■ National Teen Driver Safety Week
BAXTER — National Teen Driver Safety Week will take place Oct. 20-26. a time for strong education for teens and parents to be working together on safe and successful driver training in 2013. The theme is “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.” This week will be a time for strong education for teens and parents to be working together on safe and successful driver training.
According to information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, since restrictions went into effect in August of 2008 on teenagers’ licenses, the number of fatalities in crashes involving teen drivers is down by one-half. Injuries are reported to be down as well.
The rules, in part, prohibit teens from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. for their first six months, and limit the number of teenage passengers they can have in their vehicle at one time. These are all part of the graduated driver licensing rules and laws that were put into place and are proving to work.
In spite of the success from the restrictions, traffic safety officials are strongly urging parents to be involved with their teens during the whole permit to license process, and beyond.
“Many parents don’t spend the time with their teen that is needed to develop good driving habits and to gain good experience especially during the time of the permit driving,” said State Patrol Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Regional Public Information Officer. “Parents need to be very involved and let their teen drive as much as possible while the parent is with them so they can learn in various driving situations.”
■ Emily Food Shelf seeking
donations to help with move
The Emily Emergency Food Shelf, serving the communities of Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes, Fairfield, Little Pine, Ross Lake and Perry Lake is making plans to move to a new site. They are seeking monetary donations to help build a 30 x 40 addition onto an existing building in Emily. In addition there will be a simple loading dock to ease the process of unloading their monthly grocery deliveries. Plans are to make the move prior to the winter season. Donations may be written out to the Emily Food Shelf and mailed to 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN, 56447 or left at the Pine River State Bank in Emily. Donations will be used for building supplies, electrical, heating, roofing, cement and insulation.
All donations are greatly appreciated. A recent donor who makes regular donations to the Food Shelf wrote, “Your group and many others provide constant proof that neighbors don’t let neighbors down.”
■ Cass County Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a medication disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.
Bring medications for disposal to the Hackensack Senior Center at 108 3rd Street North, Hackensack, and the Longville YAH Senior Club at 150 Pond Lane, Longville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.
■ Minnesota National Guard launches second Pink Tank Project video
To build breast cancer awareness for all women, the Minnesota National Guard launched its second Pink Tank Project video for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The video highlights a 28-year-old Minnesota National Guard soldier who is battling breast cancer for the third time. See the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4RtzKHGjCE.
■ Staples Library Book Club meeting
The next meeting of the Staples Public Library’s book club for adults will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. The book club meets the fourth Thursday each month to read and discuss interesting books. New members are always welcome, including those who choose to listen to audiobooks. Meeting dates through the winter are Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 23 and Feb. 27.
For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at 218-894-1401.
■ Cuyuna Range Youth Center recieves accountability seal
The Cuyuna Range Youth Center has been certified in accountability and awarded the Charities Review Council “Meets All Standards” Seal. That indicates that the center meets all 27 of the council’s accountability standards.
Nonprofit organizations earn the seal by voluntarily participating in the council’s online Accountability Wizard. It addresses a nonprofit organization’s performance in four critical areas: public disclosure, governance, financial activity and fundraising.
■ Social Security class scheduled
CROSBY — Social Security: Strategize to Maximize class will be held at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby.
Participants will learn how to sort through the options to help ensure the choices you make are tailored to your needs. Questions that will be answered include: When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? How will this affect my spouse?