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Local news briefs- Oct. 21

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AARP defensive driving class set for November

There will be an eight-hour defensive driving class from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd.

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Cost for this class will be $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. This is the first class that the insurance company requires people to take for defensive driving. The class has been split into two nights to make it manageable for working individuals. Organizers need at least 10 students to hold the class. If you are a veteran, or a spouse of a veteran, you can take this class for free. Call 829-9345 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sign up.

Progress continues on Wadena-Deer Creek School construction project

WADENA — Wadena-Deer Creek School District officials announced that progress has been made on various aspects of the school construction project.

• Curb and gutter on Fifth Street and Community Center Drive is now complete.

• The east kitchen and east gymnasium walls are going up.

• Long-span gym roof joists are being assembled and installed.

• High roof over the Commons is being installed

• Plumbing is 90 percent completed on the first floor of the Academic Wing.

• Under-slab electrical rough-ins are going in around the entire building.

• Exterior stud walls are arriving and getting installed.

McQuinn family offers matching grant to Ski Gull

Ski Gull hosted its annual fall fundraiser Oct. 6 in Baxter at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes with nearly 300 people attending.

The annual event marks the kickoff of the Ski Gull season, celebrating all the Ski Gull contributors and their families, raising much needed funds to help maintain core programs and continue facility improvements.

This year, Ski Gull’s fundraiser was also a time for participants to morn the passing of board member Charles McQuinn, who died in a vehicle crash. His parents, Al and Mary Agnes McQuinn, attended the fundraiser in support and memory of their son. Ski Gull reported the McQuinn family generously stepped forward honoring Charles McQuinn and his legacy by offering a large matching grant to Ski Gull.

Ski Gull reported the matching grant provides the facility with an opportunity to retire old debt, replace its 17-year-old groomer and improve youth programs.

Ski Gull thanked all those who attended the Ski Gull Annual Fundraiser, the businesses and individuals from food and beverage vendors to those who donated items to the silent auction, game prizes and door prizes from snowboards, clothing, gift certificates, golf packages to hotel accommodations, along with volunteers.

The Ski Gull Fall Fundraising Committee consists of; Laurie Fitterer, Karleen Schmidt, Ellen Frank, Becky Thuringer, Elsye and Paul Burton, Kelli Levenske, Kim Watson, Patty Sura, Gary Goll, Sylvie Gilman, Missy Best, Karla O'Brien, Katy Kalenberg, Janelle Madison, Melissa Grover and Amy Ryappy.

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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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