Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel announced a new service available to his deputies when investigating reports of missing children.
"A Child is Missing" is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Florida and dedicated to assisting law enforcement in locating missing children through early phone notifications to every registered phone in a geographical area.
According to Wetzel, the "A Child Is Missing" system works by utilizing high-tech phone equipment capable of sending a recording of vital information to up to 1,000 phones within a 60-second period. The recording will provide a description of the child and the number of the local police or sheriff to be called if a citizen would happen to see the child. The age of the child, time since last seen and other information will determine how large a geographical area will receive the calls.
ACIM also can alert people of hazards or situations other than missing children such as an escaped fugitive, chemical spills or critical incidents at schools.
The system works from a database of published phone numbers. Those with unpublished or cell phone numbers would not receive the alerts unless they would pre-enroll with ACIM. To enroll visit www.achildismissing.org. Unlisted cell phone numbers will not be published or sold to any database other than ACIM.
Youth as Resources to host Brunch with Santa
Youth as Resources will host the 38th annual Brunch with Santa from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids ages 3-12.
Entertainment will be provided by the Just For Kix dancers. The Golden Years Gift Shop will be open with special gifts made by grandmothers and grandfathers.
Tickets are available from Brainerd Community Action, YMCA, Brainerd Community Education, Brainerd Dispatch and the Northland Arboretum.
For more information, call 829-5278.
Pequot Lakes School District to host curriculum advisory committee meeting Monday
PEQUOT LAKES - The Pequot Lakes School District will host its second curriculum advisory committee meeting of the school year at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school gathering room.
This meeting is open to all parents, community residents, staff and students who are interested in academic standards at the elementary level, middle level and high school level.
The focus of this meeting will be an update and discussion on reading literacy in the district. Newly implemented programs being used with students from elementary to high school will be presented by school staff with time afterward for questions and comments.
The school district also is looking for community members who reside within the school district to serve on its curriculum advisory committee. This committee may make recommendations to the school board on district-wide standards, assessments, curriculum and program evaluation.
For more information contact district curriculum coordinator Lynn Couch at (218) 568-9326 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
MMA's Dehen evaluates pay-for-performance programs
The Minnesota Medical Association, a group headed by Dr. James Dehen of Brainerd, has issued its first examination and evaluation of Minnesota's pay-for-performance programs.
The report, according to a statement, looked at various health plans and government programs and evaluated pay-for-performance programs on how well they met the MMA's criteria for effective incentive programs.
"Pay-for-performance programs in Minnesota may be meeting some of the MMA's criteria, but there is significant room for improvement in how these programs are implemented and in how they can be effective," Dehen, MMA's president, said.
The MMA report said Minnesota has nine programs that include at least 117 measures for 63 different disease states. The small differences among programs create enormous challenges for practices resulting in unnecessary administrative burdens, Dehen said.
Community education advisory panel to meet Monday
The Brainerd School District Community Education Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Washington Educational Services Building Room No. 200 in Brainerd.
The public is invited to attend.
Civil service commission to meet Monday
The Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Monday at Brainerd City Hall to certify the police officer eligibility roster.
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