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Parliamentary Procedure seminar scheduled for February

■ History instructor

to present program

on Lincoln

Bob Brekken, a history instructor at Central Lakes College (CLC), on Tuesday, Feb. 5 will present “Abraham Lincoln: How He Became America’s Greatest Politician” sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) in Brainerd.

Brekken’s program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Business and Industry Center of the Brainerd campus will examine the changes that took place in Lincoln’s successful resolution of the Civil War and abolition of slavery, as depicted in the popular Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln.”

“No issue tested American politicians from the founding of the nation more than the institution of slavery,” said Brekken. “We will examine the changes that took place in Lincoln’s understanding of this issue, and how he used his political skills to end slavery and preserve the Union.”

Brekken attended CLC when it was Brainerd Junior College, and he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College and his MA in history from the University of Minnesota. He has been a full-time instructor at CLC since 2006 and was an adjunct for two years before that.

The program is free to CLL members and $6 for nonmembers. Phone registrations are accepted with a personal debit/credit card at 218-855-8142 or 1-800-933-0346, Ext. 8142.

Online registration can be accomplished at and clicking on courses.

For more information, email to

■ Aitkin County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has record year

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Aitkin County during this past holiday season took in the highest amount that has ever been donated to the cause in Aitkin County.

This past year over $15,000 was donated by the generous people who live and do business in Aitkin County. That amount includes very generous donations of $1,000 by both the Tamarack Snoflyers and the McGregor Lions Club.

Also, for the second year in a row, a mysterious and very generous donator put a Canadian $50 Gold Coin in the Red Kettle at Shopko in Aitkin. This will push the record setting the total even higher. Last year a similar coin, also dropped in the Red Kettle at that location, brought in nearly $1,500 for the Red Kettle cause.

“Phenomenal!” is how local Salvation Army Chairperson Julie Lueck described the generosity that was observed this year during the fundraising campaign. The money raised in Aitkin County during this Red Kettle Campaign is what is used in the local Salvation Army to help people in Aitkin County throughout the year. Along with the normal assistance that the local Salvation Army provides, money from last year’s Red Kettle Campaign was used to help people affected by the flooding this past summer.

■ ‘Minnesota Railroad’ author

to speak Thursday

at library

Minnesota author Steve Glischinski will be in Brainerd Thursday for a book event for his new book “Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012” (University of Minnesota Press).

The author, who lives in Shoreview, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brained Public Library at 416 S. Fifth St. Glischinski began taking photographs of railroads in 1970, at the age of 13. He is a correspondent for Trains Magazine and organizes railroad photography charter trips and the RailFan Weekend at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

His illustrated volume traces Minnesota railroads from the end of the steam locomotive and luxury passenger lines era to reemergence of railroads as a profitable transportation industry.

■ Seasonal flu shot clinic planned

Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division will offer a seasonal flu shot clinic from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division, 204 Laurel Street, Suite 12, Brainerd.

This clinic is open to anyone ages 6 months or older who is uninsured or underinsured without an appointment.

Cost is $5 for children ages 6 months to 18 years who are uninsured or underinsured and $10 for those 19 years and older who are uninsured or underinsured, however, supplies are very limited. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

For more information call the Crow Wing County 24-hour flu hotline at 822-7022 or call 824-1098 or visit

■ Super Bowl brings super traffic concerns

BAXTER — Minnesota traffic safety officials are concerned about the safety of motorists during the Super Bowl weekend, especially on Feb. 3.

According to Minnesota Department of Public Safety records it is noted that during Super Bowl weekends 2008 – 2012, there were at least nine traffic deaths and at least 1,101 motorists arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). At least one of the nine deaths was alcohol related. Tragedies like these are avoidable, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Sgt. Curt Mowers, regional public information officer with the Minnesota State Patrol said: “You can also expect numerous law enforcement agencies along with the state patrol to have extra DWI patrols out on the roads in some regions of the state, diligently searching for impaired drivers during Super Bowl weekend, so plan ahead for that safe ride home.”

Mowers said: “Due to the extra amount of traffic from Super Bowl parties and the added element of alcohol, we are treating the Super Bowl like other special big events or holidays when it comes to educating the public about planning ahead not to drink and drive, and to solicit safe rides home in advance. There are plenty of other options out there and all of them are better than driving impaired. We are going to continue working together to help make drunk driving socially unacceptable in Minnesota.”

All motorists are being urged to slow down, buckle up, drive sober, pay attention, drive to the existing conditions and report impaired drivers, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

■ Parliamentary Procedure seminar scheduled for February

LITTLE FALLS — Humorous Toastmasters Club of Little Falls will conduct a Parliamentary Procedure seminar in February.

Rules of order are part of the culture of most organizations, making the ability to apply parliamentary procedures a valuable skill, club officials said. Interested persons may learn and practice participating in and leading parliamentary discussions.

Rich Andresen, longtime Toastmaster, will conduct a seminar on Parliamentary Procedure from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 20. Topics include presenting and discussing motions, learning subsidiary motions, and handling privileged motions. The seminar will include a presentation in five 15-minute group exercises. Learn by doing in a supportive environment sponsored by the Humorous Toastmasters Club at Unity Specialty Center, located on the back of St. Gabriel’s Hospital, south of the intersection between Third St SE and Eighth Ave SE in Little Falls. RSVP Andresen at 763-232-3777 or, so that the group will have enough materials for the event. Additional details are also available at:

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

■ Lindbergh trails night Feb. 15

Charles Lindbergh State Park Candlelight Trails Night will be 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Participants can ski, snowshoe or hike 1.4 miles of trails with candle luminaries set along the way to guide their path. Afterwards, visitors can relax in a 1938 wood-heated log-cabin style shelter building.

Snowshoe rentals and vehicle permits are available at the park office.

A Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit is required to enter the park ($5/day or $25/year), but no additional charges or registration is necessary to participate in this event.

In case of bad weather a message will be left on the park’s answering machine stating if the event will be cancelled.

Please call the park at 320-616-2525 for more event or area ski rental information. The park is located at 1615 Lindbergh Dr. S., on the southwest side of Little Falls.

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