WORTHINGTON — One by one, Bob Shore carries the quilts into the living room, spreading them out on the floor to display.
The first ones are recent creations, made from fabric panels featuring wildlife or farm scenes.
Q. My mother lives independently and is otherwise healthy, but recently she developed a fever, chills and a cough, and was diagnosed with pneumonia. What is the best treatment for this?
A. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that usually is caused by a bacterium, most commonly a bug called Streptococcus pneumoniae.
LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Senior Center will host seminars on social security, “Strategize to Maximize” at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 18 and 25. The seminars will be presented by Thrivent Financial Associate Carlyle Olsen.
The center will host its monthly pancake, sausage and egg breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on April. Cost for breakfast is $6 for adults; ages 6-10 is $3; and age 5 and under is free.
The center has a fresh doughnut sale Thursday mornings and everyone is welcome to purchase them. Volunteer crews start making the doughnuts at 4 a.m.
Having your health information at your finger tips in today’s world is now possible — and the technology to access it is senior citizen-friendly, according to hospital officials and one 81-year-old Brainerd man.
Dick Tull, who is a patient of Dr. Mark Gray, a family medicine physician at Essentia Health St.Joseph’-Brainerd Clinic, said he is not good on computers, but Essentia Health’s patient portal for electronic health record, titled MyHealth, is easy and helpful.
Crow Wing County marriage license applications
Michael L. Schwieters, 50, and Ruth A. Nordby, 50, both of Crosslake. Maranda M. Saccoman, 33, and Nicole A. Lloyd, 27, both of Pequot Lakes.
Bradley G. Corrier, 49, and Sandra J. Westerlund, 53, both of Brainerd.
David B. Barsness, 23, and Megan T. Olson, 21, both of Nisswa.
Michael T. Gotti, 44, and Kristen J. Groneberg-Maas, 34, both of Baxter.
Nathan M. Wickham, 28, and Jasmyn M. Veith, 25, both of Brainerd.
Timothy G. Bachel, 52, Brainerd, and Deborah K. Greig, 57, Baxter.
Firefighters investigate call at DNR
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire alarm call at 6:33 a.m. Tuesday at the DNR office, 1601 Minnesota Dr. Firefighters investigated and found nothing.
Mille Lacs Polar Bear Plunge is Saturday
The third annual Polar Bear Plunge on Mille Lacs Lake, benefiting Special Olympics Minnesota and sponsored by Grand Casino Mille Lacs is Saturday.
This is a family-friendly event. People from all ages are invited to come and enjoy the festivities. There will be face painting, polar games, and concessions. Those who aren’t taking the plunge, may watch from the sidelines (or what Special Olympics Minnesota calls “Chicken Row”).
House lost to fire in Pine River
PINE RIVER — A home on the 2700 block of 36th Avenue Southwest in Walden Township, rural Pine River was lost to fire Monday, reported Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch.
The Pine River Fire Department was dispatched at 6:39 p.m. and upon arrival, the home was fully engulfed. No injuries were reported.
The fire remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, Pine River Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office.
The Backus Fire Department and the Pequot Lakes Fire Department assisted at the scene.
March seat belt enforcement wave
Motorists will see extra patrols as troopers, deputies and city police officers work together March 21-30 enforcing Minnesota’s seat belt and child passenger restraint laws. This extra enforcement event is a prelude to the annual May Click-it or Ticket enforcement that will be following in a few weeks, to kick off the summer safety enforcement campaigns by law enforcement.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend warnings
SEBEKA - At a special meeting Monday, Sebeka City Council members unanimously accepted the retirement of the town’s police chief, who was recently cited for driving while intoxicated, and appointed a part-time officer as interim chief.
Eric Swenson, 48, had been a Sebeka police officer for 28 years and the chief since 2007. In a one-sentence letter to the council dated March 9, he ended that tenure. “I hereby retire from the Sebeka Police Department,” wrote Swenson, who did not attend Monday’s meeting.
ALEXANDRIA - Police are investigating an armed robbery in which the suspect tied up a video store clerk and a customer late Monday.
According to police, a white male in his mid-20s entered the Premiere Video on North Nokomis Street about 10 p.m. Monday holding a handgun. He reportedly took an undisclosed amount of cash from a cash drawer and store safe.
The suspect then bound the wrists and ankles of a store clerk and customer.
The robbery was interrupted by a customer dropping off a video in the outside drop box; that person called 911.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received several more reports during the weekend of phone calls and text message scams seeking information about credit and debit card numbers, specifically through the First National Bank of Walker as the financial institution attached to the targeted accounts.
The calls are showing a caller ID as coming from local telephone numbers with 218 area code.
Additionally, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in prize type scams including lotteries, cruises and “free money.”
The purchase price for the Wausau hydro dam has been lowered to $2.6 million. That’s a drop from the original $4.115 million.
At a special Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group voted to accept the lower purchase price.
The purchase is contingent on legislative approval, which the city recently found out was required. State law says the city can’t buy the dam until it gets approval from the Legislature or the legislative session ends without the Legislature prohibiting it.
BAXTER — A green beam of light seemed to stretch across tens of thousands of miles from the Forestview school parking lot in Baxter up to the stars in the night sky.
A group of stargazers watched as Mike Lynch outlined constellations, using the green light beam to make the invisible connections come into view. Suddenly the familiar handle of the big dipper became the tail of the big bear, Ursa Major.
Dolly Matten is the new Brainerd City Council member.
Matten was voted into the position Monday during a special council meeting.
“I’m a little surprised,” she said after the vote. “They were all good candidates.”
Eleven residents applied for open at-large council seat, which became vacant recently after the death of Council President Bonnie Cumberland.
At the meeting Monday, each applicant was given up to five minutes to speak to why they should be chosen.
City council member Dave Pritschet joined the meeting via Skype from Boston.
FERGUS FALLS Fire crews responded late Monday afternoon to a fire at an ethanol plant in Fergus Falls.
The Fergus Falls Fire Department received an initial report of a fire in the dryer building of the Green Plains Renewable Energy plant shortly before 4:30 p.m., said Fergus Falls Fire Chief Mark Hovland. When they arrived on scene, Hovland said there was an explosion. No one was injured in the fire or subsequent explosion.
MOORHEAD – Prosecutors have accused a Clay County Jail inmate with one leg of knocking out a correctional officer and breaking bones in his face.
The inmate, Damien Leon Heminger, 24, Moorhead, was charged Monday with fourth-degree assault of a correctional employee and third-degree assault.
ST. PAUL - A Minnesota senator wants the state to pay $65,000 to fund a study to find how to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.
Sen. Alice Johnson, D-Fridley, talked about her idea for a nine-month study on Monday. “Currently, when a doctor or school nurse identifies an obese child there are no intervention programs to refer that child to. The purpose of this study is to help develop such a program."
The study would provide help to 80 children diagnosed as obese. Results of the study could influence future legislation.
MADISON — A teenager in west-central Minnesota died early Sunday after fleeing a drinking party in a rural area.
Michael Chinedu Anyasike, 18, of Dawson, was pronounced dead Sunday after being transported to the Madison Hospital by ambulance, according to Lac qui Parle County Sheriff Rick Halvorson.
Anyasike was reported as a missing person by his parents at 12:06 p.m. Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. Anyasike was found outside of a rural farm site about four miles from the party site.