Sen. Paul Wellstone, Patty Wetterling and other officials are among the guests scheduled to attend the open house celebration for the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center from 1:45 to 5 p.m. June 2.
The 4,000-square-foot center at 2602 Oak St. will be used for supervised child visitations and exchanges of children between custodial and visiting parents.
In addition to Wellstone and Wetterling, who has been a longtime activist on behalf of missing children, other guests include Sheila Wellstone, James McNutt, Justice Russell Anderson, Rep. Kris Hasskamp, DFL-Crosby, and Angie Borg.
Borg's two sons, Alex, 5, and Brandon, 4, were killed in 1996 by their father, a non-custodial parent. He is now serving two 30-year prison sentences. The boys were living in Brainerd with their mother at the time. The two parents were separated and engaged in a custody battle.
Borg and the Women's Center of Mid-Minnesota are hosting the event.
offers summer fun
Two programs for children ages 3 to 5 are being sponsored by Brainerd School District Community Education.
Summer preschool for children who are eligible for kindergarten in September 2000 will be offered. Children will be offered a three-week mini-school experience. Classes are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. four days a week.
Story Time and Music Express programs will be offered at three different elementary schools.
For more information contact the Early Childhood Center at the East Brainerd Mall at 829-0412.
CARE committee meeting set Tuesday
The CARE children, youths and families committee will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Sawmill Inn in Brainerd.
CARE is open to anyone who is interested in dialogue on programs and collaborative work that will benefit Crow Wing County children, youths and families. The committee has developed a youth services brochure.
Contact committee chair Julie Despot at 824-1065 to receive a brochure. CARE directories are also on sale. Call Despot to receive the 2000 version of the CARE directory. Cost for the 200-page directory is $30.
Area businesses support teen pregnancy prevention efforts
"Don't let a hot date turn into a due date."
That's the message printed on cards reminding area prom goers that abstinence is the only 100 percent safe way to avoid a pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease.
April and May are target months for the efforts of the Crow Wing County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition. With springtime comes prom and an increase in the opportunities for risky behavior.
For the second year, Coco Moon coffee shop offered "buy one/get one free" coupons to be printed on the prom cards. Many other area businesses supported the abstinence message by helping to distribute more than 600 of the bright golden cards to prom goers. Florist shops added them to prom flower boxes, formal wear rental outlets put cards in tuxedo pockets and tanning salons gave them to teens coming in to work on their tans.
Thanks to the efforts of these businesses and the work of others around Crow Wing County, teen pregnancy rates are going down. In 1993 the pregnancy rate was 67 per 1,000 females ages 15-19. In 1998, the rate had dropped to 36 per 1,000.
For more information on teen pregnancy prevention, call the University of Minnesota extension office in Brainerd at 824-1065.
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