Weather Forecast


Neighbors briefs - Fed. 6

■ Book sale to benefit Morrison County Animal Humane Society

The Morrison County Animal Humane Society is celebrating ‘I love to read month’ in February by hosting a used book sale from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church (2100 Riverview Drive, behind Falls Furniture) in Little Falls.

The community has generously donated a wide variety of gently used fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books for the event. Prices on all books, including hardcover, are free-will donation.

All proceeds from the sale go directly to the care for the homeless animals of Morrison County. Feel free to bring your own bags or boxes. Last minute donations of books will be accepted through Thursday, and can be dropped off at the shelter located at 200 7th Ave. NE, next to the city of Little Falls office, Tuesday-Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.

For more information call (320)632-0703.

■ Bloodmobile is

coming to Wadena

WADENA — Donors are needed when the Red Cross Bloodmobile is at the VFW Post No. 3922, 213 First St. SE, Wadena, on Feb. 11 from noon to 6 p.m.; and Feb. 12 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. to collect blood.

Bring your Red Cross donor card or a photo ID or two forms of identification. The goals are 105 for Monday and 66 for Tuesday. Double red blood cells will be collected both days.

Anyone who is at least 16 years of age, weighs 110 pounds and is considered to be in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Signed permission slips are needed for 16-year-olds.

Call Sue at 218-631-7990 to make an appointment to give blood, for permission slips or for more information. On the day of the blood drive, call Barb at 218-849-6087.

■ Campbell is 2013 American Honey Princess

The American Beekeeping Federation is proud to announce that Emily Campbell was selected as the 2013 American Honey Princess in January at the North American Beekeeping Conference in Hershey, Penn. Emily is the 19-year-old daughter of Becky Zenke of Aitkin, and of Erich Campbell of Holton, KS, and the granddaughter of Robert and Irma Rom of Aitkin. She is a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, where she is pursuing a degree in large animal veterinary medicine. Emily is a first generation beekeeper, keeping bees as a hobby.

Prior to being selected as the American Honey Princess, Emily served as the 2012 Minnesota Honey Queen. In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.

Emily will spend the next year promoting the beekeeping industry throughout the United States in a wide variety of venues. Polar Pout Plunge 10 has Talent

■ Polar Pout

Plunge 10 event

On Eelpout Thursday night, February 14, from 9 – 10 p.m. at the American Legion in Walker, Pout Plunge 10 will host a free, open-to-the-public karaoke talent contest. Three finalists will be invited to perform on the Pout Plunge stage Eelpout Saturday from 12:45 – 2 p.m.

The Polar Pout Plunge is held on the ice in front of the Chase on the Lake resort.

To participate in the Pout Plunge 10 has Talent contest, be at the American Legion in Walker by 9 p.m. on February 14.

To jump, raise $50 or more for the Walker Area Community Center. Prizes are awarded based on funds submitted at jump registration. Prizes range from t-shirts to jackets to Moondance tickets.

Jumpers may combine into teams of 2-10 to compete for team prizes. Any team that raises $1,000 or more will receive 10 tickets to the Team Appreciation Party which will be held February 22at the Moondance Lazy Moon Backstage Bar. The Team Appreciation Party is an entirely free thank you party. At this event, $1,000 cash will be given away as well as an HD TV, Moondance tickets, vacation stays and more.

Leech Lake Brewing is hosting a party to support their Pout Plunge team on Thursday, February 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The $8 cover charge gets you in the door and includes beer tasting and appetizers. All proceeds will benefit the Walker Area Community Center.

For more information about Polar Pout Plunge 10, Challenge Sponsor money, VIP seats and more visit, email call or text the plunge hotline at 252-3136.

■ Grad Blast Coupon Book Fundraiser

The Aitkin High School GradBLAST committee is participating in Community Days Booklet sales to raise funds for the 2013 Seniors post-graduation activities. GradBlast is an annual lock-in held the evening of graduation as a fun, safe, send-off for graduating seniors. You can participate by making a $5 donation for the purchase of a Community Days booklet. GradBLAST gets 100% of the $5 booklet cost! If you prefer, you can use the following link to purchase coupon booklets online at: . Booklets are shipped to donors free of charge and can be used for most in-store or online purchases at all participating BON TON stores nationwide.

Community Day’s is a two-day shopping event at Brainerd Herberger’s that will be held on March 1 and March 2, 2013.The company has generously created this event to enable non-profit groups and schools to raise money to support their mission.

Booklets are available for purchase from AHS seniors and their parents through February 28, 2013.

For additional booklets, contact Janice Collins, 927-6478 or Shari Tetrick, 927-2291.If you are interested in supporting Grad Blast 2013 with a cash or prize donation or would appreciate to be personally contacted please call Peggy Jones at 927-5686.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889