St., will have a firearms safety class from 6-9 p.m. April 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26, with range day beginning at 9 a.m. April 21 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. Arrive for the class at 5:45 p.m. Cost for this class is $7.50. Call 829-7582 to register. No walk-ins.

Lakes and Woods Garden Club

The Lakes and Woods Garden Club will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative. The program will be “How to make your own $12 self-aerating compost bin” presented by Marge Spiel. For questions, call Elaine Palthe at (218) 927-6225.

Mission Possible Senior Club

The Mission Possible Senior Club will meet at noon Wednesday at the Mission Town Hall. A potluck will be followed by speaker Shelly Boser from Landsburg Nursery.

Bring a dish to share and your own dishes and silverware. Call Glen at 765-3265 or Delores at 765-3713 for questions.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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