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Unlimited Learning presents Cuyuna Lakes Trails

■ Chaplaincy

training to be held

HACKENSACK — The 8th annual Chaplaincy Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the UCC Church in Hackensack.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch encourages interested clergy members and law enforcement personnel to attend this annual training that is hosted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Initiative.

The presenter for this year’s training is Rev. Stephen D. Carlson, director of Midwest Region of Emergency Ministries.

There is a $10 registration fee that can be paid the day of the event. Lunch will be provided, and five post credits are available for law enforcement. To find out more about this training or to sign up, you can contact Pauline Fahey at 218-547-7308 or

■ Essay contest

to be held

NEW YORK MILLS — The 2014 Great American Think-Off releases its 22nd annual philosophy question: “Love or fear: which motivates us more?”

Submit a short essay making your best argument about this question and participate in this annual national philosophy debate.

The Great American Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. The Cultural Center, located in the rural farm and manufacturing town of New York Mills, sponsors this annual philosophy contest and encourages people of all ages to submit a 750 word essay.

The Great American Think-Off is a philosophy contest for everyone, and it annually awards cash prizes of $500 each to four finalists whose essays are selected from writings submitted from anywhere in North America.

Anyone can submit an essay by mail (Think-Off, PO Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567), on line (, or by email ( There is no fee, and deadline for submission is April 1 (postmark or electronic date stamp). Finalists are notified by May 1 and receive a travel and lodging stipend to participate in the annual debate in New York Mills. This year the debate will be held on Saturday, June 14.

The 750-word (maximum) essay should be grounded in the writer’s personal experience, not in philosophical abstraction. The four writers selected are invited to debate the question on Saturday, June 14, in New York Mills, with travel costs, food, and lodging covered by the Think-Off sponsoring organization, the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

■ Blood drive

in Baxter

A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Pointway Church, 7756 Highland Scenic Road, Baxter.

■ Preschool storytime at Staples library

STAPLES — The Staples Public Library is offering a preschool storytime for children ages 3 to 5 and their families from 10:30-10:50 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. Enjoy a storytime together in the Reading Round House. Register your child in person or by calling 218-894-1401.

■ Cuyuna Lakes Trails by Unlimited Learning

Jenny Smith, owner of Cycle, Path, and Paddle and member of the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association (CLTA), will present a review of the CLTA bike trails from an initial idea to completion of the trails in the Crosby/Cuyuna area at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 at Heartwood Senior Living.

The cost for non-members is $5. Visit

She will show maps and plans for future expansion to Deerwood and Brainerd and discuss the impact of this unique attraction on the surrounding community. Aaron Hautala, crew manager of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike trails, will also discuss the award winning “Extreme Bike” trails and discuss plans for future development of mountain bike trails.

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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