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Wreaths, bows removed from cemetery headstones

■ Free basic computer

classes offered

The Brainerd Public Library‘s free basic computer classes in February are now available for registration. For those who are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help tackle technology. There is limited seating; call 218-829-5574 to register.

Classes include: Basic Computer, 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 and from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 21; Windows 8, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 7 and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 20; Intro to Excel, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25; Intro to Word, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 14 and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 25; Basic Internet, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 20; and Basic Email, 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 21.

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. These classes are made possible through a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information visit the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page or

■ Baxter council meeting rescheduled to Monday

BAXTER — The Baxter City Council meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 has been scheduled to 7 p.m. Monday because of a conflict with party caucuses which were scheduled for Feb. 4.

A 5:30 p.m work session will be conducted on Monday in advance of the council session. Topics at the work session include the Whiskey Creek Storm Water Report, an update on Woida Project, Brainerd fire services and a resolution of support of the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Project.

■ Upcoming blood

donation opportunities

For those interested in donating blood, the following dates are available: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 18, Pillager High School, Pillager; noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 19, American Legion, 4435 Main St., Pequot Lakes; from 1-6 p.m. Feb. 28, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Community Center, 425 Fourth St. NE, Staples.

Call 800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

■ Wreaths, bows removed from cemetery headstones

LITTLE FALLS — At 11 a.m. Saturday all the headstones at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls Minnesota were covered with bright green balsam wreaths and a big red bow.

At 11:50 a.m. they were gone.

More than 3,500 wreaths were removed in 35 minutes with the help of volunteers, The Minnesota Patriot Guard members and many families that came to assist in the wreath removal.

After a short briefing at 11 a.m. the volunteers removed all the Christmas decorations according to officials with

At the conclusion of the wreath removal Little Falls American Legion Post 46 conducted a flag disposal ceremony. Many American flags due for retirement were brought to the cemetery and included in the disposal ceremony.

A fellowship and a Patriot Guard “Meet and Greet” followed at the Canteen (by Camp Ripley).

“Again last December we were able to provide enough wreaths to cover the entire cemetery” John Thomas, president of, said. “It all started in 2006 with five wreaths and now has grown to this magnitude. The general donations and requests for wreaths for the graves at the cemetery this year have exceeded all our expectations. The many people that joined in this effort and committed to working on this project all year deserve the credit. It could not have been done without them,” said Thomas.

Plans have already begun for this coming December wreath laying. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing wreaths at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls

To have your personal wreath hand-made and included in the next memorable event send your name, address and phone number (in case of questions) and $15 or more (for each wreath requested) to: 5244 Ashdale Lane, Baxter, MN, 56425. The full name and date of birth of the veteran or family member the wreath is for should also be included. will confirm the exact location of the grave site number. Please make your check out to “Wreaths.” All contributions are IRS tax-deductible.

For those that would like to make a general donation to this cause, please feel free to contribute to the wreath general fund and an appropriate number of wreaths will be made and distributed at the December event. Everyone is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony.

For additional information, contact: John Thomas at 829-6622, email: or visit

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