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National American Legion Auxiliary president to be at Nisswa Legion

■ Auxiliary president to be at Nisswa Legion

NISSWA — Peggy Thomas, national American Legion Auxiliary president, will visit eight Minnesota American Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units throughout Minnesota.

On March 5 she will be at the Nisswa American Legion Post No. 627 at 5:30 p.m. for social hour and dinner. The entire American Legion Family is encouraged to attend. All veterans and families are welcome to come and meet her.

Thomas, of Richmond, Va., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 92nd National Convention in Indianapolis.

Thomas, 73, joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her late husband, John C. Thomas, a U.S. Army veteran. Thomas, a 31-year member of the Auxiliary, has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels.

At the national level, she just completed her term as vice president and has served as chairman of many committees.

“My dream for the Auxiliary is to help it grow and flourish,” Thomas told Auxiliary members and convention delegates at her installation speech. “We are members of a very noble and prestigious organization that has made a difference in the lives of many men, women and children for decades.”

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, local American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide.

■ Living Local Expo is April 19 in Crosby

Businesses, nonprofits, women’s home businesses, artists and crafters are being sought for the Living Local Expo which will be conducted from 3 to 7 p.m. April 19 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at the Hallett Center in Crosby.

April 19 activities will include wine tasting and a pampered pet photo contest. Registration for the photo contest is April 19 and voting is April 20. On Saturday, the expo will feature speakers and entertainment.

More information may be obtained by calling 820-0729 or visiting or find “Living Local” on Facebook.

■ Community Ed classes in New York Mills

The following classes will be held in New York Mills this winter/spring.:

■ Putting your garden in, led by community-supported agriculture producer Kathy Connell of Red Fern gardens near Sebeka. The class will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. The fee is $5.

■A roundtable conversation considering questions and answers about end of life will be presented at 7 p.m., Feb. 26 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Panelists will address spiritual, legal, medical, psychological and practical issues that come up when a family member or friend reaches the end of her or his life. The panel includes: Judge Sally Robertson, Wadena County District Court; Pastor Rachel Stout, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church; Diane Leaders, social worker/bereavement coordinator, Legacy Home Health & Hospice Services of Wadena; John Johnson, former funeral director, Johnson Funeral Home; Patrick Kilby, owner, A Simple Pine Box; Karen Weego, hospice nurse; Dr. Ben A. Hess, Tri-County Medical Center.

There is no class fee, but pre-registration is appreciated. Call 218-385-3339.

■ Maple sugar camp will be held at the Bob and Ingrid Sonnenberg farm on the north side of New York Mills on March 23 and 24. It is for anyone interested in learning the traditional process of tapping maple trees and boiling the sap to make maple syrup. The fee $10 and free to students.

■ Winter and spring classes at the Continental Divide Folk School are announced in the class schedule available at the Or call the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center at 218-385-3339.

Other classes scheduled for this spring include weaving using a double heddle loom, mosaic art, and artisan bread baking. Registration is open to everyone.

■ Community Ed classes in Pequot Lakes

Pequot Lakes Community Education will hold two events. Please contact Pequot Lakes Community Education for more information or to register, 218-568-9200.

■ Beginning gardening: How to get started

An easy-going gardening class for someone who has never grown anything, but is ready to try a few veggies or flowers. Class will cover basic tools, simple soil, light and water requirements for success, compost and mulch, fertilizers and bug killers, and how to choose what to plant without spending a fortune. The instructor is Jackie Burkey, certified master gardener.

The class will be held from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Pequot Lakes High School room 109

The fee is $10. A minimum of five registered students is required for it to be held.

■ Super Science Saturday

Children grades third through sixth can pick two of the following science labs: building vehicles in the motion madness, extreme electrical engineering, potions lab, or the aerodynamic lab.

This class will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 in the Pequot Lakes Middle School Science Lab.

The fee is $20 and includes supplies. There is a minimum of 12 students needed for the class to be held.

■ Hackensack Legion Auxiliary Fish Fry

HACKENSACK — Hackensack Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 will conduct a Fish Fry Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. March 8 at the Legion Post. The $9 per person dinner will include fish, coleslaw, calico beans and dinner roll. Free dessert bars will also be available. Proceeds will be used for veterans’, children’s programs and the community,.

■ Moments in Time: Family History Conference

Can you imagine being the father of 37 children? That family fact was one that Morrison County Genealogy Society (MCGS) member Judy Glaze discovered recently while doing research on her third great-grandfather. Johan Melchoir Feil (Filla) and his two wives raised a family of 37 children in Germany.

Similar interesting ancestral facts may come to light for those who make plans now to attend the MCGS Family History Conference, “Moments in Time,” at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls on April 13. Jay Fonkert, a professional researcher, genealogist, and speaker from St. Paul will present three one-hour sessions during the conference.

The conference will run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and costs $20. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Interested persons may get additional information about the conference by contacting John Lauer at, by calling 320-632-2375.

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