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WDC National Honor Society organizes

WDC National Honor Society organizes

blood drive

WADENA — Wadena-Deer Creek High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) conducted a blood drive March 8, where students and staff donated blood to help save lives.

According to NHS member Breanna Speed, who coordinated the blood drive as her community project, NHS had a great response with more than 40 students and staff giving blood.

“Many of our donors were students, so I was pleased to see our students step up and donate,” said Speed, a WDC senior.

The American Red Cross set up their mobile site in the Auditorium Gym at WDC Elementary, taking donations throughout the school day. The WDC NHS is made up of juniors and seniors. Rachel Bounds serves as NHS adviser.

NHS is an organization at WDC that recognizes honor-roll students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. NHS also challenges students to develop further active involvement in school activities and community service.

Grant helps build new Staples Motley Family Center

The Bernick Family Foundation announced recently that it awarded more than $221,000 in grants to the community through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. One of the grants will help build a new family center designed to increase school readiness in the Staples-Motley area.

The Staples Motley School District received $20,000 to create a gross motor room to provide young are children an environment where they can play and grow. The room will include an indoor playground, climbing equipment, and other large muscle equipment — such as large wheel toys, pull toys, rocking boats and other learning toys. This room is part of a large family center that is being developed to provide more preschool options and an expanded after-school program for elementary students.

This project aims to address a lack of school readiness. About 50 percent of Minnesota preschoolers do not have the school readiness skills to fully succeed in kindergarten, and this is particularly true in low-income communities like Motley.

“It is grants like these that are truly changing our community for the better,” said Steve Joul, president of the Community Foundation. “We’ve seen the impact of projects like these in other communities and look forward to seeing results in the Staples-Motley area.”

Another grant for $7,500 to the Kinship Partners in Brainerd will allow the organization to expand its mentoring program to provide additional one-on-one support for at-risk youth.

EMS education classes offered

WADENA — Tri-County Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department offers a variety of classes in March. Classes offered are:

Heartsaver CPR and First Aid (Community Class), from 4-6 p.m. (First Aid) and 6-10 p.m. (CPR) March 28; and Health Care Provider CPR from 12:30-4:30 p.m. March 21.

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 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.

Health Care Provider CPR classes are for health care providers needing certification. Skills are taught for victims of all ages. Upon completion of the four-hour course, you will be certified for two years through the American Heart Association. Cost is $50.

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.

Sylvan Township to celebrate Centennial

A century and more will be celebrated this summer. Sylvan Township in southern Cass County turns 100 this year, and will mark the anniversary with community events at the Sylvan Town Hall and Pillager Fairgrounds Community Center on June 9.

Beginning at 10 a.m. June 9, Centennial activities include geo-caching at historic sites, kite-making and kite-flying for kids, family heritage and history displays, horse-drawn rides, vintage tractors, motors and cars and games for kids. Commemorative T-shirts will be available to purchase. Guest speakers include an archeologist, historians and story tellers.

A Centennial book is being planned. If you have information, family or business history, or historic photos, they can be included if information is delivered to the Sylvan Town Hall by April 1. Story boards will also be available for displays.

For more information, contact Sylvan Township, (218) 746-3652, or email

Youth dance planned in Crosby

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Range Youth Center will have a dance from 7-11 p.m. April 6 with a lock-in to follow until 6 a.m. Only youth with permission slips will be admitted for the lock-in. Any questions regarding the dance, lock-in or permission slips, call Leona at 546-5744 or (218) 851-4765.

Mammo Party to be held at Lakewood

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System is offering women a unique way to make annual mammography screening less of a chore and more, well, like a party.

The Mammo Party will be held at Lakewood’s Main Campus east Staples from 1-7 p.m. on March 26. The party will include paraffin wax hand dips, massages, treats and prizes.

Women who want to schedule a mammogram during one of the Mammo Party times should call (218) 898-PINK (7465).

Heartland Cable Commission

to award scholarships

The Heartland Cable Commission, serving the cities of Breezy Point, Jenkins and Pequot Lakes, together with Jenkins and Pelican townships, will award four post-secondary education scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each to traditional, home-schooled and non-traditional students who reside within the Heartland service area.

Scholarship grant applications and rules are available at Brainerd High School, Pequot Lakes High School, Pine River High School and Central Lakes College.

Applications must be returned to the school office or directly to the commission by April 16 and scholarship winners will be announced in May.

Community is invited to take a ‘Pregnant Pause’

STAPLES — Pregnant women, women thinking about getting pregnant, spouses, partners, friends, family and other supportive community members are invited to take a ‘Pregnant Pause’ from 1-3 p.m. on March 24 in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood Health System;s Main Campus.

Pregnant Pause is an event that brings awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is sponsored by Lakewood Health System, Staples Rotary and MOFAS.

The event is free and participants will enjoy samples of non-alcoholic beverages and food will be served. Participants will also have the opportunity to make unique crafts and enjoy other fun activities. Registered attendees will receive free baby gifts and have a chance to win other great door prizes.

To register, contact Kelly Riepe at (218)894-8336.

Great Decisions will be at Heartwood Senior Community

Session 2: Great Decisions will be at Heartwood Senior Community from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Monday to discuss the differing visions of how the U.S. as a democracy should relate to other countries.

Participation by all attendees supported by opinions of experts will provide stimulating discussion of these questions.

Lunch (optional) may be ordered at Heartwood before 11 a.m. Great Decisions Cayuna Lakes is an eight session Foreign Policy series with discussions based on readings and DVD’s produced by the Foreign Policy Association in Washington D.C. and sponsored by the Minnesota International Center UMN and Unlimited Learning.

Annual memberships are $35 for singles, $45 for families. Unlimited Learning members receive a $5 discount. Call Bill Ingvoldstad for more information (218) 963-3829.

Students perform in junior music festival

PEQUOT LAKES — A total of 191 students recently participated in the 32nd annual Junior Music Festival at the Pequot Lakes School District.

Established by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Junior Festival program is for students 18 years of age and younger who study with a qualified teacher who is a member of the Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs. Students prepare one piece from a required list of American composers and one of their own choosing. Students may work toward a gold cup, earning points on the basis of performance. A maximum of 5 points is given for a superior performance and 15 points are required to earn a gold cup, 30 for the second, and 45 for the


Renee Anderson, Pequot Lakes, is the festival chairperson and the judges were Andrea Bessnett, Don Jackson, Cheryl Karlgaard, Heather Larson and Cathy Taylor.

The following are the results:

In Nancy Albertson’s class students who earned Superior were Nathan Anderson, Britta Bittner, Erin Brine-Doyle, Jackie Brine-Doyle, Greta Harmala, Hannah Kile, Alli Miska and Karli Skog. The Gold cup recipients, first gold cup, were Alli Miska and Karli Skog.

Renee Anderson’s class students who earned Superior were Austin Evenson, Erin Fisker, Alexa Fyle, Luke Fyle, Jack Gangl, Luke Gangl, Adelaide Pierson and Rylie Young. Earning “Excellent” were Elizabeth Ciesluk, Jesse Engen, Nessa Engen, Bridget Erickson, Quintin Lubke and Emma PItzl. Earning “Very Good” were Dirk Henry.

Gold cup recipient was Nessa Engen and Second gold cup was Bridget Erickson.

Lila Clarke’s class who earned Superior were Madelynn Gibbons, Jennifer North, Dani Peterson, Laura Platt,

Jadyn Selisker, Ava Thompson and Isabel Thompson; “Excellent,” Alejandro Thompson; Gold cup recipients, Dani Peterson and Laura Platt.

Kara Craine’s class who earned Superior were Lydia Gazelka, Joshua Hankel, Liberty Hansen, Trinity Hansen,

Emma Hopman, Tori Neff, James Thompson, Margaret Thompson, Thomas Thompson and Madison Trowbridge;

“Excellent,” Isabella Richmond and Ellie Trowbridge; Gold cup recipients, Lydia Gazelka, Joshua Hankel and Emma Hopman; and third gold cup, Margaret Thompson.

Pat Dullum’s class who earned Superior were Jaden Lindner and Caitlin Murray; and “Excellent,” Cheyenne Wilson.

Rebecca Gordan’s class who earned Superior were Emily Birchem, Melina Birchem, Olivia Birchem, Jacob Butcher, Sevanah Butcher, Anna Felthouse, Veronica Hulke, Jacque Norman, Karl Satterlund and David Schroeder; “Excellent,” Isaac Birchem and Arielle Roubal; Gold cup recipients, Emily Birchem, Jacob Butcher, Jacque Norman and David Schroederl; Second gold cup, Isaac Birchem and Karl Satterlund.

Sue Kavanaugh’s class who earned Superior were Abigail Bjorlo, Bethany Bjorlo, Caleb Bjorlo, Rebekah Bjorlo,

Lauren Forsythe, Hannah Kennedy, Matthew Majerle, Aubri Metz, Mary Moore, Katie Morford, Alexander Rice, Allison Rice, Anthony Rice, Dean Root, Deanna Root, Morgan Schmidt, Caitlin Steffen, Morgan Steffen, Hanna Swanson, Jamie Wallace, Julia Wallace, Cassandra Weyaus and Maxwell Wheeler; “Excellent,” Tristan Kavanaugh and Megan Rodgers; Gold cup recipients, Anthony Rice, Caitlin Steffen, Morgan Steffen and Maxwell Wheeler; third gold cup, Rebekah Bjorlo.

Teresa Kingsley’s class who earned Superior were Emma Ferrie, Elizabeth Joque, David Kelm, Tennyson Kelm, Gabe Maurer, Preston Owen, Autumn Paulus, Sean Paulus, Lauren Reed, Bailee Sjoblom and Kailee Sjoblom; “Excellent,” McKenzie Sjoblom; Gold cup recipients, Gabe Maurer and Lauren Reed.

Carolyn Nygard’s class who earned Superior were Madi Carley, Emily Danielson, Leah Danielson, Haley Griggs, Josiah Klang, Amanda Kunde, Lydia Larson, Andrew Muesing, Jennifer Muesing, Isabelle Olson, Wyatt Steinke, Ethan Strong Samantha Strong, Matthew Thompson and Sara Wennerstrand; “Excellent,” Jed Klang and Luke Lundstrom; Gold Cup recipients, Madi Carley, Leah Danielson and Lydia Larson; third gold cups, Jennifer Muesing, Wyatt Steinke and Sara Wennerstrand.

Harriet Piehl’s student Maria Bell earned Superior.

Sara Porter’s student Alex Morford earned Superior and first gold cup.

Elizabeth Schwanke’s class who earned Superior were Parker Freeman, Jordan Higgins, Sarah Nesheim and Abby Rubado; “Excellent,” Abby Schreier; “Very Good,” David-Paul Heinecke.

Julie Schreifels’ class who earned Superior were Lauren Benson, Megan Hensel, Taylor Larson, Alexis Menghini, Luke Meyer and Sophia Urbaniak; “Excellent,” Grace Aadland, Noah Joque and Anna Streed.

Trena Boone’s class who earned Superior were A.C. Borowicz, Lynne Borowicz, Sam Borowicz, Taylor Borowicz,

Brant Dabill Alycia Goode, Jennifer Hendrickson, Gunnar Niemeyer, Devin Rudolph, Laura Smith, Rebecca Smith, Anja Storbakken, Emma Storbakken, Grace Sundberg, Abby Thom, Jacob Beckmann and Emma Bestul. Earning “Excellent” was Grace Riedel; “Very Good,” Meagan Tollefson and Micah Wood; Gold cup recipients, Taylor Borowicz, Brant Dabill, Devin Rudolph and Meagan Tollefson and Emma Bestul; and second gold cup, Jennifer Hendrickson.

Cathy Taylor’s class who earned Superior were Anne Campion, Caitlyn Carkhuff, Mackenzie Dondelinger, Alli

Krantz, Garrett Krantz, Nick Krantz, Kate Kurtzman, Libby Kurtzman, Jonathan Larson, Taylor Leas, Lily Loschko, Rose Loschko, Aaron Nibbe, David Nibbe, Maren Pelowski, Riley Pelowski, Harry Seymour, Magali Seymour, Nick Whiteman and Sara Whiteman; “Excellent,” Ellie Jensen, Abby Pelowski and Erika Schwalbe; “Very Good,” Madison Leas; Gold cup recipients, Alli Krantz and Lily Loschko; second gold cup, Aaron Nibbe and Maren Pelowski.

Lisa Walker’s class who earned Superior were Brianna Adkins, Olivia Adkins, Montanna Aragon, Anna Downie,

Elizabeth Downie, Cameron Gearns, Abby Grider, Molly Grider, Megan Mestuzzi, Monte Scott, Ellie Smith, Tanner Smith, Clayton Taylor, Nikita VanHeerden and Tyler VanHeerden; “Excellent,” Amber Burtard, Josey Grider, Rachel Kline, Stephanie Malecha and Kira Taylor; Gold cup recipients, Abby Grider, Josey Grider, Stephanie Malecha and Ellie Smith; second gold cup, Rachel Kline.

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