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Free basic computer classes at Brainerd library

■ Good Samaritan Society offers Living Well with Diabetes program

Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Brainerd and Pine River is offering a Living Well with Diabetes Program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Brainerd - Woodland Campus, 300 Buffalo Hills Lane. The six-week course meets once per week and is free and open to the public.

The Living Well with Diabetes Program teaches skills for managing symptoms, fighting fatigue, eating healthy, and communicating effectively with your doctor and other health care professionals. The sessions also provide knowledge and information to better equip individuals for day-to-day living with diabetes for an improved quality of life.

Please Call Joy Nordby at 218-855-6639 to register or for more information.

■ Take Heart program brings lifesaving AED training to

the public

Essentia Health’s Take Heart Coordinator Colette Larson, registered nurse, is presenting a free one-hour automated external defibrillators (AED) training session from noon-1 p.m., Jan. 21,at the Northland Arboretum, at 14250 Conservation Drive.

Larson will also present how to perform conventional CPR, but will focus on hands-only CPR for bystanders.

The Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center has the goal of improving outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest patients by deploying AEDs and providing CPR training throughout the community through the Take Heart program. The most important treatment for a sudden cardiac arrest victim is immediate CPR and AED implementation. If both of these are performed within the first few minutes of the cardiac arrest, the patient will have a chance at a much more positive outcome, Essentia Health reported.

Since the Take Heart program began in 2010, 73 AEDs have been placed throughout the community and more than 9,500 people have been trained to perform CPR and use an AED.

“How many times do you walk into a building and see an AED hanging on the wall by the door?” Larson ais. “Come join us to learn how easy it is to use one of these AEDs and save a life.”

This one-hour training session is not a certification course. To register, call the Northland Arboretum at 829-8770 or email

■ Crow Wing County seeks

public comment on land use ordinance revisions

Crow Wing County Land Services Department is requesting public comment on proposed revisions to the county land use ordinance.

The ordinance revisions may be viewed on the county website at by clicking on the “CWC Listens” button on the home page. Written comments on the proposed changes will be accepted until Feb. 14, 2014, and may be submitted to the Environmental Services Office at or mailed to 322 Laurel St., Suite 14, Brainerd, MN 56401.

A public hearing for the review of the proposed revisions to the land use ordinance is set for 5 p.m. March 20, before the planning commission.

The meeting will be in the county board room on the third floor of the Historic Courthouse at 326 Laurel St. in Brainerd.

The planning commission will make a recommendation on the proposed ordinance revisions to the County Board of Commissioners for final review at the April 8 meeting.

There are two articles in the land use ordinance that are being revised and are listed below:

• Article 5 nonconformities.

•Article 7 conditional use permits.

■ Good Samaritan Society offers Alzheimer’s Education Session

Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Brainerd and Pine River invites the public to an upcoming Alzheimer’s education session. The information will be useful for caregivers, family members, and friends of those with memory loss.

Innovation in Awareness, Collaboration, and Funding for Patient – Centered Alzheimer’s Care will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at

Good Samaritan Society-Woodland Chapel.

The sessions are free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged to829-1429. A light meal will be provided. Companion care available upon request through Breath of Life Adult Day Service.

■ Free basic computer

classes at the Brainerd library

The Brainerd Public Library will offer free basic computer classes in January.

The classes are for people new to computers, ones who haven’t used them for a while or for ones who just need a refresher course.

Computer classes will be taught by Rob Norgon, a retired business education instructor, who has 42 years of training experience. He has varied training experiences from the high school computer lab to adult computer education through Brainerd and Pequot Lakes Community Education programs.

In addition to a master’s degree in business education he has earned certification as a Microsoft Office 2003-2007 Specialist Master Instructor, a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a Microsoft Applications Specialist.

The classes will be held:

• Computer Basics: From 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 22.

• Internet Basics: From 1-3 p.m. Jan. 22.

• Email Basics: From 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 23.

• Intro to Windows 8: From 1-3 p.m. Jan.23.

• Intro to Word: From 1-3 p.m. Jan. 28.

• Intro to Excel: From 4-6 p.m. Jan. 28.

• Internet Basics: From 3-5 p.m. Jan. 30.

• Computer Basics: From 6-8 p.m. Jan. 30.

There is limited seating and people should call 829-5574 to register.

These classes are made possible through a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information visit the library’s Facebook page or

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