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Operation Christmas Child collection site will be in Baxter

■ 40 Days for Life campaign will end on Sunday

WALKER — The Walker area’s 40 Days for Life Campaign will come to a close at 1 p.m. Sunday. Interested persons are invited to gather by the white prayer tent in front of the Cass County Courthouse to celebrate. The 2012 Campaign marked the 40th year of legalized abortion in America. The campaign will offer information about Walker’s Pregnancy Resource Center and its services that support families expecting a child as well as providing healing for those with abortions in their past.

More information may be obtained by going to or calling Hannah at 760-4384 or Beth at 770-7621.

■ Habitat for Humanity partner

family applications due by Nov. 9

Applications for potential partner families for Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity are due or to be postmarked by Fri., Nov. 9, at 5 p.m.

Families must be residents of Aitkin County for at least a year, have a housing need, be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity and have the ability to pay a mortgage and utilities.

The next home will be built in Aitkin in 2013.

Mail your applications to Aitkin County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 281, Aitkin, MN 56431, or call 218-927-5656 or email

■ Blood drive opportunity planned

NISSWA — Timberwood Church in Nisswa, together with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday. Donors are desperately needed. If interested, contact Katie at 218-967-8888 or visit and look for the Timberwood Church donation site.

■ Accepting nominations for Court of Honor

CAMP RIPLEY — The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board is now accepting nominations for candidates to be inducted into the Court of Honor Induction Program at Camp Ripley.

Nomination criteria includes: Members of the Minnesota Army National Guard who are officially recognized for acts of valor or heroism at the risk of one’s life while in either state or federal military service or past members of the National Guard who have obtained uncommon prestige as a member and have contributed to the guard over an extended period of time after retirement.

To obtain copies of the nomination forms contact chief warrant officer Dan Bednarek at 320-616-2715 or

Nominations must be received by April 1, 2013. Nominations may be forwarded to the office of the Adjutant General at the following address: Department of Military Affairs, Attention: Chief of Staff Office, 20 12th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55155-2004. Nominations may also be emailed to

Next year’s Court of Honor Induction ceremony will take place Oct. 6, 2013, at Camp Ripley.

For more information on the Court of Honor program contact the Camp Ripley Public Affairs office at 320-616-2714.

■ Cravaack announces mobile offices

U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) announced the locations of mobile offices his staff will conduct throughout the 8th Congressional District on Thursday.

“These mobile offices will provide residents throughout the Eighth District an opportunity to meet with members of my staff and discuss matters that are important to them,” said Cravaack.

Members of the Representative’s staff will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations on Thursday.

• Crosby City Hall — Staff members will be at Crosby City Hall at 2 Second St. from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Nisswa City Hall — Staff members will be at Nisswa City Hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 5442 City Hall St.

Cravaack serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — where he is vice chair of the Aviation Subcommittee — the Homeland Security Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. The 8th Congressional District covers 18 counties in northeast Minnesota.

■ DFL bus tour will stop in Brainerd Sunday

A stop in Brainerd is scheduled for Sunday as part of a five-day DFL bus tour leading up to Election Day. Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will participate in several stops on the tour. Other DFL leaders will also participate in the tour.

The Brainerd stop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at the DFL field office at 715 Charles St.

■ Operation Christmas Child

collection site will be in Baxter

While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Baxter area volunteers with Operation Christmas Child are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. This year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as area businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect more than 7,500 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12 – 19).

Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church. Then the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world.

The Baxter collection site is at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, 6284 Fairview Road. The phone number is 800-353-5949.

Collection hours are:

• Nov 12: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

• Nov 13: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

• Nov 14: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

• Nov 15: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

• Nov 16: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

• Nov 17: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

• Nov 18: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

• Nov 19: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Additional local collection sites may be found using the online Zip Code locator at

In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone — collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993. During that time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries. This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes.

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology to allow participants to “follow” their box to the destination country where it will be given to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the “Follow Your Box” donation form found at

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 612-359-7025 or visit

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