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Ruud co-authors bill to promote Minnesota tourism

■ Clinic schedules and program information

Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division currently provides immunizations to people who are uninsured or underinsured. For children 18 years and younger the cost is $5 per shot and for adults 19 years or older the cost is $10 per shot. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Shingles vaccine is now available for uninsured or under insured adults age 60 or older. Immunization Clinics are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 8:15 am. to 4:15 p.m. by appointment at the Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division office, 204 Laurel Street, Suite 12, Brainerd. A parent or legal guardian with an immunization record must accompany each child under the age of 18. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Margie at 824-1098 or 824-1080.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). This program provides nutrition education, referrals to medical providers and benefits for specific foods for pregnant, post-partum and breast-feeding women, infants, and children up to age 5. Clinics are held at the Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division office in Brainerd and once a month at Heartwood in Crosby. WIC has generous income guidelines. To inquire or make an appointment, call the Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division at 824-1073, toll free at 877-724-1080.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening – SAGE/Komen is a grant that will pay for an annual exam, Pap smear and mammogram for women over 40 who meet generous income guidelines. If you have insurance that covers this procedure but you have a deductible, SAGE/Komen may pay the deductible. Call Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division for details at 824-1080 or Mary at 824-1086.

For more information on these programs or on other programs available, please visit the Crow Wing County Website at

■ Bites for Lights

program a success

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department, in cooperation with Sunrise Sertoma of Brainerd, and Kenwood Recycling, collected 4,345 pounds of unneeded Christmas lights and extension cords throughout Crow Wing County in 2012, making this the most successful season for the “Bites for Lights” program.

The copper found in the old extension cords and Christmas lights is recycled through Kenwood Enterprises, keeping these materials out of the county landfill.

“The money raised through this program is used to help purchase meals at soup kitchens and local food shelves in the Brainerd lakes Area,” said Jeff Hilborn of Sunrise Sertoma.

The following groups participated in the program by allowing recycled containers at the business:

Ace Hardware, Brainerd Carlson Hardware, Nisswa CTC, Baxter/Brainerd Crosby-Ironton Courier, Crosby Crosslake Ace Hardware, Crosslake Northland Arboretum, Crow Wing County, MMFCU Baxter/Brainerd, Riverwood Bank Baxter, Emily Ace Hardware, Emily, Pequot Lakes Area Chamber, Pequot Lakes Highway 25 Liquors, Brainerd.

■ Center for Lifelong Learning hosts balloon science program

The Center for Lifelong Learning will host “Balloon Science: Real-World Applications” from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., on Feb. 26 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, E 203.

Jim Reed and Cory Olson, teachers who implemented this project with an after-school club, will tell how the students research, launch the balloon and interpret results using science, technology, engineering and math skills. They will also show some of the photos captured during the flight and explain the study involved, as well as the results of various experiments.

Admission free to its members and $6 for non-members. Phone registrations are accepted with a debit/credit card. Call 218-855-8142 or 1-800-933-0346, ext.8142. Online registration: and click on “courses.”

■ Backus Al-Anon

meeting planned

BACKUS — An Al-Anon meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Backus.

■ Pequot Lakes Legion Mardi Gras party planned

PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes Legion will have a Mardi Gras party Big Easy style on Feb. 23. They will serve New Orleans Style Gumbo ($4) from 5-7 p.m. Sideways Entertainment will present karaoke at 7 p.m. There will be drink specials, costume contests and prizes. Wear your purple, green and gold. Call with questions at 218-562-9881.

■ Ruud co-authors bill to promote Minnesota tourism

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, has co-authored a bill to dedicate existing motor vehicle rental tax money to Explore Minnesota Tourism.

The car rental tax was put into place in 1992 when Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl. Currently motor vehicle rental tax money is deposited into the general fund; this proposal would return it to its original purpose of promoting tourism.

“The tourism industry is very important to Senate District 10, accounting for over 4,000 jobs in the district,” Ruud said in a statement. “Not only will this funding help the existing tourism industry in the district, it will help grow the industry. With an unemployment rate above 8% the district could use this help.”

Sen. Ruud encourages constituents to contact her Capitol office at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, State Office Building, Room 25 St. Paul, MN 55155, by phone at 651-296-4913, or via email at

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