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Local news briefs- June 7

Openings still available for Little Miss and Mister

There are still several openings available for children ages 4-8 to enter the Little Miss and Mister Fourth of July Pageant.

The pageant will be 1-3 p.m. June 23 in the center court of the Westgate Mall. The crowned Little Miss and Mister each receive a grand prize package and be featured in the Fourth of July parade. All contestants receive prize bags for participating.

For more information or to register your child call Brainerd Community Action at 829-5278 or visit They are only taking the first 40 registrations.

Boy in serious condition Monday after he was struck by truck

FORT RIPLEY — The name of the 8-year-old boy, who was injured after the bike he was riding was struck by a pickup Saturday, was released Monday.

The boy was identified as Zachary Tanner of rural Little Falls. Zachary, who was transported by North Aircare to North Memorial Medical Center in the Robbinsdale, was in serious, but stable condition Monday. The hospital reported that Zachary was in critical condition earlier in the day Monday.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s office reported that the crash was reported at 10:50 a.m. Saturday on Jewel Road, north of County Road 48. 

The driver of the truck was Thomas Simon, 40, Fort Ripley. Thomas, who was not injured, was driving a Ford F-150 south on Jewel Road when the boy came across the highway, collided with the pickup. 

Community breakfast fundraiser set for June 19

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care Hospice will host its annual Community Breakfast fundraiser on June 19. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the Wadena Elks Lodge.

Free will offerings will be accepted to support the Tri-County Health Care Hospice program. Andrea Craig, RN, hospice manager, said the outpouring of support at the annual fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

“With the help of donations, Tri-County Health Care continues to meet the wide variety of needs of its patients and families by offering supplies, education and medical equipment,” said Craig. “Your continued support helps to provide individuals with terminal illness the opportunity to experience life until death in their own homes, surrounded by loved ones.”

“We encourage everyone to bring a dad to celebrate Father’s Day and support a worthwhile cause,” said Craig.

For more information, contact Andrea Craig, RN, hospice manager at 631-7460.

Brainerd Rotary Club wins district awards at North Dakota meeting

The Brainerd Rotary Club recently was awarded several awards at the Rotary District 5580 District Conference held April 28 - May 1 in Grand Forks, N.D.

District 5580 is a true international district of Rotary International as it encompasses areas of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Canada.  There are 65 clubs in District 5580, and 22 clubs with 61 or more members, one of which is the Brainerd Rotary Club with 117 members.

In the categories with clubs over 61 members, Brainerd Rotary was awarded the following awards:

• Third place for best in district.  

• Third place in community services

• Third place in fundraising

• Second place in best bulletin

In addition, the second place Distinguished Rotarian in Club Service went to John Forrest for his work on the Rotary Riverside Park project. Brainerd Rotary Club also received the International Presidential Citation with Distinction recognition.

The Brainerd Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at noon at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center.

Wellness Educators Youth Training Program session set

The Wellness Educators  Youth Training Program’s summer session runs from June 13 to July 25 in Brainerd. There is no class the week of July 4.

Summer hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

More information may be obtained by contacting Amanda Small at 855-8241 or emailing