■ CSI Brainerd: Forensics presentation planned at CLC
Ever wonder how law enforcement investigators solve crimes and what type of technology is behind cracking the case? Find out more when The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College presents “CSI Brainerd: Forensics” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Lakes College Brainerd Campus.
Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Joe Meyer will share with participants how law enforcement process evidence — including fingerprinting, photography, DNA and drug identification. Meyer has worked for the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office for the past 25 years. In 1993, he was assigned to the investigation unit, promoted to sergeant of investigations in 2007 overseeing all investigators within the unit and then promoted to Lieutenant in the summer of 2013.
Cost to attend this program is free for CLL members. Cost for non-members is $6.
Registration is required and can be made by calling 855-8118. Sponsorships and memberships are also available for the 2013-2014 season and more information can be obtained by calling the same number.
■ Cass County offers flu shots
WALKER — In efforts to increase accessibility to flu shots in the Cass County community, Cass County Public Health announces the flu vaccine is now available for children and adults who are uninsured and underinsured. Uninsured refers to those who do not have any health insurance coverage and underinsured refers to those who have health insurance that does not cover vaccination or is subject to deductibles. The recommended contribution fee for administration of shots is $5per shot, if able to afford.
For those who are fully insured with vaccine coverage, flu shots are offered and billed to your insurance. Please bring your insurance cards with you.
Community Flu Clinics with all ages welcome are from noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 15, at Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services located at 400 Michigan Ave in Walker; and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 17, at Cass County Government Office 218 Washburn Ave E in Backus.
For more information on criteria for uninsured and under insured criteria and how to schedule a flu shot, please call Cass County Public Health @218-547-1340 ext 223. For more information on flu shots in your areas visit: www.mdhflu.com.
■ Proposal deadline approaching
The deadline for submitting energy efficient or renewable energy project proposals for the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) is 4 p.m. Oct. 18.
CERTs seeks to provide seed grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in Minnesota. Project proposals should be for a community-based energy efficiency or renewable energy project that also provides a forum for community education about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, ecological and community benefits.
Funding for these projects is provided through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.
To learn more and apply for the grant go to http://rfp.mncerts.org.
■ Cheerleaders hosting fundraiser
The Brainerd cheerleaders are hosting a fundraiser to help them raise money for new uniforms, mats and other cheerleading equipment.
The cheerleaders are partnering with Scentsy. Their goal is to raise $2,500 in sales so that a full 30 percent can be donated to the cheerleaders.
To place an order go to https://shanna35.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Home?partyId=192484907.
■ Haunted Trail scheduled
Oct. 17-18 at arb
Northland Arboretum will host its 10th annual Haunted Trail from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 17-18.
Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door. The arboretum is located at 14250 Conservation Drive, located before the Movies 12 Theater.
Young children must be accompanied by an adult and no flashlights are allowed.
Non-perishable food items are being collected both nights to be donated to the local food shelf.
The annual Haunted Trail, which is put on by arboretum volunteers, leads visitors through the dark woods on the winding trails of the arboretum. At the end of the trail, visitors are invited to enjoy a bonfire and hot cider.
Northland Arboretum is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, promote and celebrate the natural environment. For more information about the Haunted Trail contact the arb at 829-8770. For weather related cancellations, people are asked to listen to WJJY.
■ Extension offers pressure
canner gauge testing
The University of Minnesota Extension, Crow Wing County, is now equipped to offer testing of pressure canner gauges for home canners.
A pressure canner is essential for canning low-acid vegetables, meats, fish and poultry. Two basic types of canners are available. One type has a dial gauge to indicate the pressure inside the canner and it is recommended the gauge be tested annually. Keep in mind only the gauge is needed for testing and it is unnecessary to bring the entire canner into the office. Testing of the gauge if attached to the lid can also be done if you are unsuccessful in removing or if your model is not designed to detach. The other type has a metal weighted gauge and testing of this type is not needed.
Persons planning to preserve food with a pressure canner are encouraged to check the rubber gasket if the canner has one. It should be flexible and soft, not brittle, sticky or cracked — if it is it should be replaced. Also make sure any small pipes or vent ports with openings are clean and open all the way through prior to canning.
To use the self-serve dial gauge testing station, stop by the Crow Wing County Extension Office during the hours of 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extension is located in the Crow Wing County Land Services building at 322 Laurel Street, Lower Level, behind the historic courthouse in downtown Brainerd. Contact the office at 824-1065 with questions or for more information.
For general home canning questions contact the University of Minnesota Answer Line toll free at 800-854-1678. Answer Line staff have been answering consumer’s questions for over 30 years providing reliable, research-based answers to everyday questions. Call them to get information about safely cooking, canning and freezing foods, cleaning stains and mildew from homes and clothes and dealing with floods and other household issues. Calls are answered Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
■ BAARC plans open house
Anyone who is licensed or interested in becoming a radio ham is invited to meet with Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club (BAARC) members at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Brainerd Public Library. Organizers said the free event will be conducted in the Brainerd Public Library’s large meeting room and will include demonstrations, refreshments and fun.
Visitors will learn about the many roles that hams play in providing reliable communications for area public service events as well as in times of disaster when regular systems fail. Demonstrations will show how the Internet and modern technology have enhanced, not replaced, the tools and methods that today’s hams use.
With no age requirement, amateur radio can be a valuable family activity and provide a lifetime of learning opportunities. Since Morse Code is no longer a requirement, ham radio is more accessible than ever, through the club’s night classes. Donated equipment available for sale to club members makes world-wide radio communication possible with minimal expense.
Interested persons may visit the club’s website at www.brainerdham.org.
■ Open adult volleyball
Brainerd Family YMCA is offering open adult volleyball from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights. The sessions are free for YMCA members and $5 for community members.
■ MnDOT commissioner to host town hall in Pine River Oct. 15
PINE RIVER — Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle invites the public to attend a town hall event on transportation issues Oct. 15 in Pine River.
The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the historic Pine River Depot, 102 Barclay Ave. W.
Commissioner Zelle will lead a discussion about transportation, how it affects quality of life, its strong ties to Minnesota’s economy and the importance of continuing to invest in this significant asset.
The event is open to the public and includes an “open microphone” question and answer session where the commissioner will take feedback and answer questions about Minnesota’s transportation system.
In addition to Commissioner Zelle, MnDOT District 3 Engineer Dan Anderson and other area transportation officials will be available to answer questions.
Earlier in the day Zelle is scheduled to speak at the Brainerd Noon Rotary Club from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Northland Arboretum.
To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call 651-366-4720 or 800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Requests may also send an email to ADArequest.email@example.com.
■ YMCA offers lifeguard training
Brainerd Family YMCA will offer the American Red Cross lifeguard training course. Total course cost is $225. This includes lifeguard training manual, CPR for lifeguards and First aid and A.E.D training.
Registration deadline is Oct. 25. Class size is limited to 20 participants.
Class must be paid for when registering. Refunds only if canceled by registration deadline.
Interested persons may stop by the Brainerd Family YMCA at 602 Oak St. in Brainerd to register or call in with major credit card information at 829-4767. For more information, contact Jane at 829-4767.