A new statewide study is testing a novel idea – teaching non-smokers new ways to approach and support a friend or family member about their smoking. The study is funded by ClearWay Minnesota, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the harm of tobacco in Minnesota. “Friends and family really want to help their smoker quit smoking,” said Raymond Boyle, ClearWay Minnesota Director of Research.
First elected in 2002, Rep. Dean Urdahl is an author and retired educator. He has written a trilogy about the U.S. – Dakota Conflict, also known as the Sioux Uprising. The Uprising started across the lake from Rep. Urdahl’s home and his great-grandfather buried the conflict’s first five victims. He is speaking Friday, March 22, in the Detroit Lakes Library at 7 p.m. Learn more about The Beat Goes On Series at www.larl.org/legacy .
If you’re thinking about giving to the Becker County Food Pantry, now is the time. You have until the end of the month to donate and still have it count toward Minnesota FoodShare, which will match cash donations dollar for dollar and food donations pound for pound in March, also known as FoodShare Month. The March food drive is the most important drive of the year for the Becker County Food Pantry. Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz said the need just seems to keep on growing. The pantry served 15,607 people in 2012, up from 13,024 people the year before.
There have been a lot of broken hearts in our family. The formula is simple: one of your kids has a romance with a guy or gal that the family learns to love. Then they break up for reasons the family never learns. The kid moves on to another romance and the family never ─ or rarely ─ gets to see the old boyfriend or girlfriend again and aches for the loss. The kid gets to say goodbye but the family never does.
Happenings is free, and submissions are run on a first-come, first-serve basis and as space allows. Happenings entries that include date, time and place, as well as a contact person’s name and telephone number, of an event can be e-mailed to Pippi Mayfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted online at www.dl-online.com .
Cigarettes almost certainly will be more expensive in Minnesota following this year’s legislative session, and it’ll be thanks to a tax increase worth cheering.
Personal finance expert and award-winning journalist Chris Farrell will be the guest speaker at the 21st annual Bigwood Lecture on Tuesday, April 2, in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Farrell is a familiar voice to fans of public radio, where he was the host and executive editor of Right on the Money, a nationally syndicated personal finance series produced by Twin Cities Public Television.
Hospice of the Red River Valley is offering the following grief and loss programs this spring. Registration is required and space is limited. Journeying Through Grief will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays from April 8 - 29. This is a four-session workshop for recently bereaved adults to help them understand their grief, explore methods of self-care and to embrace memories. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 3, and the registration fee is $20.
Blood drive coordinator, Mary Lee and the Eagles Club have sponsored a very successful blood drive. The drive, held in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 9, saw 41 people volunteer to donate blood and 35 were able to give. Three people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 38 products were collected. Six of the donors gave blood for the first time.
A limited number of for-profit organizations will be accepted to demonstrate their products, services and materials at Nature Meets Design, a lakescaping and rain garden event organized by the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations (OTC COLA). Native plant nurseries and landscape professionals (who design, install and maintain ecologically healthy shorelands, wetlands and rain gardens) are invited to submit a proposal to exhibit at the event that will take place in the afternoon of April 27 at Thumper Pond in Ottertail.