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Local news briefs - Aug. 31

Dorinda Hamilton open house canceled

The open house for Dorinda Hamilton has been canceled due to her illness. The open house had been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1.

55+ driver improvement program offered

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 5-6 (8 hr. first time course), Crosslake Community Center/Community Ed, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake; 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 6 (4 hr. refresher), Crosby-Ironton Senior High/Community Ed, 711 Poplar St., Crosby; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 (4 hr. refresher course), Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Road W., Baxter; from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 24 (4 hr. refresher), Pequot Lakes School/Community Ed, 30805 Olson St., Pequot Lakes; from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 25 (4 hr. refresher), NJPA-National Joint Powers Alliance, 202 12th St. NE, Staples; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 (4 hr. refresher), Hallett Community Center, 470 Eighth St. NE, Crosby.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. A MN Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class.

By using the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology.

The fee for the four hour refresher course is $20 and the eight hour course is $24.

For more information or to register, visit our website at or call 888-234-1294.

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law.

First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Brainerd VA clinic to close for holiday

St. Cloud Veterans Administration Health Care System outpatient clinics and administrative offices, including Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Brainerd, Montevideo and Alexandria, will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day, a federal holiday.

The Urgent Care Clinic at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center will be open. Hours of operation for the Urgent Care Clinic are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, including federal holidays.

Ward lists information on STEM program

With the start of the school year right around the corner, State Rep. John Ward (DFL – Baxter) is informing constituents about an educational opportunity for area educators and businesses.

The Minnesota High Tech Association and the Minnesota Department of Education have partnered to launch a new version of the popular getSTEM-mn ( web portal to connect STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educators and area businesses.

These classroom connections will help students get excited about and excel in science, technology, engineering and math.

“For Minnesota to be economically successful, we need a high-quality and technologically advanced workforce,” said Rep. Ward. “The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce says in just six years, 70 percent of Minnesota jobs will require some level of college, and they forecasted 188,000 new jobs in STEM related fields.”

Minnesota educators may ask for assistance with STEM education classroom projects. Similarly, businesses can offer everything from STEM equipment to expertise.

These connections are intended to augment ongoing classroom learning and demonstrate the real-life applications of geometry theorems, physics experiments and chemistry formulas.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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