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■ Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point Lions

Club community cleanup May 3

The 15th Annual Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point Lions Club community clean-up will be from 8 a.m.-noon on May 3 in the Pequot Lakes Middle School parking lot. The Pequot Lakes-Breezy Point Lions Club will assist area residents in getting homes, garages, attics, etc. ready for summer.


Area residents can bring tires, mattresses, appliances, furniture, scrap metal, demolition debris, fluorescent bulbs, computers and electronics. No hazardous waste disposal will be accepted. Fees will be charged on a per item or load basis. Proceeds benefit the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club. For more information visit

■ Severe Weather Awareness

Week is coming

Warm weather is coming and with it the chance of severe weather increases. To prepare for this upcoming weather, the National Weather Service (NWS) and Homeland Security and Emergency Management present the Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is April 21-25.

According to the NWS, Minnesota will see 40 tornados in an average year. In 2010, the state set a record with 104 tornados.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to use awareness week as an opportunity to prepare for weather related events. Each day of the week will offer different informational topics. Topics for the week beginning on April 21 include: Monday, alerts and warnings; Tuesday, lighting and hail; Wednesday, floods; Thursday, tornados and will include statewide tornado drills; and Friday, extreme heat.

April 24 will include two different soundings of the local outdoor warning sirens and most counties will also test their local emergency notification systems. The NWS will also be broadcasting on all hazard radios. The first test of the sirens at 1:45 p.m., April 24, will allow schools and businesses to test their tornado plans. The second test at 6:55 p.m. will make it possible for employers with second shift workers and also individual households to either test their plan or maybe this is the opportunity to create one.

The Cass County Emergency Management Office will also be sponsoring two Weather Spotters Classes for those interested in being a Weather Spotter for the NWS. The first class will be at 6 p.m. April 22 at the Walker Hackensack Akeley High School. The second class will be at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Lake Shore City Hall building. The class lasts about three hours and at the end you are given a NWS Spotters card and a special number to contact them with any important weather information you may have. The classes are open to anyone who would like to participate, including civic groups, cub scouts, girl scouts, boy scouts or anyone interested in weather. The class also offers POST Board credits for law enforcement officers.

For those interested in more information, check out; click on the Severe Weather Awareness Week tab. For questions or to register for the weather spotter’s class, contact the Cass County Emergency Management Office at 218-547-7437.

■ Community Outreach

Day set in East Gull Lake

EAST GULL LAKE — The Cass County Sheriff’s Office will host its next Community Outreach Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 30, at East Gull Lake City Hall, located at 10790 Squaw Point Road, East Gull Lake.

Sheriff Tom Burch and members of the sheriff’s office will be present. Participants will learn about initiatives within the sheriff’s office, how to improve public safety and applications for a permit to carry a firearm or purchase a firearm, alarm permit and event permit will be available. The county’s portable “Take It To The Box” prescription drug disposal box will also be on site.

Staff also can assist you in signing up for the county’s instant emergency notification program “Nixle.”

■ WDC preschoolers release

butterflies in greenhouse

WADENA — Alicia Johnson’s preschool classes released Painted Lady Butterflies last Wednesday in the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Greenhouse.

Johnson’s students took turns letting the butterflies sit on their fingers before the colorful medium-sized butterflies decided to fly off and check out their new surroundings. The butterflies were placed by strawberry plants. Greenhouse caretaker Ed Lewis said the butterflies will help pollinate his blooming plants.

“No more sugar water for the painted ladies — they get the real stuff now!” Johnson told her students, who, she said, enjoyed spending time releasing the butterflies as well as planting flowers marigold flowers in the greenhouse.

“A big thank you to Mr. Lewis for providing a home for our butterflies,” added Miss Alicia.

The preschoolers hatched the painted lady butterflies in a butterfly house located on a sunny ledge in their classroom as an educational experience. They learned about the life cycle of a butterfly, as well as the conservation of butterflies.

■ Foster Grandparents recognized

for volunteerism at WDC Schools

WADENA — Wadena-Deer Creek’s (WDC) Foster Grandparents were honored recently for their time, talents and skills with a recognition program at the WDC elementary media center.

Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with youths who may need extra help at the school, the WDC Kids Club and Otter Tail-Wadena Head Start. Foster Grandparents also serve as mentors to youth that need extra emotional support. These dedicated volunteers serve a minimum of 15 hours per week and are often described as “indispensable” and a “joy to work with” by staff.

From September of 2013 to February of 2014, these 11 volunteers served 6,046 hours at WDC Schools. They include: Joan Bakken, Phyllis Jackson, LeRoy Keppers, Carol Klindsworth, Stella Loween, Marcella Mohs, Leona Porter, EvaFern Terry, Carol Wallace, Jo Weiher and Arlene Wynn.

At the ceremony, Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden read a proclamation honoring the Foster Grandparents for their service on National Service Recognition Day, April 1. He said their hours of service are “phenomenal.”

Foster Grandparent Area Supervisor Becky Martinson was also on hand for the ceremony, acknowledging the importance of foster grandparents and their service to WDC.

“I’m so grateful for the support the Wadena-Deer Creek school system and the Wadena community has always shown the Foster Grandparent Program,” Martinson said. “I would also like to thank Mayor Wolden for recognizing the amazing contribution the Foster Grandparents provide to the school and the students they work with. There is nothing more magical or effective than the intergenerational relationship that develops between the child and the Foster Grandparent.”

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.
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