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St. Joseph’s Foundation awards two Community Health Initiative grants

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Foundation recently awarded two Community Health Initiative grants that will impact the lives of patients, staff and community through good stewardship. Crow Wing County Victim Services received $5,000 to assist victims of crime in Crow Wing County to help them cope with physical injury, financial loss or emotional stress.

In an email release. Kathy Fleisher, executive director of Crow Wing County Victim Services, said “We strive to assist as many crime victims as we can, as efficiently as we can and St. Joseph’s Foundation generous contribution will assist us in achieving this goal. We are dedicated to using utmost care in utilizing each dollar wisely to move our program forward,”

Brainerd Nordic Ski Club received $2,000 to support the Brainerd Lakes Area Youth Ski League whose goal is to introduce and support youth ages 4-14 in the healthy life-long sport of Nordic skiing.

“The BNSC is grateful to receive the grant and will use the funds to purchase skies and offer scholarships so all interested youth are able to participate in the Brainerd Lakes Area Youth Ski League,” said club member Becky Stadem. “The BNSC hopes that by involving the youth of our community in Nordic skiing, it will encourage outdoor family activities and nurture an enjoyment of winter activities and nature.”

The St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors reviews grant applications six times annually. Applications must focus on community needs in the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics service area, be submitted by nonprofits or governmental agencies and meet outlined criteria. For more information and a grant application go to or call (218)828-7564.

The next deadline for applications for Community Health Initiative Grants is April 1.

For more information on the grants contact Miranda at 828-7564 or

Immunization clinic planned

Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division (Public Health) currently provides immunizations at $5 per shot to children 18 years and younger who qualify for the Minnesota Vaccine for Children program and to uninsured and underinsured adults 19 years or older at $10 per shot.

Immunization clinics are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. by appointment only at CWCCS Health Division, 204 Laurel Street, Suite 12, Brainerd, MN. Clinics are open to all ages. A parent or legal guardian with an immunization record must accompany each child under the age of 18. You should not attend this clinic if your private health insurance pays for immunizations.

To schedule an appointment or to find out if you are eligible, call Margie at 824-1098 or 824-1080.

February clinic dates are Tuesday and Feb. 28.

Sons of Norway to meet Sunday

Sharon Carlson will present a program on her Norwegian ancestry and demonstrate the preparation of open-face sandwiches at the Sons of Norway meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Carlson was featured on a segment of Public Television’s “Common Ground.” Members and guests will “create” their own Smorbord to enjoy with a light soup supper.

Spring YMCA swim

lessons start soon

The Brainerd Family YMCA’s next swim lesson session is coming soon. The lesson schedule is available at the YMCA and on the web at The session begins the week of Feb. 27, and meets once a week for six weeks. These pre-school and school-age lessons are taught by trained instructors. YMCA members can begin registering for classes Feb. 21. Community members can begin registering on Feb.23  Contact the Brainerd Family YMCA at 829-4767 or stop by at 602 Oak Street in Brainerd to register. Also available, online registrations @ Brainerd Lakes

New this session is a teen beginner class. This is for teenagers who have not had the opportunity to learn to swim yet and will feel more comfortable in a class with similar age kids.

Morrison County commissioners to attend social event

CAMP RIPLEY — Members of the Morrison County Board will attend a social event at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Camp Ripley Recreational Center.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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