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Jam and jellies workshop to be held

■ Crow Wing, Morrison County 4-H youth participate in regional project bowl

More than 300 youths competed from across the state at the first of three regional 4-H Project Bowls conducted March 1 at Foley High School. Youths from Morrison and Crow Wing counties had nine senior and junior teams compete in knowledge areas of dairy, general livestock (beef, sheep and swine), poultry and wildlife.

Project Bowl is a way for young people to explore a project area. Teams of three to six youth compete in quiz competitions with questions specific to the project area. Junior teams are made up of competitors in grades 3-8 and Senior Teams have youth in grades 4 through 4-H graduation. Regional winners advance to State Project Bowl where there is a chance of going on to a national contest.

Youths participating in the Project Bowl from Crow Wing and Morrison Counties were:

Junior Poultry Team (Crow Wing County): Everett Pringle, Haven Bernatsky, Abby Fleming, Lillian Pringle, coach Paul Fleming, parent Brent Pringle.

Senior Poultry Team (Crow Wing County): Eric Simmons, Rachel Raddatz, BJ Bernatsky, Isaiah Bernatsky, coach Michele Bernatsky.

Senior Dairy Team B (Crow Wing County): Elizabeth Studniski, Madeline Hinrichs, Arica Caughey, Veronica Nelson, Simon Nelson, coach Ron Nelson.

Senior Dairy Team A (Crow Wing County): John Paul Nelson, Patrick Hoffman, Grace Studniski, Josh Studniski, Coach Maggie Wehseler. This team advancing to State Bowl.

General Livestock Team (Morrison-Crow Wing counties): Athena Moe, Alicia Moe, Hannah Studniski, Samantha Philips, coach Becky Moe.

“Milk Fever” Junior Dairy Team (Crow Wing County): Jenna Caughey, Daric Caughey, Thomas Hoffman, Lexi Hoskins, Angela Studniski, coach Magnus Nelson. This team advancing to State Bowl.

“Got Milk” Junior Dairy Team (Crow Wing-Morrison counties): Hannah Schubert, Riley Hoskins, Andrew Caughey, Elissa Pawlu, Isabella Philips, Addison Hillman, coaches Kris Schubert and Connie Hillman.

Wildlife Team (Crow Wing County): Jamison Young, Jaedyn Young, Shania Villnow, Josh Hoffman, Emelia Hinrichs, Levi Raddatz, coach Susanne Hinrichs. This team advancing to State Bowl.

Dog Team (Crow Wing County) – The Great Dames: Rachel Danielson, Kyla Parduhn, Sheridan Wilson, Esther Kreutzfeldt, Teryn Weinhandl, Jenny Hendrickson, coaches Donna Wilson and Brooke Weinhandl.

For more information about 4-H contact Jeanne Rohr, Crow Wing County 4-H Program Coordinator at 218-824-1065 or Becky Moe, Morrison County 4-H Program Coordinator at 320-632-0161.

■ Lakewood to hold dinner auction

STAPLES — The Lakewood Health System Foundation will hold its 21st Annual Foundation Dinner Auction April 11 at Lakewood Health System’s Main Campus east of Staples.

The theme of this year’s auction will be “give for kids.” Proceeds from the event will go toward the funding of Lakewood’s programs for kids. These programs include: OB home visits, car seats, stuffed animals, bicycle helmets, FASD clinics and books.

A social hour will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., live and silent auctions at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment at 8 p.m. Individual tickets are $45 and tables (which seat six) are available for $250. Tax deductions apply. Call or email Megan at 218-894-8508 or for more information or to RSVP.

■ Chocolate and

Wine Affair to be held

The third Annual Chocolate and Wine Affair will be held from 3:30-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at the Northern Lights Event Center.

Sample a variety of chocolate treats and vote for favorites. Enjoy specialty coffees and a variety of wines to enhance the chocolate experience.

New this year are pre-purchased VIP tickets that give speedy admission, unlimited sampling of chocolate, wine and coffee, and a chance to win a door prize.

There are still some openings in the Ultimate Chocolate Challenge and prizes will be awarded for professional and amateur entries. There is no entry fee for the Ultimate Chocolate Challenge. For full rules and an application you can contact Faith in Action for Cass County or the HOWA Family Center.

A Chocolate and Wine Affair is a fundraising event for Faith in Action (218-675-5435) and the HOWA Family Center, local nonprofits serving people in the Leech Lake Area. Please call or go to or for more information or to enter the Ultimate Chocolate Challenge.

■ Shingles vaccine available for uninsured, underinsured seniors

Cass County Public Health is now offering Zoster, the shingles vaccine for uninsured and underinsured seniors over the age of 60.

Underinsured means those with insurance that does not cover vaccines, only covers selected vaccines, or that caps prevention services (eligible after cap is reached).

Cass County Public Health will be offering the shingles vaccine every fourth Tuesday of the month from 9-11 a.m. at the walk-in vaccine clinic located at 400 Michigan Ave. West in Walker or by appointment. Administration recommended fee is $5; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Questions regarding the shingles vaccine please contact Jennifer Jackson at 218-547-1340 ext. 210.

■ Jam and jellies

workshop to be held

LITTLE FALLS — The “Making and Marketing Jams and Jellies” workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. on April 2 at the Morrison County Government Center, Little Falls.

The workshop will address producing a quality product, home processing and equipment, food safety from harvest to process, operational guidelines for the sale of jams and jellies in Minnesota, and labeling and documentation.

Conducting the workshop is University of Minnesota Extension educators in food safety. Registration fee is $25.

For registration information visit the MFVGA’s website at or call MFVGA at 763-434-0400 or contact University of Minnesota Extension at 888-241-4591.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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