■ Essentia Health offers free ‘Healthy Hour’ education classes to the public
Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic is offering free education classes the first Thursday of every month.
Classes will take place from 1-2 p.m. in meeting room A on the second floor of the Brainerd Clinic, 2024 South 6th St. in Brainerd. A light snack of fresh fruit, coffee and water will be included.
• Feb. 6 — Heart Health. Participants are asked to wear red to honor National Go Red for Women Heart Day, which is celebrated on Feb. 7; Step up and exercise with Ashley Palmer, athletic trainer; Anne Schmidt, cardiology nurse practitioner from Brainerd Lakes Heart and Vascular Center, will review heart failure and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat); goal setting for the month.
• March 6 — Colorectal cancer screening and stroke; Step up and exercise with Palmer; Melonee Ruhl, gastroenterology nurse practitioner, explains current recommendations for colorectal cancer screenings and why it is important; Dr. Byrns, internal medicine physician, reviews the signs and symptoms of stroke; goal setting.
• April 3 — Warming Up Outside: Protecting Ourselves from Tick-borne Illnesses; Step up and exercise with Palmer; MaryLee Kreger, nurse practitioner, discusses tick-borne illnesses; goal setting.
• May 1 — My Aching Joints; Step up and exercise with Palmer; Dr. Vasey, rheumatologist, clarifies osteoarthritis versus rheumatoid arthritis (and the other achy-itis’) and what treatment options are there; Christina Liane, Joint Wellness Camp Care coordinator, provides information on joint replacement; goal setting.
• June 5 — Enjoying the Sounds of Summer; Step up and exercise with Palmer; Whitnea Engelbrecht, doctorate of audiology, will instruct us on hearing loss; goal setting.
■ Central Lakes College Dean’s Report
Wanda Synstelien, Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Central Lakes College will present a performance on Jan. 18 by the band Steeling Dan, a fixture on the Minneapolis music scene since 2002 which specializes in the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. Book your tickets for this Chalberg theatre event soon.
• As Valentine’s Day looms ever closer, make plans to see the Central Lakes College play, I Hate Hamlet, Feb. 13-22. This comedic show, presented at the Chalberg Theatre, will be certain to entertain a wide audience.
Chris Hadfield, Dean of Career and Technical Programs
• The Natural Resources Club at CLC assisted the Brainerd Chapter of the MDHA (MN Deer Hunters Association) with their Hides for Habitat collection this fall. The students worked for a number of afternoon sessions cleaning and salting in the processing of nearly 800 deer hides. The Brainerd Chapter of MDHA presented the NR Club a $600 check for their efforts.
Mary Sam, Director of Diversity, Equity and Tribal Relations
• On Jan. 8 CLC faculty and staff participated in a full day of training on “Bridges out of Poverty.”
• Out Front Minnesota: “Bullying: Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act” will present from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Chalberg Theater. This event for anyone concerned about bullying or interested in learning more about the proposed bullying legislation. The presentation will cover the current anti-bullying legislation as well as the proposed Safe and Supportive MN Schools Act. There will be personal sharing by those affected by bullying, and a panel will facilitate a question and answer session.
• Mixed Blood Theater production: “Black Eagle” will present at 11 a.m. Jan. 30 in the Brainerd campus gymnasium.
Michael Amick, Dean of Academic and Technology Services
• Michael Olesen has accepted the role of consortium grant manager for the Rural Information Technology Alliance Grant from the Department of Labor. CLC is part of this consortium to develop new computer technology degrees along with Pine Technical College, Ridgewater College and North Central Texas College.
• Prior to spring semester starting at CLC, faculty will receive training on using MnSCU’s MediaSpace, a statewide higher education online media management system. MediaSpace allows instructors to record and upload videos that can be easily shared with students.
Betsy Picciano, Director of Secondary Relations
• On Jan. 31 the Staples Campus will host a CLC Career Fair. An estimated 590 High School students from the following high schools will be participating: Staples-Motley, Browerville, Pillager, Brainerd, Verndale, Royalton, Pine River-Backus, Aitkin and Little Falls.
• College in the School Students from Greenway High School will be visiting Central Lakes College on Feb. 4 along with their instructors. All will be participating in various college life types of campus activities.
■ C-I Class of 1958 to meet
The Crosby-Ironton class of 1958 will meet for lunch at noon Wednesday at Jack’s House.