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Prostate cancer support group to meet

Pequot Lakes all-class reunion

PEQUOT LAKES — The 39th annual all-class reunion will be Aug. 4-5 in Pequot Lakes. Classes will be holding their individual reunions on that Saturday evening with an informal gathering afterward at the Pequot Lakes Legion Club.

On Aug. 5, the all-class gathering begins at noon at the high school with registration and socializing, followed by potluck luncheon and business meeting. All former students, graduates, and faculty are invited to attend. The 50-year class of 1962 will be honored at the meeting.

Notices will be mailed to out-of-town alumni the end of this month. For further details, or to help with planning, call any of the officers, Betty Simenstad, Linda Brandon, Don Tepfer or Kathleen Tusa.

Free trees to be distributed in Garrison

GARRISON — The Garrison Lions are working with the Department of Natural Resources and are giving away 500 free oak and pine seedlings in conjunction with Arbor Day. These can be picked up at the Garrison VFW parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Instructions for the plantings will be provided, and children are encouraged to work with this project and enjoy the magic of planting and seeing the trees in the future.

The Garrison Lions will also be serving hot dogs, brats, chips, and pop. All proceeds from this event will be used for community needs.

Agate and Mineral Show planned

AITKIN — The Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society will be hosting the Agate & Mineral Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 at the Aitkin High School on Highway 210.

In addition to agates and minerals from around the world, there will be a variety of offerings such as polished specimens, fossils, jewelry and gifts by more than 50 vendors from throughout the state. Special displays and demonstrations will be on-going throughout the day. There will be a special Kid’s Korner where children may dig for fossils and agates. In addition, a big tailgating section will be set up in the parking lot for buying, selling and trading your best stones.

Bring the family and learn about how to identify agates, cut and polish your finds, and the equipment used to turn rocks into gems.

Free admission, plus free entry for half-hourly door prize drawings and concessions on site.

Vendors may reserve space by calling Tom Bebeau (218) 820-0758 or email Marg Jensen at

I CAN Prevent Diabetes program

CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education is offering the I CAN Prevent Diabetes (Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes) program at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby. I CAN Prevent Diabetes is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people with pre-diabetes or those with at least two risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, or a family history of diabetes.

The first session of the program will be from 4-5 p.m. May 10 at CRMC in the Ambulatory Services Conference Room. Additional sessions will be held Thursday evenings at the same time and location with new topics discussed each week. The last session is Aug. 23.

Throughout the program, participants will meet in a group-based setting and learn how to change lifestyle habits in an effort to prevent diabetes. Weigh-ins will be held each week to track progress and trained lifestyle coaches will help participants lose weight, increase physical activity and develop healthier eating habits.

The I CAN Prevent Diabetes program at CRMC is open to the public and requires a $144 registration fee to participate in the entire 16-week program. Registration forms can be obtained online at or by calling CRMC Diabetes Education at (218) 545-4448.

Grief Support Group to meet May 1

WADENA —Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will host its monthly grief support group Tuesday. The meeting will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room, located in the lower level of Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.

The group will be doing their annual balloon release at the conclusion of the May meeting in the Wesley parking lot.

Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to the support group. The group’s purpose is to offer understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship and, most of all, hope to bereaved adults. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Tri-County Health Care’s Social Services Staff, Jenny Doll or Sara Stone, at (218) 631-5228.

Tri-County Health Care offers free infant massage class

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care is offering an infant massage class for parents and babies called “Infant Massage – For a Better Beginning.” The May class will be held May 3, 10 and 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Courtyard Conference Room. The classes are free of charge. Infant massage classes will also be held the first three Thursdays in July, September and November 2012.

The instructor is massage therapist Carla Johnson who is nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is a certified educator of infant massage through Infant Massage USA.

The classes focus on the instruction of massage techniques for mother, father and/or support person on their newborn to pre-crawling infant. Classes will also include theory and practicum of infant massages how to deal with special problems such as colic, gas or constipation and individualized help.

The infant massage classes are free; however pre-registration is required by calling Salli Crawford at (218) 631-7487 or by clicking on the Infant Massage link on the Tri-County Health Care website at

Us TOO prostate cancer support group to meet

CROSBY — Adult and Pediatric Urology (APU) in partnership with Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Riverwood Healthcare Center will host an Us TOO prostate cancer support group meeting on May 10 in Crosby. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center at Heartwood Senior Living Community, 500 Heartwood Drive, Crosby.

The Aitkin-Crosby Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group is part of the international Us TOO organization that helps men and their families with free information, materials and peer-to-peer support so they can make informed choices on detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship. Cindy Hauser, local APU nurse practitioner who cares for urology patients in Aitkin and Crosby, is facilitating the support group. An educational presentation will be led by Dr. Shawn McGee, APU urologist who also cares for patients in Aitkin and Crosby. In addition to the presentation, there will be time for voluntary individual introductions, sharing and a question-and-answer period. Spouses and partners of prostate cancer patients are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is not required to attend the May 10 Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting. Contact Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Education Department at (218) 546-2342 or for more information.

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