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Cuyuna Range Youth Center to have dance

On March 3, the Cuyuna Range Youth Center is having a youth dance. The dance is open to all 7-12th graders from 7-11 p.m. The cost for the dance will be $3; pop and concessions are available for purchase. (No food or drink from the outside will be allowed into the Youth Center). The Saturday night normal hours will be canceled due to this dance. It will be open only for those wanting to attend the dance. The dance will be chaperoned and anyone leaving the dance prior to 11 p.m. will not be admitted back into the Youth Center. Youth from our surrounding communities are also invited if in 7-12th grade and enrolled in school. Questions, call Leona Miller at (218) 546-5744 or 851-4765.

Crosslake in Bloom seminar offers tips on terrarium gardening

CROSSLAKE — If this mild weather is giving you the urge to start gardening, plan to attend the Crosslake in Bloom “Build Your Own Terrarium” seminar.

The seminar will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake.

This is a great class for parents and children to attend together. This “hands-on” class will teach about the microclimate of terrariums. Those who attend the seminar will create a terrarium, to take home, during the class. The session also will cover how to care for the terrarium.

Cost is $10 or $8 with advance registration. There also is a $10 material fee for this seminar. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and to register, contact the Crosslake office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber at (218) 692-4027 or go online

EMS classes offered

WADENA — Tri-County Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department offers Heartsaver CPR and First Aid courses to its communities. The next class will be from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 29 (First Aid) and 6-10 p.m. (CPR).

Heartsaver CPR and First Aid is for those who need or are interested in learning or becoming certified in CPR, First Aid or both. With the knowledge and skills learned in each class you can save a life. Skills taught are especially valuable for those in daycare or babysitting, firefighting, police, airline personnel, security guards and those with family members at high risk for sudden cardiac emergencies. CPR class teaches how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking. First Aid teaches skills to effectively recognize and treat emergencies within the first critical moments until EMS personnel arrive. Skills are taught for victims of all ages. Completion of either course provides a two-year certification through the American Heart Association. Cost is $50 for CPR and $25 for First Aid.

As class sizes are limited, pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register for a class, call David Cuppy, EMS Education Coordinator, at (218) 632-8738.

Motley Family Center awarded grants

STAPLES — The Staples Motley School District has been awarded two grants for the new Motley Family Center. The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded $50,000 to support the family center renovation and $20,000 was awarded by Bernick’s Family Foundation to purchase indoor playground equipment.

Construction for the Motley Family Center is scheduled to begin this spring and to be completed prior to the school year start on Sept. 4.

Grant funds were sought to complete renovations and purchase equipment the school district would not have been able to on its own. Area preschool families will be invited to a sneak peek of the family center on May 19 at 10:30 a.m.

For questions or more information, contact the Staples Motley School District Office at 894-5400.

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