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55+ driver improvement program offered


The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days: from 8 a.m. to noon March 1 (four hour refresher), Lutheran Church of the Cross, 5064 CR 13, Nisswa; from 8 a.m. to noon March 2 (four hour refresher), Sacred Heart Church, Hackensack; from 8 a.m. to noon March 5 (four hour refresher), Pequot Lakes Baptist Church/Com. Ed, 20028 CR 112, Pequot Lakes; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 (four hour refresher), Hallett Community Center, 470 Eighth St. NE, Crosby.


The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. The fee for the four hour refresher course is $20 and the eight hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit our website at or call (888)-234-1294.

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Are you in your right mind?

PIERZ — Horizon Health’s Faith in Action, along with Home Savings of America and the Senior LinkAge Line, are offering an opportunity for the Pierz area community to participate in “Are You in Your Right Mind No. 3?” Interested persons may learn about the benefits of the aging brain, activities to keep a brain active and a good recipe for keeping a brain healthy.

A meeting is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz. A free will donation will be accepted for the seminar and lunch. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451 on or before Feb. 24. Space is limited.

Volunteers needed for MAC/NAPS program

Have you ever felt hungry and didn’t know how or where you were going to find food to feed yourself or your family? With your cupboards and refrigerator empty, what would you do?

MAC/NAPS is a program that locally is known as Mothers and Children (MAC) and Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). The program provides a monthly box of basic food items with enough to prepare many meals throughout the month.

Horizon Health’s RSVP is looking for individuals to volunteer at each of our commodity food box distribution sites. Volunteers are needed to register mothers, children and seniors. Volunteers are also needed to carry boxes to recipient’s vehicles as part of our Mother and Children (MAC) program and Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Volunteers are being sought at the Little Falls Senior Center, the second Friday of the month from 9:15-11:15 a.m. and the Pierz Senior Center the second Friday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m.

If you are interested in helping feed the hungry of Morrison County or would like more information on volunteering, contact Michele at Horizon Health (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451.

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.
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