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'Mail Call' planned for veterans on Washington trip

STAPLES — As a part of the Staples Host Lions trip “Veterans to Washington D.C. No. 3” there will be a “Mail Call” for veterans making the trip.

Family members, friends and anyone else are invited to write a veteran a letter thanking them for their sacrifice and service for our country. Organizers are hoping for at least 25 letters for each veteran. These letters need to be addressed by April 9. Return letters to Staples Host Lions, in care of Frank Odell, 12448 Ponderosa Dr., Staples, MN 56479

Veterans on this trip are: Arnold Beck, World War II, Westport; Glen Buorkland, World War II, New Brighton; Clarence Carlson, World War II, Brainerd; Dale Copley, World War II, Randall; William Flagg, World War II, Emily; Ray Garland, Korea, Staples; Michael Giles, World War II, Verndale; Charles Gilleland, World War II, Staples; Marvin Griffith, Korea, Sebeka; William Guelker, World War II, Staples; Romeo Goche, World War II, Verndale; Gerard Goeden, World War II, Wadena; Joe Hall, World War II, Aitkin; Thomas Malone, Korea, Wadena; Donald Lange, Korea, Baxter; Morris Olson, Korea, Brainerd; Lloyd Schwartz, Korea, Wadena; Maurice Schwen, World War II, Brainerd; Donald Stemson, Korea, Wadena; Jerome Swenson, World War II, Nisswa; Rueben Weber, World War II, Little Falls; Charles Witham, World War II, Brainerd.

This is the list of guardians who are also veterans:

Tim Giles, Vietnam and Iraq, Verndale; John Giza, Vietnam, Staples; Huck Holst, Vietnam, Staples; Cecil Johnson, Vietnam, Staples; Ana M. Miller, Army, Browerville; and Daniel Untiedt, Army, Albertville.

Activities planned at

Staples library

STAPLES — The Great River Regional Library in Staples will be hosting various events in February and March.

Monthly meetings of a Book Club for adults will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Each meeting will include a book discussion. This is an opportunity to read books you might not otherwise encounter. New members are welcome for good discussion and the opportunity to meet other avid readers or audiobook fans. Meetings will take place on the fourth Thursday of the month.

A reception for the library’s phone volunteers will be held from 3-4 p.m. Monday. An automated phone calling system is being brought online, meaning that the library’s phone volunteers’ duties are coming to an end. Volunteers have worked hours calling library patrons to let them know when requested items have arrived.

Computer classes for adults, who are beginning to use a computer, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays on Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, and March 1 and 8. The course will be taught by Charlie Crews from the Todd County Digital Literacy Program. The attendance limit is six, and preregistration is required for the series. Course content will be determined by how quickly the class master concepts and become comfortable with computer operation.

Storyteller Pam Collins will present “The Girl Who Lost Her Heart” for preschoolers from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Feb. 8. The story is of a young girl who doesn’t know how to be nice, loving, kind or polite. Through an unexpected source she finds her “heart” and learns how wonderful it is to have a heart to share with others. Collins will also read valentine books from the children’s collection. Attendance limit is 20 and preregistration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Motley Early Childhood Family Education is a co-sponsor.

For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at (218) 894-1401.

Kitchigami Regional Library schedule announced

The Kitchigami Regional Library recently released its mobile library schedule for January, February and March.

Every other Tuesday which began Jan. 10, the mobile library will stop from 3:40-4:40 p.m. on First and Whipple Street, near the city park in Hackensack.

Every other Tuesday beginning Feb. 7, stops will be made from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Amoco parking lot in Leader; and second and fourth Thursdays beginning Jan. 12 from 9-11 a.m. on Main Street near the Nisswa chamber; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the city hall in Breezy Point; and from 1:45-2:45 p.m. at the Holiday gas station parking lot in Emily.

Every other Saturday starting Jan. 14, the mobile library will stop from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Garrison VFW parking lot and from 12:15-2:15 p.m. at “the garage” at Ruttgers.

Unlimited Learning

event planned

CROSBY — Warren Nelson, area naturalist and columnist, will provide an Unlimited Learning  presentation reintroducing you to nature in late winter and spring.

“Looking toward late Winter and Spring in Nature” will be presented from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Heartland Senior Living Community, Crosby. He returns to share his photography of local woodland flora and fauna

which lives among us in deep winter and to discuss what to expect as spring sets the stage for the return of more birds, animals, flowers and insects.

This class is a part of Unlimited Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to lifelong learning. There is no fee for members and $6 for non-members. Annual membership is only $60 for singles and $110. for a family and includes all classes, courses and special events.

For more information about this event contact Margaret Lunachek, 678-2926.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
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