■ Blood drive in Emily
January is National Blood Donor Month. The Red Cross Bloodmobile, sponsored by the Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes, will make its first of three blood drive visits to Emily 12-6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Emily City Hall, the former Emily Charter School.
Help is needed. Each year, the demand for blood increases by up to 8 percent, while annual blood donations only increase 2 to 3 percent. Currently, only 5 percent of eligible blood donors actually donate. The blood supply is at a low point now, following the holiday season when donations have been down due to everyone’s busy schedules. Severe winter weather throughout the Midwest has caused the cancellation of numerous blood drives, impacting blood donations for local American Red Cross.
Requirements to be a blood donor are that the donor be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds are now allowed to donate with a parent or guardian’s signature on the Red Cross permission form. Diabetics are accepted, even when on insulin. Most other medications are accepted as long as the donor is healthy. Antibiotics being taken, must be completed and symptoms resolved.
The goal assigned to Emily is to collect 118 units of blood. The goal was raised due to the increase need for blood.
Bring your donor card or a driver’s license, or two other forms of identification when donating. To schedule an appointment or to volunteer to help at the blood drive, please call Nancy Moritz at 218-763-3097.
■ CLC Foundation welcomes new board members
The Central Lakes College Foundation has welcomed four new members to its board of directors. Kevin Donnay, Nathan Hamilton, Steve Wenzl and Jeff Wig will serve terms on the non-profit organization board which is responsible for providing scholarships and other student financial support to the community and technical college in Brainerd and Staples.
In addition to the election of the new board members, the following executive committee assignments were made: Barbara Anderson, president; Pam O’Rourke, vice-president; Tracie McFarlin, treasurer, Brad Person, secretary; and Brian Kirkpatrick,past president. Completing the 19-member board of directors are the following: Jim Benson, Dick Breen, Sherrie Christensen, Richard Fannemel, Ronda Hopkins, Larry Lundblad, Terry McCollough, John Ohlin, Julia Palmer and Tom Reek.
For more information about CLC Foundation or the Board of Directors, contact Pam Thomsen at 218-855-8129.
■ Unique opportunity for CLC machine tool students
The Machine Tool Technology Program at Central Lakes College had a unique opportunity to introduce students to industry training. Kevin Cook, the president of Magnum Machining in Deerwood, offered to bring representatives from Mitsubishi Materials USA Corporation for a three-hour seminar on modern machining practices of the most current tooling available. John Zaremba and Daryl Reinhardt gave presentations on machine tooling. Their lecture focused on efficient material removal and how to maximize high-tech tooling.
■ Pequot Lakes Community Education to offer programs
Adult Basic Education is for GED preparation
The Adult Basic Education program is designed to work with an adult at the level of the adult’s current knowledge. The ABE program starts with a skills assessment and then offers instruction based on the learner’s educational and job needs. The ABE program prepares the adult learner to take the GED test.
Testing is done at a test center. There are five parts to the GED test: Math, reading, writing, social studies and science. A learner must pass all five parts to earn their GED.
Call 218–568-9200 to enroll in the Adult Basic Education program. Classes are free and arranged to fit your schedule.
■ECFE winter class schedule
ECFE classes take place in the new Early Childhood Center, located on the east end of the Eagle View elementary school. Check out the available options and to call Sarah at the ECFE office at 562-7520 to register now
“Infant class” is offered for four weeks on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. The class begins on Jan. 8. This class is for you and your baby from birth through 12 months. Let us know if you will need sibling care.
“Daddy and Me” is a four week class. It meets on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Class dates are Jan. 6, 13, 27 and Feb. 3.
“Ones and Twos” class is for a morning out with your toddler. Choose Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. from Jan. 6 through April 14, or choose Tuesdays from Jan. 7 through April 1.
“Twos and Threes” class includes art, music, circle time activities to participate in together with you child. Part of the class time will be just for the parents to talk about your child’s development. There are two sections of the class to choose from: Monday, from Jan. 6 through to April 14, or Tuesdays from Jan. 7 through to April 1. Both classes meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
“Threes, Fours and Fives – Kinder Prep” class is offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with classes held on either Mondays or Tuesdays. This is a class for a preschool child who will be going into kindergarten in a year or two. Monday classes meet from Jan. 6 until April 14, while the Tuesday class meets from Jan. 7 through to April 1.
“Family Class is for Infants to 5 year olds” and meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. The class starts on Feb. 10 until April 14.
“Music and Art for age 2 to 5” combines learning about music with art projects and a variety of preschool activities. Parents will separate to discuss parenting issues. This class meets on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and goes from Jan. 9 to April 3.
■ St. Paul’s lefse crew
supports Faith in Action
What do you get when you take 425 pounds of potatoes, 200 pounds of flour, 15 quarts of oil, 15 quarts of evaporated milk, seven pounds of sugar, two pounds of salt, grilled to perfection with 600 hours of labor? It’s 324 dozen lefse. That would be a stack of lefse 27 feet high or roughly 3,000 square feet of the Scandinavian delicacy.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hackensack has made their lefse project a long standing tradition, using the proceeds to support local charitable causes through its Fellowship Committee. This year, part of the lefse making fund goes toward St. Paul’s partnership commitment to Faith in Action of Cass County.
Many people helped with the lefse project this year. Costs were kept to a minimum by an opportunity to dig free potatoes led by Jerry Watzke and Terry Watzke, with help from digging crew members Harold Haskin, Ron Brauer, Loralee and Russ Torkelson, and Lois Bohanon. Around two-dozen people helped in the kitchen throughout October and November, mixing and rolling out lefse.