■ Emily Area Blood
January is the official National Blood Donor Month, and at the recent Emily Area Blood Drive, there was steady flow of donors, who donated blood to help save lives of people that they may never meet. A total of 96 pints of blood were collected. Due to the winter months and the flu and cold season, many blood drives throughout the state have had difficulties in reaching their goal. This was the Emily Area Blood Drive 60th blood drives at this site in the past 25 years. The total overall number of pints collected at the Emily site has reached 5553 pints. All donors and the additional first time donors were greatly appreciated for taking their time to help the drive to be the success that it was. One-gallon pins were received by Tim Boyd, Deb Marty, Donald McCormick, Josh Rooker, Lisa Schweitzer, and Brenda Wood. Brian Foster, Will Jones, Darlene Peterson and Heidi Roettger earned their two gallon pins, while a three gallon pin was awarded to Shirley Gronholm, Don Hodgman and Bonnie Johnson and four gallon pins went to Joe Datzman and Susan Pusc. Douglas Greseth and Pat Schloesser were presented 5 gallon pins for their donation of 40 pints of blood and Frances Camacho and Grace Werner were awarded 6 gallon pins for the 48 pints that they each have donated over the past years. Door prize gift certificates, donated by Robin Fish, Massage Therapist were won by Dennis Lamke, Kaye Camacho, Marg Moritz, Nichole Kesller, Stephanie Bright and Deb Marty. The Emily area bloodmobiles are sponsored by the Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes. The next bloodmobile will be returning to Emily on May 22, 2013, from noon to 6 p.m. at the New Emily City Hall, formerly the Emily Charter School. To sign up for a pre-appointment for this blood drive, or to volunteer to help with the next bloodmobile call coordinator, Nancy Moritz at 218-763-3097.
■ Botany for Gardeners
The class “Botany for Gardeners” will be facilitated by Jackie Froemming, Extension Educator, on Feb. 25 in Pequot Lakes, on Feb. 26 in Crosby and on Feb. 28 in Brainerd. The class “Beginner Gardening – How to Get Started” will be facilitated by Jackie Burkey, certified Master Gardener, on March 4 in Pequot Lakes, on March 5 in Crosby and on March 7 in Brainerd. The third class of this gardening series will be “Growing Great Vegetables” and it will be facilitated by JoAnn Weaver, certified Master Gardener. This presentation will be offered on March 19 in Crosby, on March 21 in Brainerd and on March 25 in Pequot Lakes. The cost of each class is $10 per person. All classes are from 6:30-8 p.m. Register by calling the Community Education office in the desired location: Pequot Lakes office, 218-568-9200; Crosby office, 218-545-8822; and Brainerd office, 218-454-6924. For information about the classes contact Jackie Froemming, Extension Educator, at 218-824-1068 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.