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Local News briefs - Jan. 16

■ Beekeeping class scheduled

The North Central Beekeepers Association will present an Introduction to Beekeeping class from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

The class is for beginners and hobbyists. People will learn what they need to do to start up beekeeping.

The class cost is $10 for arboretum members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested. Class is limited to 30 people.

To register for the class call the arboretum at 829-8770 or email

■ Lakes Area Women’s Expo has new venue for 2014

The 2014 Lakes Area Women’s Expo is set for 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at Cragun’s Resort in rural Brainerd.

The Expo will give women in the Brainerd lakes area an opportunity to explore products, attend presentations and enjoy time with vendors. Women are able to attend the Expo for the day or spend the entire weekend at Cragun’s Resort on a Getaway Weekend Package.

The 2014 Expo is co-sponsored by Cuyuna Range Medical Center and the Minnesota Heart Institute. February is Women’s Heart Month, and health seminars and materials will be available.

This Expo has been a part of the Brainerd lakes area since 2005. Roger Taylor, of St. Cloud, has purchased the rights to the Lakes Area Women’s Expo from the former owner, Shelley Trimble. The Expo is open to the public.

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■ March for Life planned

Jan. 22 marks the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the United States throughout all nine months of pregnancy. The Crow Wing County Chapter of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is sponsoring a March for Life to commemorate this decision.

Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Sixth and Oak Streets in Brainerd at 11:30 a.m. and march to the Crow Wing County Courthouse. There will be a short program at the Courthouse, which will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.

The annual March for Life is an opportunity to gather and grieve the loss of the over 56 million unborn children who have been killed by abortion in the country and 589,000 in the state of Minnesota. It is also a forum for compassionate people to call on the Legislature to enact laws that protect the lives of unborn babies, their mothers, elderly persons and other vulnerable citizens.

Presence at this march will send a clear message to the state lawmakers that a majority of Minnesotans believe in a founding principle of this country — the “Right to Life.”

This year’s featured speaker is Ken Carlton, Pastor of Providence Community Church in Crosslake and father of five children.

Individuals, families, students, church members, activists, public officials and more come together for this annual pro-life rally. Make plans to join other pro-lifers at the courthouse to show support for those who cannot defend themselves.

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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