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Local news briefs- Nov. 7

Firefighters respond to vehicle fire Sunday

The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a report of a pickup on fire at 10:01 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Eighth and Oak streets in Brainerd.

The truck, a 1977 Ford F-150, was reported to be a total loss. The fire department cleared the scene at about 10:22 a.m.

Free heart screening event at Essentia Health Nov. 22

Cardiologists Dr. Mark Johnson, and Dr. Michael Rich, invite residents to join them from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 for a free heart screening event at the Brainerd Lakes Heart and Vascular Center at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Johnson and Rich will begin the evening with a 30-minute educational presentation including time for questions. Then participants will get to know their four risk factor numbers through free blood pressure and BMI screenings and receive a free voucher for fasting lipids test and blood sugar test, to be used within 45 days.

Participants may partake in appetizers and beverages and will have an opportunity to tour the Brainerd Lakes Heart and Vascular Center.

Space is limited to 40 participants. For more information, call 828-7455.

Energy Awareness and Personal Health

Life Care Center, advocating integrative health and wellness, is presenting “Energy Awareness and Personal Health” from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 12.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to recognize the way energy is impacting their life, in both positive and negative ways.

Participants will determine where there is physical pain and strength, character assessment of thoughts and emotions, learning about specific energy centers in the body connected to thoughts and emotions and identifying where there may be opened or blocked areas of energy. Group discussion and prayer is included in the class, as Life Care Center advocates health in body, mind and spirit.

The class is $25, and will be at Life Care Center, 2029 South Sixth St., Brainerd. Reservations must be received by noon on Nov. 11 and is limited to 12 participants.

Contact Debbie Endres, CMT, facilitator of the class at 824-7815 for additional information.

‘Absent Narratives: The Dakota Experience’

CROSBY — Have you wondered about the lives of the Native American Dakota peoples in Minnesota before the arrival of the Europeans? On Nov. 18, Unlimited Learning is providing an authentic voice to history of the area and Minnesota through another in our series of “Absent Narratives.”

Jim Anderson, chairperson of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, will speak on the Dakota experience in Minnesota. Anderson, who is also past Historical/Cultural Chair for Mdewakanton Dakota Community, will answer some questions about Dakota people.

Unlimited Learning programs are 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby. They are open to the public for a fee of $6 per session. For more information, contact Larry Foote, 678-3034.

Go online to for the full Unlimited Learning program schedule.