Weather Forecast


13 of 18 motorists killed in January not buckled up

Lakewood Health System presents “Laugh & Live Well,” a Women’s Expo

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System (LHS) will hold its fourth biennial Laugh & Live Well Women’s Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Central Lakes College in Staples. The theme for this year’s event is “What’s Your Legacy?”

This event will offer a day of health, wellness and fun for women of all ages. More than 60 various vendors will display, discuss and sell their woman-focused products and services throughout the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from many health and wellness breakout sessions including: “Mission Possible: Serving a little Farther from Home,” Dr. Berit Amundson, LHS Family Practitioner; “The Skinny on Skin Care,” Dr. Barry Labine, LHS Dermatologist; “Curves Complete,” Autumn Pechan, Curves owner/manager; “Midwifery 101: Not Just Delivering Babies,” Nicolle Uban, Ph.D., LHS Certified Nurse Midwife; “Becoming Prepared,” Joe Brenny, Brenny Funeral Chapel; “Get This Potty Started: Urinary Incontinence in Women,” Dr. Erik Dovre, LHS OB/GYN; “Women and Fatigue: Balancing Your Life,” Kelly Thompson, LHS Certified Nurse Practitioner; “Answers to Embarrassing Questions,” Dr. Carol Uhlman, LHS OB/GYN.

A sit-down lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with a keynote speaker to follow at 1 p.m. Since 1990, Renee Rongen has delivered humorous, powerful, life-changing messages, encouraging her audiences to identify and use their unique gifts to make positive differences in their work, families and communities. Lakewood Health System’s Laugh and Live Well helps women embrace health and wellness in a lighthearted, enjoyable way. The day is designed to empower and pamper women, while offering a fresh perspective on new and innovative ways to look at healthcare.

Seating is limited, so call (218) 894-8623 to reserve your ticket. Tickets can also be purchased at The Shoppe at the Main Campus in Staples. Tickets are $7.

Morrision County area foundation grant applications now being accepted

Grant applications are now being accepted through Feb. 29 from 502 nonprofits, school districts and local units of government and organizations that are funded through these entities serving Morrison County.

Grant guidelines and applications can be founds online at

Storyteller Pam Collins at Motley Elementary

The Staples Public Library is sponsoring a presentation by storyteller Pam Collins from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 16 in the Motley Elementary first-grade classroom.

Collins will present “The Girl Who Lost Her Heart,” and “The House on Mitford Street,” both age appropriate.

The attendance limit is 25 and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at (218) 894-1401.

13 of 18 motorists killed in

January not buckled up

For the second consecutive month, lack of seat belt use factored in a majority of Minnesota traffic deaths. In January, 13 of the 18 motorists killed were not buckled up, according to preliminary Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety crash data. In December, only five of the 23 motorists killed were belted.

Most of the January unbelted deaths occurred in greater Minnesota counties — where belt compliance is historically low: Crow Wing, Cass, Wadena, Benton, Faribault (2), Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Otter Tail, Rock, St. Louis, and Winona. One unbelted fatality occurred in the Twin Cities area (Dakota County).

Officials say the unbelted deaths are factoring for the increase in deaths compared to this time in 2011. In January 2012, there were 19 deaths compared to 11 in 2011.

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