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Briefly - Feb. 27

‘Moving Meditation’ class begins Thursday at senior activity center

The next class of the “moving meditation” of T’ai Chi and related practice of Chi Kung will begin March 3 and continue through March 17. Classes are Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd.  Another session will run March 31 through April 14.  

Students do not need to be a member of the senior center and the class is open to all ages and abilities. Chi Kung promotes health, wellness, balance, flexibility, openness and many more healthy benefits. Regular practice has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve sleep, concentration and reduce stress. Anyone can learn and practice Chi Kung.  No special ability or equipment is required.

The fee is $25 for pre-registered students and $35 for those who do not pre-register. Students may register online at: or at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. More information about Chi Kung and T’ai Chi is available at the website.

Instructors Dan Hegstad and Julie Guth began learning T’ai Chi 20 years ago. The class is based on “Chi Kung in Ten Gestures” a DVD produced by Hegstad. The DVD will be offered at the class. The DVD is also available at CatTales in Brainerd and Baxter Chiropractic in Baxter.  

Each session covers the same material so a student should register for one session. The student must attend the first class in the session. Hegstad is available for presentations and demonstrations of T’ai Chi and Chi Kung.  He may be contacted through the website or by calling 851-5900.

Community Services Health Division to offer flu shots

Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division (Public Health) will be offering flu shots throughout March every Monday through Friday from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

CWCHD is located at 204 Laurel Street, Suite 12, Brainerd, in the Community Service Building.

For those who meet the Minnesota Vaccines for Children eligibility guidelines and are ages 6 months to 18 years, the cost is $5, ages 19 and older, the cost is $10. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. CWCHD will bill Medicare Part B, Medical Assistance, and MinnesotaCare. You must bring your card. We will not bill private insurances so, if your private insurance covers vaccines, the cost is $25. You will receive a receipt to submit to your insurance or all area medical providers still have vaccine so you can see your home medical clinic.

If you have any questions, call Margie at 824-1098.

Non-insured crop assistance program deadline is March 15

Farmers interested in purchasing 2011 Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage for their pasture, vegetable or grain crops, must do so by March 15. 

The NAP program is a catastrophic level of coverage equivalent to CAT insurance. It is provided for crops that are not eligible for crop Insurance. The cost for NAP is $250 per crop, $750 per county and not to exceed $1,875 for all counties. The service fee is due at the time that you file the CCC-471 application form and the fee is non-refundable.

All significant crops must be insured either through your crop insurance agency or through the NAP program with the Farm Service Agency in order to be eligible for any potential disaster program that may occur. 

Those who are interested in NAP may contact either the Crow Wing/Cass FSA office at 218-829-5965 extension 2 or the Aitkin/Itasca FSA office at 218-927-2912 extension 2. 

Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board tomeet Monday afternoon

The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Brainerd City Hall.

Minn. fishing rule changes take effect Tuesday

ST. PAUL (AP) — New special fishing regulations for certain Minnesota lakes and other general rule changes for the 2011 fishing season become effective Tuesday.

The Minnesota Fishing Regulations 2011 booklet summarizes the changes on page 4. It will be available Tuesday at Minnesota license agents and on the DNR website.

Many of the new special regulations affect Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County and several connected rivers and lakes, including a sunfish possession limit of five and size restrictions on walleyes.

The 2011 booklet does not list the special regulations for walleye on Red Lake and Mille Lacs Lake because they have not been established yet. These regulations will be announced later.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.