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CLC Books for Africa donation

■ CLC Books for Africa donation

Library staff at Central Lakes College Brainerd campus recently packed boxes full of books for donation to Books for Africa. The books are destined for Jinja, Uganda, which is the hometown of CLC international student Dennis Musasizi. Jinja was the first library served by Books For Africa 25 years ago. In honor of the anniversary, the Rotary Club of Woodbury, Minn. is paying to send another container of 22,000 books to Jinja. The books from Central Lakes College will be included in this shipment.

■ Blood drive results

On Monday, June 24, 98 units of blood were derived at Wadena’s VFW Post #3922 with the Red Cross Bloodmobile. The goal was 103 units.

On Tuesday, June 25 the goal was 74, and 60 units (including eight double red blood cells) were received. There were two first-time givers. Allan Lynk, Wadena, received a 15-gallondonor pin.

■ Motorcycle rider safety offered at CLC

Learn the basics of motorcycle rider safety through one of several motorcycle training sessions offered this spring at Central Lakes College – Brainerd Campus.

The Basic Rider Course offers the most complete motorcycle training available. Students must complete 14.5 hours of integrated instruction: 4.5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours of practice on a training motorcycle. This course is divided into two phases: Level one concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills: straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping. Level two includes limited-space maneuvers, counter-steering, cornering, and swerving. Minnesota law requires motorcyclists under age 18 to pass an approved Rider Skills Training course.

While no previous motorcycle riding experience is required, it can be beneficial. Students must be able to ride a bicycle and must possess a valid driver’s license or motor vehicle instruction permit. Each student must furnish his or her own protective clothing and DOT-approved helmet; and 100 percent attendance is mandatory. Courses are scheduled throughout the spring and summer, with the next session scheduled for July 18 - 21 at the CLC Campus in Brainerd.

Advanced rider courses are also available. For more information, or to register for any of these opportunities, visit or call 218-855-8118.

■ Author presentation at Staples Library

A presentation by author Geneva Paulson 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., on Thursday, July 18 at the Staples Public Library.

Paulson will talk about her book “Rescuing Randy: A family determined to rescue their son from a cult.” The book provides information culled from journals Paulson kept during her son Randy’s deprogramming in 1988. Randy had joined the navy after graduation from high school, and soon after joined a church that controlled him to such an extent his family had to stage a dramatic intervention. Paulson lives on a farm in Eagle Bend.

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

■ Nisswa Garden Club: ‘A Blooming Success’

Event marks 75 years of garden show history

NISSWA — “A Blooming Success” noting 75 Years of garden show history is the theme for the 75th Annual Garden Show sponsored by The Nisswa Garden Club. The show will be 2 to 7 p.m. on July 31 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Members and non-members of the Club will display “fruits of their labor” in Artistic, Horticulture, Potted Plants, Fruits, Vegetables, and Herb Sections, as well as a Small Fry, Junior and Teen Invitational Section. In addition to the exhibits, there will be a bake sale, silent auction, and a plant sale.

A seminar, “Favorite Trees to Know and Grow,” will be at 3 p.m. and presented by Gary Carson, a member of Central Lakes College’s Natural Resources Faculty. He will lead a panel of Master Gardeners discussing some native tree species plus other hardy trees for home yards in this area. Crow Wing County Master Gardeners will also be available to answer other gardening questions. Enjoy coffee, punch, homemade cookies and bars among the flowers in the refreshment area during the show.

Entries will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 30, and from 7 to 9 a.m. on July 31. Exhibitors need to read and follow the show regulations set out in the show book. All entries must be picked up at the close of the show, but not before 7 p.m.

This year’s show is dedicated to Sue Jordan who passed away in March of this year. She will be remembered as the person who chaired the plant sales, both the club’s spring sale at Schaefer’s and the sale held during the garden show. Jordan served on various committees during the past years and was the secretary of both our clubs, as well as having served as secretary of the Sixth District.

Admission is free.

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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