At 7 a.m. Thursday at the Black Bear Lodge and Saloon the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center will hold its eighth annual Alex and Brandon "Invest in Kids" breakfast.
This year's speaker is Louise Seliski, founder of the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center. She will tell her story about Alex and Brandon and the impetus for her to build the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center.
An individual ticket for the breakfast is $56. An underwriter ticket is $100 and will buy two breakfasts and get recognition at the event and in the program. A Patron ticket is $200 and will buy four breakfasts and well as recognition at the event and in the program. A Benefactor ticket is $400 and will buy six breakfasts as well as recognition at the event and in the program, as well as a special keepsake. A Down Right Saintly ticket is any contribution over $400 and will buy eight breakfasts, all the aforementioned recognition, a keepsake and the center's "undying gratitude."
For more information call Angie at (218) 828-1306.
University official to speak to Brainerd Rotary on Oct. 26
Dan Erkkila, head of the University of Minnesota's North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, will speak at the Brainerd Rotary Club meeting at noon Oct. 26, at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center, 2115 South Sixth St.
His topic will be "Building and Sustaining a Strong Economy: the University of Minnesota's Unique Role."
To RSVP contact Mary Kay Delvo, director of advocacy and public policy and Alumni Association representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 626-1417.
Cost of lunch will be collected at the door.
Harrison School principal will discuss education Oct. 18
The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area will meet at noon on Oct. 14 at the Brainerd Public Library.
The meeting is open to the public. Lisa Morgan, the new principal at Harrison School in Brainerd, will speak on the challenges in elementary school education, especially how poverty affects learning.
Morgan has 20 years of experience in education. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in elementary education and spent her first years teaching seventh grade at St. Francis. In 1990, she was hired as a Title 1 teacher for at-risk students at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd. She originally pursued a master's degree in special studies, but she decided to seek an administration degree instead, giving her the opportunity to lead staff. In addition to acting as principal, Morgan will also serve as the Title 1 coordinator for the district and administrator of the birth to 3 years and 3 to 5 years programs.
Education Minnesota, Pequot Lakes to host school board forum Oct. 18
PEQUOT LAKES - A school board candidate forum, hosted by Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes, will be conducted on Oct.18. A meet-and-greet will begin in the high school commons area at 6:30 p.m. followed by the formal candidate forum at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Free child care, available in the cafeteria, will be provided by the high school Interact Club.
Crow Wing, Cass DFL to host annual fall dinner in Nisswa
NISSWA - Area Democrats are invited to meet DFL candidates at the Crow Wing and Cass County DFL eighth annual fall dinner at the Nisswa American Legion Club, 25807 Main Street on Oct. 16. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., dinner and program follow at 6 p.m.
All state DFL-endorsed candidates running for office November 2 are invited, including: Mark Dayton, Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, and Attorney General Lori Swanson. Also invited are locally endorsed candidates including Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, Senate District 4; Taylor Stevenson - Senate District 12; Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, House District 4A; Meg Bye - House District 4B; Rep. John Ward, DFL-Minn., House District 12A; and Al Doty - House District 12B.
Seating is limited to 200. To reserve a ticket, send a $25 check to: Crow Wing DFL Treasurer, PO Box 254, Brainerd MN 56401 by Friday. Tickets will be $30 at the door if any seats are available. There will be a live auction.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Gwen Besnett at 543-6919.
Olson fundraiser Saturday in Crooked Lake Township
OUTING - Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, will attend a fundraiser from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Crooked Lake Town Hall near Outing.
Eating disorders group to sponsor first walk in Brainerd/Baxter area
The National Eating Disorders Association will conduct its first annual NEDA Walk in Baxter and in many of other cities around the country to raise awareness and funding to battle anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.
The NEDA Walk in Baxter will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Northland Arboretum. For information on how to register, sponsor a walker, or donate to NEDA, visit www.myneda.org.
Nearly 10 million women and one million men in the US suffer from anorexia and bulimia; millions more from binge eating disorder. These illnesses affect people from all walks of life. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
"Until recently, most people have suffered in silence with eating disorders," said Lynn Grefe, NEDA CEO. "The Walk is a way of breaking the silence, creating community, and giving people the opportunity to join together and do something to help eradicate these debilitating illnesses."
Lauren Johnson, former Miss Brainerd, encouraged everyone to join the NEDA Walk to help families affected in the Brainerd/Baxter area to overcome these illnesses and, ultimately, to find a cure.
The funds will be used to support the educational and advocacy programs NEDA offers to support families affected by eating disorders.
For more information about the walk in the Brainerd/Baxter area, please contact Lauren Johnson at 828-1950.
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