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Posted: March 6, 2012 - 5:18pm

Upcoming Staples Library programs

The Staples Public Library is offering the following programming:

Storyteller Pam Collins – March 14

Storyteller Pam Collins will tell the stories of “The Girl Who Lost Her Heart” and “The House On Mitford Street” to first-graders at the Staples Elementary School from 9:15-10 a.m. and 10:15 to 11 a.m. March 14.

Her presentation is sponsored by the Staples Public Library and funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Todd Country Digital Literacy Program – March 16

If you are an adult just beginning to use a computer, sign up for the Todd County Digital Literacy Program beginning at the Staples Public Library, from 10 a.m. to noon March 16. Charlie Crews from the Todd County

Digital Literacy Program will present a class on Friday mornings in March and April for six sessions. Preregistration is required and the attendance; limit is 8. (Class will not be held April 6.)

Cabins Of Minnesota – March 18

Photographer Doug Ohman will give a presentation for teens and adults on Cabins of Minnesota at the historic Staples Depot from 3-4:30 p.m. March 18. The program will highlight the book “Cabins of Minnesota,” by photographer Ohman and writer/poet Bill Holm. This presentation is part of the Staples Historical Society’s Cabin Fever event. It is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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

Unlimited Learning program offered

Unlimited Learning welcomes Jim Wentworth, a retired electrical engineer and former astronomy instructor at CLC, who will present The Cosmology of the March Sky from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 20 at Heartwood Senior Living Community. The presentation will include the nature of the universe as a whole (Cosmology), such as celestial objects, dark matter, galaxies, comets and nebulae in the March sky. Bring your questions for Mr. Wentworth and learn about the formation and development of the universe and its phenomena.

Wentworth has enjoyed a 40-year hobby in astronomy. He has designed and built his personal “Fire in the Sky Observatory” at his residence. As an added bonus, Wentworth will open his observatory to interested attendees to view the night sky during a full moon. Participants can sign up at the end of the March 20 presentation and get maps and carpooling info. In case of cloudy weather, the sky viewing may be rescheduled.

Unlimited Learning is a membership organization that presents stimulating programs at no cost to members. The cost is $6 for non-members who are always welcome. For information about this UL program, contact Joanna Pierce at (218) 534-4946.

Bernick Family Foundation awards $221,000

The Bernick Family Foundation announced it awarded more than $221,000 in grants to the community through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. One of the grants will help build a new family center designed to increase school readiness in the Staples-Motley area.

The Staples Motley School District received $20,000 to create a gross motor room to provide young area children an environment where they can play and grow. The room will include an indoor playground, climbing equipment, and other large muscle equipment such as large wheel toys, pull toys, rocking boats and other learning toys. This room is part of a large family center that is being developed to provide more preschool options and an expanded after-school program for elementary students.

This project aims to address a lack of school readiness. About 50 percent of Minnesota preschoolers do not have the school readiness skills to fully succeed in kindergarten, and this is particularly true in low-income communities like Motley.

“It is grants like these that are truly changing our community for the better,” said Steve Joul, president of the Community Foundation. “We’ve seen the impact of projects like these in other communities and look forward to seeing results in the Staples-Motley area.”

Another grant for $7,500 to the Kinship Partners in Brainerd will allow the organization to expand its mentoring program to provide additional one-on-one support for at-risk youth.

Tri-County Health Care’s Diabetes

support group to meet March 13

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) will host its monthly diabetes support group meeting on Monday. This month’s topic is “Changing Behaviors” facilitated by Kathy Hanson of Neighborhood Counseling.

The support group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Tri-County Health Care. Anyone with an interest in understanding more about diabetes is invited to attend. For more information, contact Pam Doebbeling at (218) 631-3510.

Ironton TOPS hosts workshop

Ironton TOPS 1659 invites you to attend our spring workshop on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is free and will be held at the new Cuyuna Range Youth Center (kiddy corner from the Holiday Station) in Crosby. Our theme is “The Road to Success.” We would like you to join us on our “Road” and hear how we can become more energetic and successful in our healthy living, all the while having fun and meeting new people. We have both men and women in our Chapter and invite everyone to join us on our journey. If you have any questions, call Mabel at 546-6523 or Lucy at 839-2218 or 545-2438.

Cuyuna Range Youth Center

pancake breakfast

On Sunday, March 11, the Cuyuna Range Youth Center is hosting a youth planned fundraising pancake breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fundraiser will be held at the youth center located on Main Street. The cost is $4 for ages 6 and under and $7 for ages 7 and older.