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Bloodmobile planned

■ MNsure navigator will be available at Brainerd Public Library

A certified MNsure navigator will be available at Brainerd Public Library to assist the public in accessing health care through the MNsure website by appointment January through March. A MNsure navigator is a trained and certified specialist, ready to assist anyone in the community who wants to apply for health care insurance through the Minnesota version of the affordable care act, MNsure. A MNsure navigator can help people to:

• Find the best and most affordable insurance.

• Fill out MNsure applications.

• Enroll you and your family for health insurance.

• From 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on the follow Tuesdays: Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb 25, March 11 and March 25.

• From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb 26, March 12 and March 26.

Register to meet with the navigator by calling the library at 829-5574.

Those individuals already on Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care do not need to meet with a navigator at this point. The county and the state will handle the conversion on those cases.

Navigators will be able to assist people without insurance or those who wish to find insurance before the end of the enrollment period of March 31. Navigators are not insurance agents or brokers. The consultation is free of charge and available to all community members regardless of income.

Navigators also welcome calls and appointments at their respective locations. A list of certified navigators in Crow Wing County includes:

• Tri-County Community Action, 829-2410, extension 9066.

• Northern Pines, 829-3235.

• Project Care, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid 320-253-0121,

• Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, MNsure manager, Ron Juntunen 612-238-6168,

For a list of all navigators in Minnesota, check the MNsure website at

■ One Lunger event

features vintage snowmobile

racing Saturday

The 17th annual “the original” One Lunger 100 event has 100 miles of vintage snowmobile racing Saturday on Gull Lake.

The event is hosted by Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd.

A driver check-in and kick-off party is planned 6-8 p.m. Friday. Driver check-in and registration is from 6-8 a.m. Saturday in the main lobby with drivers on the ice by 10 a.m and racing at 11 a.m.

A banquet and social hour is set 5-6 p.m. followed by dinner and an award presentation and entertainment.

Racing events include single drivers or teams of two drivers with an entry fee of $100 per sled and $40 bib deposit. The $10,000 purse includes payouts for each class with $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, $500 for third place, $250 for fourth place and $100 for fifth place. Trophies are awarded to the top 10 in each class.

For more information, go to or call Carrie at 612-282-6246.

■ Red Cross Bloodmobile planned

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be available to collect blood from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the VFW Post No. 3922, 213 First St. SE, Wadena. Bring a Red Cross donor card or a photo ID or two forms of identification. The goals are 92 for Feb. 10 and 56 for Feb. 11. Double red blood cells will be collected both days.

Anyone who is at least 16 years of age, weighs 110 pounds and is considered to be in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Signed permission slips are needed for 16-year-olds. Call Sue at 218-631-7990 to make an appointment to give blood, for permission slips, or for more information. On the day of the blood drive, call Barb at 218-849-6087.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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