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Nisswa Women's Club accepting scholarship applications

Civil Service Commission meeting

The city of Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Brainerd City Hall conference room for the purpose of certifying the top three candidates on the Police Officer Eligibility List, consider an amendment to the Police Civil Service Rules to allow for “bumping rights” in the event of layoffs in the police department, and any other business that may properly come before the commission.

Essentia Health National Nutrition Month education

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s— Baxter Clinic is hosting a “Get Your Plate in Shape” workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 8 as part of National Nutrition Month. Cost of the event is $5 with a maximum of $10 per household.

“Get Your Plate in Shape” is the theme for March’s education efforts by the dietitians’ professional association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

As part of National Nutrition Month, Essentia Health dietitians are helping people understand the federal government’s new dietary guidelines and hosting grocery store tours to teach how to read food labels and select heart-healthy foods.

Essentia Health dieticians are also offering free grocery store tours to help teach people to read food labels. The 90-minute tours are offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m., March 6 at the Pequot Lakes Super Valu and 9:30 to 11 a.m., March 30 at the Baxter Cub Foods. The tours are part of a partnership between the Brainerd Lakes Heart and Vascular Center at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and three local grocery stores.

Pre-registration is required for both events, call 828-7650 or register online at

Gazelka sponsors Freedom

to Hunt and Fish Act

The “Freedom to Hunt & Fish Act of 2012,” authored by Senate Assistant Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, passed out of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. In the event of a state government shutdown, Sen. Gazelka’s bill (S.F. 1911) would make game and fish licenses available by electronic transaction.

“The unnecessary government shutdown in 2011 revealed a problem in the DNR fishing licensing process,” Gazelka said. “Minnesotans and folks from out of state were unable to purchase licenses during one of the busiest times of the year resulting in a decline in tourism. Not only were Minnesota hospitality and outdoors businesses negatively impacted but the DNR estimates it lost between $1 million and $3 million in fishing license revenue during the shutdown. This bill allows hunting and fishing licenses to be obtained electronically in the event of a government shutdown.”

Nisswa Women’s Club accepting scholarship applications

The Nisswa Women’s Club will award four $1,500 scholarships to area high school seniors.

Applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher and plan to attend an accredited post-secondary school. They must have lived within the boundaries of the Brainerd or Pequot Lakes High School district and attended either high school for a minimum of three years, and are graduating from either Brainerd or Pequot Lakes High School.

Applications are available from Linda Dockter, Career Center director, Brainerd High School, and Anna Braam, guidance counselor, Pequot Lakes High School. The deadline is March 30.

Scholarships will be awarded at the Senior Recognition Evening and the winners will be presented at the club’s general meeting on May 17.

The scholarships are funded by the annual Nisswa Women’s Club Fashion Show and Luncheon, which will be held May 29 at Madden’s Town Hall. For ticket information contact Elaine Johnson at 831-8622.

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