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Morrison County Historical Society receives grant

Tri-County Health Care’s annual February Festival of Health planned for Saturday

WADENA — Mark your calendars and plan to attend the year’s biggest health fair in Wadena. The 22nd annual February Festival of Health is a community-wide health fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at M-State’s Wadena campus on Hwy 29.

This free event offers more than 60 exhibits by local businesses and organizations, including popular booths like “Ask A Provider” and DNA swab testing. Each booth provides hands-on learning and an opportunity to become familiar with the many resources available for you and your family’s health, well-being and safety. This year, flu and TDaP vaccinations will be available for the uninsured and the underinsured.

One of the featured events is the Community Baby Shower booth, sponsored by Tri-County Health Care’s Obstetrics Department. Moms who are currently pregnant or have had a baby within the last year are eligible to win more than $400 in prizes in a special drawing.

Health screenings include: blood pressure, body fat analysis, pulmonary function, blood glucose test and vaccinations. All screenings are free. The Wadena County Soil and Water Conservation District will also be conducting free water testing, so bring a sample of your water.

Lunch is available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the cafeteria for a nominal fee. Throughout the day, free entertainment and demonstrations will take place. They will include dance performances by Just for Kix, demonstrations of the service dog of Wadena County, face paintings by WDC-FCCLA and caricatures by Doug Curtis.

The health fair is sponsored by Tri-County Health Care Foundation, KWAD/KNSP/K106 and M-State, Wadena campus.

Weekly grief support group

at Lakewood Health System

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will offer weekly grief support group meetings to be held every Tuesday from Feb. 7 through March 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Lakewood Health System’s Main Campus in the Fireside Room. Anyone grieving the loss of a loved one, child or any other loss is welcome to attend one or all meetings.

Grief support can alleviate pain associated with illness and death. Join others for discussions centering on various aspects of the grieving process: shock and denial, anger, depression, guilt, hope, renewal and acceptance. The group is facilitated by Chaplain Daryl Jacobson and social workers Kali Pachan and Kathy Wenzel.

With grief support, sharing experiences after the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of pets, possessions and even your sense of family and faith can help lift the heavy burden of grief and bereavement.

To register for the grief support group, contact Lisa at 894-8623 and for more information regarding these sessions contact Chaplin Daryl Jacobson at 894-8093.

Lakewood Health System sponsors and facilitates these and other support groups and educational opportunities free to the public. A listing of support groups and events can be found on the Lakewood Health System website at

Eva Mudgett benefit location

changed, new auction items added

PILLAGER — There will be a benefit for Eva Mudgett on Saturday at the Pillager School. There will be a free-will offering spaghetti feed and silent auction from 1-4 p.m. at the school with a live auction and live music provided by the Shaffers from 4-8 p.m. at the Pillager Community Center.

Some of the live auction items include an autographed Tucker Hibbert jacket and poster, a custom built 6x8 utility trailer, several guns, Lincoln welder, fire rings and loads of firewood. Many more items from area businesses and communities have also been donated for the auction.

Mudgett is the daughter of Steve and Jessica Mudgett of Pillager. She was diagnosed with kidney disease about a year ago and was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Proceeds will go to help Eva and her family offset the costs of medical bills and expenses incurred traveling to and from the Twin Cities weekly for the next three years for chemo treatments. The benefit is sponsored by family, friends and the Pillager Family Center. Donations can be sent to Eva Mudgett Benefit, c/o Pine River State Bank, P.O. Box 238, Pillager, MN 56473. Auction items can be dropped off at Cedar Street Market in Pillager. For more information, visit her Caring Bridge website at

Wine and beer tasting planned

JENKINS — Friends of the Pine River Library will have a wine and beer tasting from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the VFW Post in Jenkins.

Wines from around the world will be provided by Quality Wine & Spirits.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Friends of the Library get $2 off.

All proceeds go to repayment of the Library Roof Project.

Hors d’ oeuvres prepared by the Friends. There will be a silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased at the Pine River Public Library.

For more information or questions call 587-4639.

Morrison County Historical

Society receives grant

LITTLE FALLS — The Morrison County Historical Society recently received a grant for $11,090 from Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant program.

The grant will be used to provide digital access to a variety of Morrison County History resources. at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.

A digital microfilm reader will be purchased that will allow researchers to view and print county newspapers available on microfilm at the museum. There are microfilmed newspapers from at least eight Morrison County communities within the Historical Society’s collection. In addition, MCHS has county census records from 1865 through 1930 on microfilm that can be accessed using the new digital reader.

The digital microfilm reader has a number of advanced features in comparison to traditional microfilm readers that will provide users with an enhanced experience, including optimum readability, cropping of documents and printing and saving functions.

MCHS’s Digital Access Project also will include the purchase of a computer for the public to use at the Weyerhaeuser Museum to access the many Morrison County history resources online. The historical society’s website, which has three sections, contains over 480 blog posts, over 210 pages, over 55 downloadable files and over 450 images. In addition, MCHS has a collection of digitized items at the Minnesota Digital Library’s website Minnesota Reflections. There are many other online resources that contain information relevant to Morrison County’s history that researchers will be able to access through this public computer.

The Digital Access to Morrison County History Resources project will take place over the next six or seven months.

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