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Crow Wing County recognizes National Social Worker Month

■ Teen driver seminar scheduled

BAXTER — A teen driver seminar will be held

from 5-8 p.m., March 20, at Brenny Funeral Chapel Community Room in Baxter.

Pizza will be served at 5 p.m. by Brick House Pizza, with the presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Speakers include Matt Cordes, North Memorial Ambulance; Sgt. DJ Downie of the Crow Wing Sheriff’s Office; Darrell Pulak, Baxter Insurance Group owner; and Joe Brenny, Brenny Funeral Chapels owner.

The event is free and open to the public.

Baxter Insurance Group is sponsoring the event and is encouraging people to RSVP Sara or Leslie at 855-0331 or or

■ Sertoma Club starts

Cumberland memorial fund

The Brainerd Lakes Sertoma Club established an endowed fund in the memory of retired educator, community leader and Sertoma member Bonnie Cumberland at the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation.

Anyone is encouraged and welcome to contribute to it in her memory at any time.

The Bonnie Cumberland Memorial Fund will benefit the BPSF 4A grant program (academics, activities, arts, athletics) within the Brainerd Public Schools.

In 2014, the BPSF 4A grant program reached $100,000 in grants awarded to the schools through the years for a variety of needs.

Contributions can be made online at or sent to BPSF, 804 Oak St., Brainerd, MN 56401, with a note mentioning Bonnie Cumberland’s fund.

Any questions can be emailed to or call BPSF at 218-454-6921.

■ Crow Wing County recognizes National Social Worker Month

Crow Wing County is recognizing March as National Social Worker month.

The primary mission of social work is to enhance human well-being and assist people who have barriers in meeting their basic needs to achieve health and self-sufficiency. Social workers understand the challenges vulnerable individuals and families face to achieve improved health and greater independence, said Gwen Anderson, Health and Social Services Division manager in a news release.

“Whether it’s mental health issues, at-risk pregnancies, chemical dependency, persons with disabilities or long term care needs for our aging population, we have a dedicated staff working hard to address each person’s needs, challenges and opportunities,” Anderson said in a news release.

Community Services administers more than 70 federal and state benefit and assistance services and programs totaling more than $130 million dollars annually.

“Communities thrive when everyone has the opportunity to lead productive and fulfilling lives,” Tami Lueck, adult services supervisor said. “National Social Worker month is an important opportunity to recognize those who help connect the most vulnerable in our community with tools and resources that assist them in navigating life’s challenges.”

■ Slow traffic expected on I-94

west of St. Cloud March 10-12

Motorists travelling Interstate 94 west of St. Cloud may encounter slow or stopped traffic as lane closures, ramp closures and rolling road blocks occur between Highway 23 and County Road 2 Monday through Wednesday.

On Monday and Tuesday, both directions of I-94 between Highway 23 and County Road 2 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rolling road blocks are scheduled along on the same segment of I-94. The rolling roadblock typically moves at speeds of 15-25 miles per hour.

Motorists approaching the 4-mile segment of I-94, located west of St. Cloud, should slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary.

Also on Wednesday, the ramp from Highway 23 to westbound I-94 will close intermittently for up to 15 minutes at a time.

The closures and rolling roadblocks and are needed as crews conduct preparatory work and string power lines over the interstate as part of the CAPX-2020 project.

For more information about the CapX2020 project, call 763-445-5713 or visit

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit

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