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Camp Ripley food drive

Camp Ripley’s Personnel and Community Activities Office has taken on the post’s annual food drive in support of a local food shelf. This year Camp Ripley donated $230 and 545 pounds of food to the Motley Food Shelf that services the Leader to Randall area. 


“We are serving 90-100 families and will see more around the holiday season,” Sharon Stone, a volunteer at the food shelf, said in an e-mail release.  “Last year we were serving about 70 families.”  

Capt. Kristina Vonberge, director of Camp Ripley PCA office, reported that Camp Ripley conducts food drives during the holiday season and it rotates what food shelf it donates to each year.

Women’s Center gets upright freezer

Mid Minnesota Women’s Center director Louise Saliski recently accepted the gift of a 25-cubic foot upright freezer through the efforts of Schroeder’s Appliance owner Chuck Schroeder and the Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615. 

Driver improvement courses offered

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days:

From 5-9 p.m. Jan. 10-12 (eight hour full course) and 5-9 p.m. Jan. 11 (four hour refresher course), Wadena Northwest Technical College, 405 Colfax S.W.; Wadena; 5:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 10-11 (eight hour full course), Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Rd. W., Baxter; and 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 (four hour refresher course), Sacred Heart Church, Hwy. 371, 300 First St. S., Hackensack.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches the class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws and vehicle technology. The fee for the four hour refresher course is $20 and the eight hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit the website at or call toll (888) 234-1294.

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Make-a-Joyful-Noise fundraiser for food shelf

Little Falls Kiwanis was one of many church and community groups that took turns to help out the Morrison County Food Shelf through the “Make-a-Joyful Noise” fundraiser. During the fundraiser, groups provided live and taped Christmas music while shoppers filled the green box with their donations for the food shelf. 

Make-a-Joyful Noise is one the main annual fundraisers for the Morrison County Food Shelf. This event is expected to raise more than $10,000 which includes $2,000 in supplemental funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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