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Great American Family Circus performance in Nisswa

NISSWA — The Great American Family Circus will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nisswa Community Center, 65628 Main St., Nisswa. Cost: $12, adult; $7, child.

Retirement/breakfast informational seminar planned at Camp Ripley

Tony Wenzel has announced that Camp Ripley will be hosting a retirement/breakfast informational seminar on Wednesday at the new Armory cafeteria at Camp Ripley, beginning with “no brand” coffee being poured at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast/seminar at 9 a.m.

Personnel from St. Paul will be speaking on a variety of topics, including Tri-Care Insurance, Retirement Services, and others on what to do when one’s spouses passes. Local personnel from the VA of Morrison County and our Veterans Cemetery will give updates and concerns.

Those who wish to get an application in at the Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley, bring your DD 214 (proof of active duty), marriage certificate for spouse, fill out a quick application and you are on file. You can also do this at the cemetery itself. A representative from Chip Cravaack’s office will be on the program. A tour of the Environmental Center will be available at the close of the meeting or about 11 a.m.

There is no fee for this seminar but if you want breakfast, the cost is $6. Spouses are also invited and encouraged to attend this seminar. This is a great get-together for retired folks from Camp Ripley who may have questions or concerns. IDs are required for entry at the main gate.

Call Tony Wenzel at (320) 749-2428 or email for more information or to RSVP to breakfast.

HART hosts ‘baby shower’ Sunday

Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) is hosting a “baby shower” for the animals from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at 15494 Dellwood Drive in Baxter.

HART reports it is low on supplies for all of the new “babies” they expect to be coming in this spring and summer. While they are fully stocked on adult cat and dog food, they have nothing in storage for kittens and puppies. For the baby shower, HART will have young puppies and kittens in the lobby for viewing and adoption. This will be a “sneak peak” as many of these animals will be making their first debut for adoption at this event, HART reported.

The animal shelter has a litter of kittens that were born in February that will be shown for the first time at the baby shower.

HART is following with the theme in its lobby decorations, including a baby crib, which will be used to take in donations. HART reports it hopes to have many visitors looking for new pets, and of course hopes to get many donations to help the organization through the summer. Items on HART’s wish list include: dry kitten food, dry puppy food, canned cat food for skinny kittens that need to gain weight, puppy pads and cat litter.

Crosby to conduct mock disaster drill Friday

CROSBY — A mock (prom) disaster drill, with two cars and death and injuries, is planned at 1 p.m. Friday on the West side — bus loop — of the Crosby-Ironton High School, the Crosby Police Department reported.

The drill is for the 11th and 12th grade students and is occurring one day before Crosby-Ironton’s actual prom date Saturday. After the drill, the students will then be going to the auditorium for a post-event presentation which will last about an hour.

Those participating: Crosby student council (actors/actresses), Local fire departments, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center medics/ambulance, state patrol, Crosby Police Department, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department, funeral home.

Weather permitting, a helicopter transport for one student to the CRMC helipad will be part of the mock drill. The entire event should last about 30 minutes.

Essentia Health accepting sneaker donations

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary is collecting clean tennis shoes during the month of April. Your old sneakers are worth more than you think; they become reused as affordable footwear for people in need around the world. Shoes are sent to Green Sneakers, an organization that sends them to third world countries in need of footwear.

Collection sites: Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 523 North Third St., Brainerd; Essentia Health Brainerd Clinic, 2024 South Sixth St., Brainerd; Essentia Health Baxter Clinic, 13060 Isle Dr., Baxter; Essentia Health Crosslake Clinic, 35205 County Road 3, Crosslake; Essentia Health Hackensack Clinic, 110 Third St. South, Hackensack; Essentia Health Pequot Lakes Clinic, 4317 Woodman St., Pequot Lakes; Essentia Health Pierz Clinic, 220 North Main St., Pierz; Essentia Health Pillager Clinic, 680 Pillsbury St. North, Pillager; and Essentia Health Pine River Clinic, 415 Barclay Ave., Pine River.

Accepting only tennis shoe and sneaker type footwear.

All funds raised by this event benefit direct patient care as gifted by the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auxiliary.

Essentia Health hosts diabetes refresher classes May 1

Do you need to update your diabetes care? On May 1, join others in our community who are living with diabetes for “Care for Your Diabetes and Take Control” at either 2-4 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. If you’d like to renew your motivation, refresh your knowledge and take better control of your diabetes health, then this class is for you.

Both classes will be held on May 1 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Thabes 2 meeting room in the lower level of hospital. Individuals are encouraged to registered for one of the classes, whichever is most convenient. Instructors for both classes are Diabetes Resource Program staff Michelle Pelkey, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator; and Lynn Pender, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator.

Advance registration is required and can be done by calling Essentia Health Diabetes Resource Program on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at 855-5285. Cost for the class will be billed to your insurance. Medicare covers two hours of diabetes education per year. People with Medicare are eligible to attend if they have not attended any diabetes education in 2012. Other insurance coverage varies.

The Essentia Health Diabetes Resource Program offers support for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes and individuals interested in or currently using insulin pump therapy.

If you are in need of a one-on-one session with a Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator or Nutrition Educator, call 828-7444 for more information. Visit for a selection of classes facilitated by Essentia Health.

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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