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Faith in Action seeks summer VISTA members

■ CLC instructors nominated as outstanding educators

Two Central Lakes College instructors are nominated for Outstanding Educator awards bestowed each year by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Julie Morgan, dental assisting, and Nathan Peterson, robotics/automated systems, are now eligible for the Educator of the Year award.

The award is to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment, and to encourage ongoing excellence.

On April 23, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ Board of Trustees will honor 30 outstanding educators who teach at 17 colleges around the state. The board will also announce selection of its 2014 Educators of the Year.

■ Old Wadena

Society meets April 6

VERNDALE — The annual meeting of the Old Wadena Society is 1 p.m. on April 6 at the Bull’s Eye Restaurant in Verndale. The meeting is open to the public. The program for the annual meeting is “Underwater Treasurers” with Bill Matthies of Brainerd presenting the program.

Matthies, owner of the Minnesota School of Diving, presents “Underwater Discoveries.” With more than 50 years of professional diving experience, Matthies will show slides and discuss the wide variety of discoveries and interesting articles he has encountered in area lakes and rivers during his career.

The meeting is free to the public. While the meeting officially begins at 1 p.m., attendees are encouraged to come early for the buffet or order off the menu.

Other business at the annual meeting will include election of members of the Old Wadena Society board of directors and discussion of future events, including dedication on May 17, of the recently completed 500 foot-plus bog walk at Old Wadena, and plans for this year’s Old Wadena Rendezvous and Folk Music Festival August 8, 9 and 10.

The Old Wadena Society is a 24-year old organization which annually produces the Old Wadena Rendezvous and promotes the use and preservation of the Old Wadena Park, located approximately seven miles northwest of Staples, situated on a small bluff overlooking the Crow Wing River. One of several parks making up the Crow Wing River Canoe Trail, Old Wadena is owned by Wadena County. With the assistance of the Wadena County Board, the OWS has, over the past several years, overseen the placement of a new foot bridge crossing the Partridge River in the park, conducted several archaeological “digs” in or near the park, financed improved signs around the park and built the bog walk. Along with many other projects, the group has successfully staged the annual rendezvous for the past 23 years.

■ Reflux relief presentation

to be held

People suffering with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) are invited to “Reflux Relief,” a free presentation about a new, state-of-the-art minimally invasive treatment now available in the area.

The presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Heartwood Senior Living Community, 500 Heartwood Drive, Crosby, and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the Baxter Medical Clinic, 13205 Isle Drive in Baxter.

Surgeon Paul Severson, F.A.C.S., will speak about the LINX Reflux Management System, a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medical device.

The Minnesota Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery located at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is one of three places in Minnesota with surgeons trained to perform the LINX procedure.

Registration for the seminar is requested but not required by calling 218-546-4343 or 888-546-4343. For more information, visit

■ Upcoming Programs at Staples Library

Llama Llama Storytime

Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to a special Llama Llama Preschool Storytime from 10:30-11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, in the Staples Public Library Round House. Enjoy stories, songs and activities based on the popular Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney. Registration is required.

Music from Backyard and Front Porch

The Staples Public Library is sponsoring a concert featuring multi-instrumentalist Lauren Pelon from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, April 15, at the Clarissa Ballroom. The concert’s title is “Music From the Backyard and Front Porch.” Pelon will sing songs from years gone by for an audience of seniors as part of the annual Todd County Senior Volunteer Recognition event. The event is open to the public.

Tips on Using the GRRL Website

The Staples Public Library is offering a program for adults called “Tips on Using the GRRL Website” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Instructor Ellen Peters will demonstrate how to find information on the library website, including viewing upcoming events, highlighted resources, and tips on using the online catalog. Registration is required.

Preschool Storytime

Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to Preschool Storytime 10:30-10:50 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Staples Public Library Round House. Enjoy stories, songs and activities. Registration is required.

For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at 218-894-1401.

■ Faith in Action seeks summer VISTA members

Faith in Action for Cass County is seeking applicants to fill two summer VISTA member positions for June and July 2014. The application deadline is April 30.

The VISTA project involves developing a resource and referral network for local home repair, chores, handymen and homemaking services that complement and enhance Faith in Action’s volunteer services to seniors, the disabled and others in need throughout Cass County, including meal delivery to remote locations in Cass County.

The VISTA members will create partnerships with local businesses, update volunteer recruitment and training materials, and enhance social media and website materials, to help us grow and develop greater volunteer opportunities throughout Cass County.

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for eight weeks at a nonprofit organization, working to improve social services, strengthen community groups and much more. VISTA members receive a modest living stipend, health coverage, leave time, professional development opportunities and an end-of-service education benefit for college tuition or a service stipend.

Call Theresa Eclov at 218-675-5435 for more information about Faith in Action for Cass County and VISTA, or check out to see a list of VISTA opportunities.

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.
(218) 855-5889