For eight years, Darren has been sober. And for two of those eight years, Darren has called the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd his community. His church. Darren visits the Soup Kitchen each day - coming for a filling meal but leaving with new-found friendships and a strengthening of this faith. "It's about more than just coming to a nice, warm place for a hot meal," Darren says. "Here, I find the love and authority of God. We're all in the same boat, when we come here.
It took a series of accidents and health concerns to make Brenda Wiener a believer in the power of essential oils. Over 10 years later, Wiener won't leave home without her kit of oils and has now built a business based upon the very healing properties she, herself, doubted for so many years. In the first six months after he was born, Wiener's son, Albert, suffered from a variety of health complications, including chronic digestive issues that led to much discomfort for the infant.
As the Marketing and Foundation Director at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Miranda Anderson is typically on the service end of health care, a part of the team ensuring patients and their loved ones receive top-notch care in times of physical need. However, one November morning Anderson found herself and her family on the receiving end of that same care chain.
BAXTER — A record-setting 311 youths participated and finished in the 2012 Brainerd Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Aug. 25. And, I am proud to say; my son and daughter were two of them. This was Jackson’s second year. He is my 9-year-old dynamo. Fortunately for him, he inherited his father’s athletic prowess and competitive nature.
It was 21 years ago that Bill and Cathy Schmid lost their eight-week-old baby girl to SIDS. But to the couple, some days, it seems just like yesterday. Haley was the Plymouth couple’s first baby. The notion of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was only just surfacing within the medical community, but never did the Schmids think it could or would happen to their perfectly healthy daughter. “As you can imagine, it’s a life changing, devastating thing,” Bill Schmid said. “We struggled with it for awhile, looking for answers. And there really weren’t any answers at that time.”