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Area news briefs - March 13

■ CLC Marketing and Public Relations Office receives national awards

Central Lakes College received four awards in this year’s Education Advertising Awards.

The Education Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, nearly 3,000 entries were received from more than one-thousand colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

The CLC Marketing and Public Relations Office received a silver award for a direct mail campaign entry and a silver award for the new Central Lakes College logo. The office also received two merit awards for entries in magazine advertising and imprinted material categories.

The CLC team creating the winning publications are Kenn Dols, marketing and public relations director; and Sasha Smith, graphic design specialist.

■ Pequot Lakes ECFE garage sale needs sellers and buyers

The Pequot Lakes Early Childhood Family Education Advisory Council’s 2nd annual garage sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes.

Buyers and sellers are needed for the fundraiser, which helps the School Readiness program scholarship fund.

You can donate items to sell at the ECFE sales table area. The donated items will be sold by ECFE volunteers. New and gently used clothing items for newborn to youth sizes may be sold at the ECFE Garage Sale. No clothing with stains or holes. Items allowed at the ECFE Garage Sale are baby/child equipment of all kinds, toys, bikes, books, maternity and nursing items, games and more. Do not bring cribs or car seats.

Families can sell items by renting a table or area to set up display racks. A 12-foot by 12-foot area with an 8-foot table can be rented for $25. Each seller is responsible for pricing and selling their own items. Sellers can set up on Friday night from 4-9 p.m. Sales space is limited. To reserve a table to sell your items contact Melissa at 612–483–4881 or by email to

Registration will continue until March 15. Additional tables can be reserved for $10 each. Tables are not guaranteed until your payment is received.

An Admission fee of $2 will be charged at the door on the day of the garage sale. The admission fee will give you an all day pass into the ECFE Garage Sale.

■ Cooking Safely for a Crowd workshop offered

Find out what food safety practices you need to implement when planning, preparing and serving food to a large group with one of the upcoming “Cooking Safely for a Crowd” workshops held on Tuesday, April 16.

One session will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Club of the Pines in Hillman and the other session will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls. Organizations in Morrison and Todd counties will get a reduction in the cost of their Special Events Food License if they attend the workshop.

The cost for the workshop is $15 per person. Pre-registration is required by April 9. Register by sending your name, address, phone number, $15 check payable to University of Minnesota and the organization you will be representing. Mail to: Extension Regional Office, 1424 East College Drive, Suite, 100, Marshall, MN 56115. For additional information or a registration form, contact Connie at 507-337-2819 or

This workshop is a collaboration of the University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Team and the Morrison/Todd County Public Health Departments.

■ Learn history of Northern Pacific in Staples presentation

Author John C. Luecke will give a presentation on the early history of the Northern Pacific Railroad from 2-3 p.m., on Sunday at the historic Staples Depot.

The presentation for adults is sponsored by the Staples Public Library and Staples Historical Society. Luecke is from St. Paul and has written a number of railroad history publications including “The Northern Pacific In Minnesota.” The Northern Pacific was important in the development of the Staples area. The Staples Depot is near the intersection of Hwy. 10 and 210. This presentation is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at 218-894-1401.

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.
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