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T’ai Chi and Chi Kung

classes offered in Brainerd

Classes in T’ai Chi and the related practice of Chi Kung will be offered this fall by Dan Hegstad of full Circle T’ai chi. Classes will be conducted Monday nights at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center on South Sixth Street. Information and registration is available online at Preregistration is requested, but not required. Students may pay online or at the first class.

Chi Kung in Ten Gestures is the class for most people as it uses the gentle, meditative movements of T’ai Chi in a simple, follow-along form. Chi Kung in Ten Gestures meets for two weeks from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a new class starts every other Monday. The $40 registration fee includes a DVD of what is covered in class. For those who can not attend the class, the DVD, Chi Kung in Ten Gestures is available at CatTales on Laurel St. downtown Brainerd.

Full Form T’ai Chi is an ongoing class teaching the 88 movements of the New China Form. Class is Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This is for people who want to learn the entire T’ai Chi form including history, philosophy and much more. The class is $40 per month and will meet from October through April.

Hegstad is also teaching An Introduction To T’ai Chi and Chi Kung through ISD 181 Community Education on Sept. 24. This class offers an overview of T’ai Chi and Chi Kung in one night. Please see the Community Ed guide, visit their website or call them at 454-6924.

TV host to serve as Aitkin fish house parade grand marshall

AITKIN — Jason Davis, host and producer of the TV show “On The Road with Jason Davis” which airs on KSTP TV, will be the grand marshal for the 22nd annual parade Nov. 23 in Aitkin.

The Fish House Parade is an annual tradition that celebrates the coming of Minnesota’s longest season — winter. The unconventional parade takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving in downtown Aitkin. Organizers said it was spawned from a keen sense of humor and long Minnesota winters, Aitkin reported. The parade consists of ice-fishing houses loaded on trailers, in pickup truck boxes, or other means of conveyance paraded down the main street on their way to the 365 frozen lakes surrounding the rural Minnesota community of Aitkin.

“The catch is, these ice houses are decorated in wacky and outrageous manners, with the goal of each fisherman trying to be more extreme and humorous than the next,” Aitkin reported.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. The event includes live music, food, craft sale, retail promotions, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. For more information about the Aitkin Fish House Parade, contact Kelly Simons, parade chairperson, at or by phone at 218-839-9484.

VA offers flu vaccinations to eligible veterans and spouses

To keep veterans healthy during the flu season, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System has scheduled several flu shot clinics this fall. Flu shots for Veterans enrolled with the VA are free and an appointment is not necessary. The flu shots will be available locally at the Brainerd CBOC, located at 722 N.W. Seventh St., Brainerd, on Oct. 3, 11 and 19, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. each day.

Spouses, significant others, caregivers and veterans who are not enrolled for health care with the VA can also receive a seasonal flu shot at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center location only. A fee of $29 is required and may be paid in cash or billed to the individual’s health insurance. Spouses, significant others, caregivers and non-enrolled Veterans should bring their insurance or Medicare card to the clinic.

All Veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA health care system. For information on enrolling for VA health care, contact the St. Cloud VA HCS Eligibility Office at 320-255-6340.

Further updates to the flu shot program at the St. Cloud VA will be announced on the flu shot information line: 320-255-6444.

Brainerd Cable TV Advisory Committee to meet

The Brainerd Cable TV Advisory Committee will meet 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 501 Laurel St., Brainerd.

Farmers Union annual

convention to be held

The Crow Wing County Farmers Union annual convention will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Borden Farm Market, 24966 Old Mill Road, Merrifield. Hosts will be Win Borden and JR Duncan.

Minnesota Farmers Union Membership director Bruce Miller will be the guest speaker. Officers will be elected. Delegates to the state convention selected and resolutions adopted.

Lunch will be provided. For more information contact Crow Wing County president John Borden at 765-3432.

Flu shot clinic in Emily planned

EMILY — A second influenza shot clinic will be conducted from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Emily City Hall for eligible people ages 10 and older.

Prevention is the No. 1 weapon against the influenza virus. Most insurance plans can be billed. There are no charges for Medicare patients.

Cost will be $27 without insurance.

For more information, contact 829-0347.

Wadena wellness center

awarded grant from state

WADENA — Plans for a 50,000-square-foot public health and wellness center in Wadena were among the projects awarded grants Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The city of Wadena requested funds to design, construct and furnish the center to replace facilities destroyed in the June 2010 tornado. The project will create about 100 construction jobs and 10 new full-time equivalent jobs. The total project cost is $10 million and the total DEED award would be $4.2 million.

DEED awarded a total of $47.5 million in competitive business development grants that will fund nine economic development projects statewide.

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