The Kitchigami Regional Library Board is changing its Internet use policy after energetic debate at its regular board meeting June 15.
Beginning July 1, all public use computers at the nine branch libraries in the five-county region will provide filters that block Web sites that contain materials that are considered obscene or harmful to minors under state or federal law. Signage in the branches will reinforce the restrictions on Internet use.
The board revised its policy following the state's requirement that public libraries restrict access to materials that may be considered pornographic and that might be viewed by people under age 17.
In conjunction with the restrictions on Internet use, Kitchigami Regional Library has instituted a complaint process, similar to that for printed materials, for Web sites. An employee committee will review disputed Web sites.
Visit Nisswa depot complex and Pioneer Village
NISSWA -- The historic Nisswa depot complex, sitting park and Pioneer Village on Main Street in Nisswa will be open 1-4 p.m. daily, including on the Fourth of July.
All visitors and community residents are invited to view the railroad and resort history of the area and walk through a turn-of-the-century village with antiques and mannequins.
Admission is free to the depot complex and $1.40 to the village. The buildings are staffed and maintained by the Nisswa Caboose Society.
Carnival planned for Garrison playground
GARRISON -- A carnival is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to help support the building of the Garrison playground.
The carnival will be across from the Garrison VFW and will feature remote control car races, race cars, putting green, football toss, moon walk, basketball shootout, duck pond, fish pond, coin toss, ring toss, pony cart rides, minnow races, face painting, bean bag toss and a prize wheel.
Hot dogs, nachos and cheese, jumbo pickles, popcorn and ice cream will be available.
Cancer help group forming in Staples
STAPLES -- Lakewood Health System in association with the American Cancer Society, Minnesota Division, announces a cancer mutual help group will be available July 17.
Sharing experiences with others can be valuable and can be a significant factor in lessening depression, resolving anxieties and enhancing coping skills. This type of help not only supports an individual facing the crisis, but can be mutually beneficial for all participants.
Living With Cancer will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month beginning July 17 in the board room of the lower level of the Lakewood Clinic in Staples. To get to the board room, enter the emergency entrance driveway at Greater Staples Hospital. There is ample parking available. Come into the lower level of the clinic using the east door.
For more information and to register, call the Lakewood Health System Education Department at 894-0332 or 1-800-525-8344.
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