■ Start forming teams
for Amazing Race event
The fourth annual Amazing Race event will take place on Sept. 28 in Walker this year as part of the Fall Has it All Celebration.
Race organizers decided to reduce team sizes. Teams of two to four members will have even more chances to be recognized at the finish line. Awards for craziest costumes, youngest and oldest competitors, and most money raised, have been added this year, in addition to the traditional prizes for the teams crossing the finish line fastest.
The competition kicks off at Ostlund Field, and then winds through the streets of Walker on a 2.5-mile course. Teams will encounter a competition after each leg of the race that one or all of the team members must complete. Once completed, the team will have their “passport” punched and can continue on.
Each team member is asked to raise or donate a minimum of $50 in order to register. However, prizes will be awarded both for the individual who raises the most money in pledges as well as the team with the highest tally.
The event is sponsored by the HOWA Family Center and Working Together Coalition. It raises funds for the two organizations
Working Together Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of community members in the Northland, Pine River-Backus, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley school districts working to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth through community collaboration.
The HOWA Family Center serves Hackensack, Onigum, Walker and Akeley and is dedicated to enriching lives through mentoring for children, families and communities, and administers the Kinship mentoring program.
For more information on the Amazing Race 2013, or about our organizations, please visit our webpage at http://www.howafamilycenter.org/amazingrace.htm or contact us at HOWA at 547-4273 or Working Together Coalition at 218-330-8129.
■ Creameries are focus of Morrison County Historical
Society annual dinner
The Morrison County Historical Society annual dinner will start at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Bingo Park Community Building in Randall.
Social hour will start at 4 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m. with the program and tours of the creamery to follow.
The theme of the event is “Buttered Up! Creameries of Morrison County.”
The history of creameries around the county will be presented via images and artifacts. The restoration of the Randall Creamery, now The Old Creamery Quilt Shop owned by Linda Thesing and Janelle Johnson, will be featured, including tours of the building. Ricky Turner, who will be catering the event, will share his stories of working at the creamery.
Cost of the dinner is $15 per person. To make reservations, call 320-632-4007.
■ September is National Preparedness Month
The month of September is National Preparedness Month. The focus here is that while we may not be able to plan for an emergency, we can be prepared for that emergency. It helps to keep us from feeling so helpless in time of emergency or disaster.
The Preparedness Month idea is in its ninth year and is hosted by the Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and many local agencies. The hope is to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare for emergencies. The hope is that this type of campaign will make us all a little more self-reliant during an emergency, especially if your power was out for three days and there was no access to fresh water, no access to a supermarket or other local services. There may also be no response from police, fire or medical or, at the very least, much delayed services.
Preparing for these types of emergencies or disaster is easy if you break it down into four very simple steps:
Build a supply kit: A disaster supply kit is a simple collection of basic items your household will need in the event of an emergency or disaster. That kit should be assembled well in advance of an emergency, just in case you have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. The essentials should include food, water and other personal supplies you would need to survive for at least 72 hours.
• Make a plan: You and your loved ones may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you get to a safe place? How would you be able to contact one another? If you take a look at the website Ready.gov they have made it simple to make a family emergency plan.
• Be informed: Emergency preparedness is for all of us, not just those who live in hurricane areas or in tornado alley. If you are informed, you will know what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster. The basic protective actions are a lot the same no matter what the hazard. If you travel like many Americans do, you could be in a hurricane area at some time in your life. So be informed and know about the hazards you may encounter.
• Get involved: In all major disasters, we, as Americans, all come together and offer our help whether we are on scene or sending financial support – we do support those in need. We also get involved in many ways, such as volunteering for different programs. The local area has many different volunteer possibilities, such as getting trained with a CERT Team.
Cass County is in the process of building a TEEN CERT Team now. If you have or know a teen that may be interested, call the Emergency Management Office at 218-547-7437 and ask how to sign up. The community also has people who work behind the scenes and assist with planning issues, such as Mitigation Planning. These are only a few of many volunteer programs available. Find one that interests you and you will love the work and meet many lifelong friends. You can find many more volunteer opportunities at CitizenCorps.gov.
If you have any other questions please feel free to call the Cass County Emergency Management Office at 218-547-7437 or email@example.com.
■ PTL concert a success
The 6th Annual P.T.L. concert fundraiser for Faith in Action held Aug. 16 at Calvary Church in Walker. More than 250 people attended the afternoon and evening programs. The music and message given by P.J. Matthews, Carol Gustafson, Pamela Burnett, Theresa Eclov and Marilyn Bonk, with help from emcee, Mona Bean. Ryan Pels returned with his toe-tapping guitar and heartfelt stories. New this year was a quartet of “Lutherans” from St. Paul’s in Hackensack, including Ron Brauer, Pastor Judy Gustafson, Russ and Loralee Torkelson singing fun, spiritual songs. “Mitzi Pearl” was also back to hand out tidbits of homespun wisdom.
Anchoring the second half of the concert, the Calvary Four Plus One, a southern gospel quartet with Doug Pitt, Chet Kelm, Chet Olander and Jeff Corn presented a wonderful blend of tight harmony, performance presence, and message, introducing several new songs to their repertoire of old time hymns and gospel classics.
Next year’s concert will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The concerts will remain free, community events with donations accepted at the door.
■ Staples Public
Library offers programs
• Computer Training: Basic to Advanced
The Staples Public Library is offering a basic to advanced computer training program for adults from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Sept. 12.
No prior computer experience is necessary. Participants will learn basic and advanced computer technology through the use of self-paced online training. A step-by-step handout and hands-on assistance will be provided to help participants use the keyboard and mouse, navigate the Internet, and access the online training programs. A certificate will be awarded for completion. The attendance limit is six and preregistration is required.
• Intro to the Digital Library
The Staples Public Library is offering an introduction to the GRRL digital library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. This program for adults will teach you how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library. Basic computer knowledge is required. You’ll learn how to search the library catalog for eBooks, the formats supported, and all of the help options available for getting started. Because the digital library is compatible with hundreds of different devices, device-specific support will not be offered, but feel free to bring your eReader or tablet. The attendance limit is 10 and registration is required.
• Paul Lundborg author talk
Author Paul Lundborg will give a presentation from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Staples Depot. His book, “Death Of A Dream,” is about one of the first outbreaks of violence in the US/Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota. The Lundborgs were recent immigrants from Sweden, attracted by the dream of available agricultural land. Lundborg’s book includes information about the family origins and he can speak about doing genealogical research in Sweden. He is a former senior pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Staples.
For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at 218-894-1401.
■ Cuyuna Range Women’s Club
to hold first meeting of season
The Cuyuna Range Women’s Club will have the first meeting of the season at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the meeting room of the Jessie F Hallett Library in Crosby.
This club was started as the Mother’s Club in Crosby in 1916. In the 40s it became the Crosby Women’s Club. In the 80s it became the Cuyuna Range Women’s Club in order to include all the women from the area. This is the 97th straight year of life for this organization.
The officers include Myrna Nelson, president, Jerry Kester, first vice-president, Darlene Olson, second vice-president, Ruth Anderson, secretary and Elsa Ray, treasurer.
The afternoon’s events will begin with a welcome from the president and a short business meeting. Special music will be provided by guitarist Jim Olsen.
The program will be given by Nicki Fett, a decorator from Sherwin Williams. Fett will show the 2013 color forecast, including the color of the year and the new colors being used in both paints and wall coverings.
Refreshments will be served. All Cuyuna Range women are invited to attend this meeting and encouraged to join the Women’s Club.