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Local news briefs- Nov. 12

Non-emergency number for sheriff down Friday

The Crow Wing County’s computer system for its regular telephone number of 829-4749 was down for a couple of hours Friday.

Sheriff Todd Dahl said the 911 emergency number was working fine and the technical staff worked hard to fix the system for its non-emergency number.

‘Girls Night Out’ is Friday in Wadena

A benefit event for Stephanie Larson will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, at Donovan Hall (inside Pizza Ranch) in Wadena. “Girls Night Out — Shopping4Steph” will feature more than 20 different vendors selling items from jewelry to food and everything in between. Each vendor will donate a large percentage of their profits to the “Strength for Steph” fund. Tickets are $5 and available in advance at The Uptown in Wadena or can be purchased at the door.

Steph Larson, 32, of Wadena became critically ill on Oct. 22 and has been hospitalized at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She has undergone numerous heart surgeries in the past weeks and her recovery will be a long and difficult process. The money raised will go to Steph and her husband, Jesse, to offset the cost of medical bills and expenses incurred during this time. Monetary donations can also be sent to: Strength for Steph Fund, c/o Mid Central Federal Saving Bank, PO Box 152, Wadena MN 56482.

Crow Wing CAP members attend

Members of the Crow Wing Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, Jessica Holmes, Nathan Olson, Emmett Richardson, and John Stout were part of CAP’s Minnesota Leadership Academy held at Camp Ripley from October 20-23. More than 100 cadets from throughout the upper Midwest region graduated from three different specialized training schools.

The Non-Commissioned Officer School, attended by Richardson and Stout, focuses on training cadets to lead and teach small groups. Honing their skills in a hands-on environment, cadets attended courses on drill and ceremonies, public speaking, and behavior modification.

The Regional Cadet Leadership School, attended by Holmes and Olson, focuses on higher level leadership as well as providing insight into executive leadership and management.

Olson and Richardson also recently attended the Minnesota Wing National Character Day in Bloomington. The event included navigating a low-ropes challenge course, developing a personal code of honor based on Air Force character models, and hearing guest speaker Lt. Col. Paul Adams, USMC Ret. Cadets were also part of classes using CAP’s Drug Demand Reduction program.

The Crow Wing Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. For more information about Civil Air Patrol or the squadron, call Commander Marcel Kobberdahl at 534-5418.

Humanity participates in Give to the Max Day

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is one of many nonprofit organizations throughout the state that will once again ask Minnesotans to display their record-breaking generosity by donating to their favorite charities online at during the third annual “Give to the Max Day” on Wednesday.

Cravaack mobile offices in Randall

Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., announced his staff will conduct a mobile office from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Randall Fire Hall at 501 Pacific Ave.

Annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 9

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary welcomes the community to their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 9.

The sights, sounds, and smells of the season will be showcased in the River Room Cafeteria on the lower level of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 523 N. Third St., Brainerd.

Arrive early for the best selection on the Cookie Walk and skip your baking this year. With the purchase of a tin you will be able to hand select the sweets and cookies to fill it.

Gift items include luxury 800 thread count sheets, any size, for $30; crafters showcasing items for personal use and the home; and themed and wrapped gift baskets on silent auction.

Participants may bring gold and silver to get cash from the Gold Refinery from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All funds raised by this event benefit direct patient care as gifted by the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary.

Oustanding teen pageant planned

An addition to the pageant scene next year will be the Miss Brainerd Lakes Outstanding Teen Pageant. The announcement was made recently by officials with the Miss Brainerd Lakes Scholarship Pageant.

Girls between the ages of 13 and 17 who attend school in the Brainerd School District have the opportunity of being the first Miss Brainerd Lakes Outstanding Teen.

This year’s pageant is scheduled for Jan. 8. Those girls who are interested may attend an informational meeting at the Brainerd High School South Campus cafeteria at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Those who are interested but unable to attend may call 851-4808.

Thanksgiving dinner planned at Legion

The community Thanksgiving dinner, co-hosted by the Brainerd Legion, VFW, Eagles and Elks clubs, will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Legion. To make reservations, or to arrange to have your Thanksgiving dinner delivered if you are a shut-in, call 829-2249 by Nov. 21.

Those who would like to contribute their time, money or pies, can call 829-2249 or send donations to the Brainerd Legion, 708 Front St., Brainerd.

CLC to house Race Equity Policy Fellow

The area’s first Race Equity and Excellence in Education Leadership Team will be hire a Race Equity Policy Fellow for a short-term, part-time assignment.

On Monday, education leaders,organized under a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, met for the first time at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. CLC is one of three sites in the state selected for the grant, with the others located in Duluth and the Twin Cities.

State Rep. Carlos Mariani Rosa, DFL-St. Paul, and Jennifer Godinez of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership assisted area leaders with discussion on ways to build collaboration to work toward equity and excellence. Rosa is the executive director of MMEP. Godinez is associate director.

MMEP is developing a statewide network which builds and strengthens the work of collaborative groups in distinct regions in Minnesota that are working on local equity and excellence in education priorities and goals.

The CLC Fellow will provide support and assistance, to develop and enhance the work of area stakeholder to develop a long-term and sustainable action plan to address race equity and excellence in education, from the Mille Lacs community west to Long Prairie.

More about the MMEP:

Appeals to motorists: ‘Stay Back — Stay Alive’

With winter driving season around the corner, all motorists are reminded of the hazardous conditions they will face on the roads when snowplows are present, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s new Public Service Announcement demonstrates.

Last year in Minnesota, there were 72 crashes involving vehicles that hit snowplows. This is typically caused by inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow or motorists driving too fast for conditions, MnDOT reported.

Operators have much to monitor and control, and their ability to see behind them is limited by side mirrors. Their vision can also be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing.

The 30-second public service announcement features actual radio chatter from snowplow dispatchers, video of snowplows in action and real photos from crashes that result when vehicles and snowplows collide.

Ward honored with Legislator of the Year Award From NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota presented Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, from District 12A in Brainerd with a Legislator of the Year Award on at its annual conference, held in Minneapolis on Nov. 5. The award recognizes a legislator who has been an outspoken advocate for children and adults with mental illness and their families.

“Rep. Ward serves on the Education Finance Committee and has been a strong advocate for people with mental illnesses, particularly children,” said NAMI’s executive director Sue Abderholden. “NAMI greatly appreciates his support on important issues such as restricting the use of seclusion and restraints in schools, and funding for school-linked mental health services.”

Kiwanis Club spaghetti dinner set Tuesday

The community is invited to the annual Kiwanis Club of Brainerd Spaghetti Dinner at the Central Lakes College cafeteria in Brainerd from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are available at the door, and are only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. Help us as we try to change the world, one child, and one community at a time.

Ski Gull donors challenged with $100K matching grant

Al McQuinn has issued a challenge to Ski Gull and its many supporters to raise $100,000 in donations over the next six months. McQuinn will match every dollar raised, up to $100,000. Board President Laurie Fitterer said “If there was ever a time to donate to Ski Gull, now is the time ... every $100 donation is now worth $200 or $1,000 is worth $2,000 ... this is an incredible opportunity for Ski Gull and the community to not only grow programs for our kids but to also drive fundraising in support of the Vision Campaign.”

Charles McQuinn, Ski Gull’s treasurer, recently died in a tragic accident. Charles served on the board from 2006 until his death in September of this year. Charles was a lifelong supporter of Ski Gull and was passionate about introducing kids to fun and healthy outdoor lifestyle activities. His parents, Al and Mary Agnes McQuinn, know how important these programs and Ski Gull were to their only son, Charles. They created the matching grant to ensure Ski Gull will continue for generations to come in our community.

Donations can be made directly to Ski Gull at P.O. Box 612 Nisswa, MN 56468 or online via Ski Gull’s website also has a link to