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Ryan selected as Subsection 24 AAA winner

■ Lakewood foundation accepting grant applications

STAPLES — The Lakewood Health System Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for health-related activities benefitting nonprofit organizations.

Deadline for applications to be submitted is March 1.

The Lakewood Health System Foundation offers competitive grant dollars to surrounding communities in an effort to support needed health services, community education and preventative health programs and activities that contribute to the quality of life for the Lakewood Health System five-county service area including Todd, Wadena, Cass, Morrison and portions of Crow Wing counties.

Awarded grant funds will ultimately support the mission of the foundation which is “to provide the opportunity to preserve and enhance health and wellness for the communities we serve.”

The types of projects that fit the foundation’s mission include supporting health care events and wellness programs, as well as funding new technology and equipment.

Examples of past funded projects that were supported include the Crisis Line, Meals on Wheels, oxygen kits for the Staples Police, medical training for rescue staff, stability balls for the Staples Elementary School, spiritual care and grief resources for children, life saving equipment, etc.

The Lakewood Health System Foundation and its donors support the area by awarding grants biannually in March and September. To obtain a grant application and criteria, please contact Heidi Chapman, foundation director at 218-894-8503 or Grant information is also available online at

■ Talk on ‘What is a libertarian?’ set for Jan. 29

STAPLES — What it means to be a libertarian will be the topic of a talk presented by Stan Carlson at Town’s Edge Restaurant in Staples on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. The presentation is sponsored by Crossroads Conservatives.

The event will be a dinner meeting, with the speech to begin as soon as dinners are ordered and served.

The term libertarian has grown from one that was rarely heard or understood, to one that is widely discussed and has advocates on both ends of the political spectrum. Carlson has been a longtime proponent of this political philosophy. There will be ample time for questions following his presentation.

Anyone with questions may call Bruce and Bev Nelsen at 218-296-1373.

■ Ryan Selected as Subsection 24 “AAA” Award winner

Michael Ryan was selected as the Subsection 24 male “AAA” winner last week, Activities Director Marc Helmrichs announced today.

Ryan was selected as the male candidate from Pequot Lakes High School in early January and has recently been selected along with Katianne Brockphaler of Sebeka to represent Subsection 24 at the section level.

Ryan participates in band, cross country, basketball and track/field while carrying a 3.7 grade point average. Ryan has qualified for the state cross country meet the last three years. He plans to attend the University of St. Thomas and major in mechanical engineering. Ryan’s parents are Tom and Theresa Ryan of Pequot Lakes.

The section winners will be announced at a luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Bigwood Convention Center in Fergus Falls. Those winners will then go on to state competition.

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