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Memory loss support and education group to meet

Heritage Network annual open meeting is May 8

CROSBY — The annual meeting of the Cuyuna Range Heritage Network will be at 10 a.m. May 8 in the Network office in the Lower Level of Unity Bank, Crosby. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Network, which has as a primary focus Cuyuna Range history.

Officers of the organization and other volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions. Myrna Nelson is the 2012 president. Steve Blanich is vice president. Shirlee Bengtson is secretary and Cathy Finseth is treasurer.

The Network is working toward the opening of the Soo Line Depot Museum, located behind SuperValu in Crosby for the summer and is always interested in volunteers during open hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cuyuna Range Women’s Club spring luncheon planned

DEERWOOD — The Cuyuna Range Women’s Club will meet for the annual spring luncheon at 1 p.m. Monday at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.

Special music will be provided by students of the Crosby-Ironton High School music department under the direction of Wayne Ellingsen. The program will be given by author Jack Burch. The club will get a sneak preview of the recently written book, “The True Story of Bernard Welch - Master Thief, Ruthless Con Man and Cold-Blooded Killer.” Burch and James King have written the book about Welch, who was called the most prolific burglar of modern time. He eluded

police up and down the East Coast for years, while stealing millions of dollars worth of goods from the elite homeowners of the Washington, D.C., area. We will hear details of Welch’s life from his humble beginnings in upstate New York to the lavish world he created for his family, all financed by his criminal activities. Welch had a summer home in Duluth, where he spent his summers pretending to be a rich antique dealer on vacation while selling the loot from his East Coast robberies. He was finally caught, convicted, imprisoned, escaped and was eventually recaptured.

Burch is a former Minnesota TV newsman. King is a retired Maryland police detective who worked the “Ghost Burglar” case for more than five years. The authors spent five years working on this book.

The luncheon is open to Women’s Club members — past and present — as well as all the women of the Cuyuna Range area. Members are asked to bring a salad and a guest to the luncheon. Hostesses will be the Women’s Club members from Salem Lutheran Church: Carol Haverland, Nancy Latourneau, Lenore McBroom, Myrna Nelson, Darlene Olson, Elsa Ray, Kathryn Schultz, Teddie Skattum and Pat Sylvester.

Memory Loss Support and Education Group to meet May 10

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care (TCHC), Fair Oaks Lodge Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation and the National Alzheimer’s Association will host the next Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers meeting on May 10 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room, located on the lower level of TCHC.

Being a caregiver can be a difficult position. If you are having hard time talking to family or friends about your feelings, you may find that it is easier to express yourself in a support group, where you can be honest with others. Through participation in a support group, you will be better prepared and perhaps feel less overwhelmed as your loved one’s condition becomes worse. You also may be able to find some hope, from seeing that others who have been caring longer have survived the caregiving experience.

Memory Loss Support and Education Group for Caregivers meets the second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at Tri-County Health Care. Visit the front desk for conference room location. Anyone with an interest in understanding more about memory loss is invited to attend. Support group members are not expected to attend every meeting to be part of the group. For more information, contact Brenda Packer at (218) 631-7480.

PACT Classes to

meet in May

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will be offering free wellness classes three Thursdays in May. This month’s class schedule and focuses are:

Stress and Goals on May 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level at Lakewood’s Main Campus.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating on May 17 at 2 p.m. in Classroom B, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.

Getting Active on May 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.

These classes are part of a project called Pursuing Active Change Together (PACT). Through PACT, Lakewood Health System offers education, tips and resources to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention.

Space is limited; pre-registration is appreciated. RSVP at (218) 894-8623. Physician referral is not necessary to attend the class. For more information, please contact Nola Varilek at (218) 894-8586.

Lakewood Health System sponsors and facilitates these and other support groups and educational opportunities free to the public. A listing of support groups and events can be found on the Lakewood Health System website at

Crosslake Chautauqua presents ‘The anatomy of a criminal Prosecution’

At the May Crosslake Chautauqua Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan and Assistant Crow Wing County Attorney David Hemerding will explain the anatomy of a criminal prosecution. Their presentation will begin with an explanation of the duties of a County Attorney and the roles of those involved in the criminal justice system. Then the audience will be guided through the process of how a crime is prosecuted, beginning with the commission of the criminal act and continuing through the appellate process. An actual case will be used so as to provide insight into the way the system works. The play will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 9 at the Crosslake Community Center.

Multiple Sclerosis support group to meet in May

The Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. May 10 in the family room at the Lakewood Health System Senior Campus, 401 Prairie Ave. NE, Staples. Individuals and family members are invited to attend.

Multiple Sclerosis can be quite challenging at times, but through the support offered by Lakewood Health System’s Multiple Sclerosis Mutual Help Group, no one has to face these challenges on their own. The group is facilitated by Angela Anderson.

Contact Angela Anderson at 218-894-8393 for more information.

Sustainable development session coming in May

With assistance from the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships program, central Minnesota residents are working on a plan to improve the region’s economy in a long-term and sustainable way.

The Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan (CMSDP) — informally referred to as the Resilient Region Project — aims to meet the needs of the region through the creation of a community-led comprehensive plan for social, economic and land use vitality. Here’s an update on recent activity:

• The next CMSDP Regional Consortium meeting is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. May 8 at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes. The meeting is open to the public and will feature a discussion of draft recommendations developed by the project’s four work teams over the past 12 months.

• Residents of central Minnesota or those with University-level expertise in sustainable housing, transportation, natural resource or economic are invited to share their interest and expertise development issues, by contacting sustainability coordinator Jean Coleman at for ways to get involved. For more information on CMSDP, visit the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships website at

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