Community News from Fri. Mar. 7 to Thurs. Mar. 13, 2014

The Stickney Crossing Library. It is located at 740 Clearwater Center.
Children and teens ages 10 to 18 are invited to a figure drawing workshop Wed., March 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Artist Shayann Hoffer will provide instruction on the fundamentals of figure drawing, and how to create interesting characters. The workshop will also explore manga and other popular cartoon styles. Participants may bring ideas and personal work to share. Registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Adults and teens are invited to join a Memory Writers group meeting Thurs., March 13 and 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local author Linda Marie will facilitate these informal gatherings in which people can record life stories. No writing experience is necessary.
All ages are invited to enjoy a movie Friday, March 14, 4 to 6 p.m. Contact the library for title information.
All ages are invited to enjoy a movie Sat., March 15, 11 a.m. to 12:45 pm. Contact the library for title information.
Book Club for adults will meet Wed., March 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is an open group of avid readers that likes to share their thoughts on the read of the month. Newcomers are welcome.
Monday Closed; Tues. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.; Wed 3 – 8 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday 3  – 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information, contact the library at 558-6001.
Annandale Library
For more information, contact the Annandale library at 320-274-8448.
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.
Annandale Area Public Library • Hours Mon. 2-5, Tue. 9-1 & 2-5, Wed. 2-8, Fri. 9-12 & 2-5, Sat. 9-12.
The Board of Education Personnel & Negotiations Committee will be meeting at 4 p.m. on the following dates in 2014:  March 10, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug 4, Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 3, and Dec 1. 
The Board of Education Finance & Audit Commit-tee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the following dates in 2014:  March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 13, and Dec 11. 
  The Board of Education Development Committee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the following dates in 2014:  March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, and Dec 9.   The Board of Education Integration & Equity Committee will be meeting at 8 a.m. on the following dates in 2014:  March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11.  
The Board of Education Community Linkages Committee will be meeting at 12 Noon on the following dates in 2014: March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug 14, Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, and Dec 11. 
The Board of Education Legislative Committee will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the following dates in 2014: March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, and Dec 17.   
Board of Education Agenda Planning meetings for the purpose of agenda development for monthly Board of Education meetings and work sessions are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. the following dates in 2014:  March 19, April 2 & 16, May 7 & 14, June 4 & 18, July 2 & 16, Aug 6 & 20, Sept 3 & 17, Oct 1 & 15, Nov 5 & 12, Dec 3 & 10.  
The District 742 Finance Study Group will be meeting Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 12 Noon.
All the above meetings will be held at the District 742 Administration Office, 1000 North 44th Avenue, St. Cloud.
A Spiritual Retreat for Catholic Women (& men) of the St. Cloud Diocese will be held Sat., March 29, 2014, at St. Joseph Church, 12 West Minnesota St., St. Joseph, beginning at 9 a.m..   The theme is “Know Your Faith and Live it”.  Speakers are Sr. Joyce Iten, OSB and Sr. Margaret Michaud, OSB.  Other program items include:  Registration refreshments, Mass  & lunch.
     The Retreat is sponsored by:  St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  
Cost is:  $ 15.00 prior to Mar. 20th; $ 20.00 after and walk-ins.
Send registration check to:  Marlyce Plante, 2293 Pinecone Rd, Sartell, MN   56377 (Ph. 320-252-6158) 
Contact for add’l  info: Pres. Julie Moorhead-Miller, 320-453-3891 or 612-804-5629 
Is It Really A.D.D.?   Certain common vision problems are a dead ringer for Attention Deficit Disorder.  Free workshop teaches parents, teachers and professionals how to identify vision problems that imitate A.D.D. or which make it worse.    
Tues., March 18, 6 to 7:30pm, Omni Vision & Learning Center; Dr. Mary Gregory, 9766 Fallon Avenue Suite 105, Monticello. 
Please call for reservations at 763.314.0664.  
  What ever the weather, the "Goodbye winter... Hello Spring?"  brunch held March 13 at 9:30am at Reichel's Event Center, Annandale is certain to brighten your day. 
Patty Mooseburger from Maple Lake Costume Shop will remind us of the fun of being transformed into  a clown, a queen, a pioneer or Cinderella.  
Great music will be presented by The Strand Family; and speaker Elly McDaniel, changed by living in a third world country will talk about "What We Take for Granted".  
Invite your friends and make reservations by calling Sheree before 8pm at 320-963-6625, Dawn at 612-723-3905 or email:  
Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.
The 2014 Monticello Photo Show!
The Monticello Camera Clubs 11th Annual Monticello Photo Show Sat. and Sun. March 29-30 in River City Extreme’s newly remodeled banquet room.
Admission to the photo show is free, and everyone is welcome to attend and vote for their favorite entries.
For more information, visit, or call Bob Somerville at 763-295-3179.
A CoDA HOW meeting will be held at Faith Lutheran Church every Thursday evening at 7 p.m.. 
Faith Lutheran is located at 12449 Clementa Ave NW, Monticello, just north of the entry to Lake Maria State Park. 
Please contact Karen at 320-963-7037 or if you have any questions.
The Council of Catholic Women invite all area women to their annual Deanery Lenten Retreat to be held Tues., March 11 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Avenue, S, Buffalo.
The day begins with registration at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
The topic for the day will be “Renew my Heart”. The cost for the day is $30. For reservations call 763-682-1394.
  Wright County Community Action (WCCA) offers MNsure navigation assistance if you need help finding health insurance coverage for you, your family or for your small business, 
Open enrollment through MNsure began Oct. 1, 2013 and runs through March 31, 2014. 
Contact WCCA at 320-963-6500 for more information or to request an appointment with a MNsure Navigator. 
Volunteer Drivers Needed
Wright County Human Services is looking for people who enjoy driving and helping their neighbors.  Licensed drivers with current insurance and reliable vehicles are needed to transport the elderly to medical appointments.  If you are looking for a rewarding activity that benefits Wright County residents, consider Volunteer Transportation.  Drivers are reimbursed for mileage at $.50 per mile and for meals and parking incurred outside of the county.  
If you are interested, contact Kathy DeMars, Volunteer Transportation Coordinator, at 763-682-7487, or toll free at 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7487.
2014 Physically Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt
 The 10th Annual Physically Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt is scheduled for May 6-8, 2014, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls.
Veterans interested in participating should contact Dennis Erie at (320) 255-6365, for application instructions.
Becker Area Senior Center (BASC) located in Becker City Hall Room 140 is open every week Tues and Thurs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Join us for coffee, snacks, conversation, cards and much more. Stop by and visit with your neighbors and friends.  Speakers are invited on a regular basis to speak on many different subjects. 
Questions, call Carol Brunn 320-248-5976
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. 
A family support group meets in St. Cloud at 7 p.m., on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road.  
For information, call Mike at 320-259-7101 or 320-492-2024.
Free Nutrition Class for Cancer Patients and Survivors
The Monticello Cancer Center is offering free nutrition classes for cancer patients and survivors the second Wed of every month at 1 p.m. at the Monticello Cancer Center. Topics addressed include benefits of good nutrition, managing eating problems during treatment, how to read food labels and how to eat well after cancer treatment ends. All are welcome to attend.
For more information about these informative nutrition education classes, call the Monticello Cancer Center at 763-271-2800.
  St. Cloud Hospital offers three simple 15-minute screenings to determine risk for stroke, peripheral vascular disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Cost is $40 for each screening. You do not need a doctor’s referral for these screenings.
Consider the screenings if you are older than 55 and have one or more of the following risk factors:
·Family history of stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm or heart disease;
·High blood pressure;
·Nicotine use;
·High cholesterol;
·Lack of exercise and/or obesity.
To schedule a weekday appointment, please call Imaging Services at CentraCare Health Plaza
at (320) 229-4986. A new Special Olympic team in the Clearwater, Annandale area!  Ready to get out of the house?  Want to join a team?  We'll walk, run, jump and throw on the Track and Field team forming NOW.  
Open to individuals aged 8 to 88 and ALL ability levels.  Medical release is required.  
The Compassionate Friends (on-going support group for grieving parents experiencing the death of a child of any age) Website
Monticello Chapter: Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 7 PM at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 1001 7th St. E, Monticello. Contact: Beth at (763) 295-3610.
POMC (Parents of Murdered Children or other family members) Group meets quarterly the 3rd Sunday of each month at Life Transitions Services. Contact Rita R. for additional information
about the group and/or annual sponsored events (320) 252-5283.
Catholic Charities Life Transitions Services, 312 2nd Ave N, Sauk Rapids
Contact: Lois 320-529-0427.
 In addition to the support groups listed on the Public Service Announcement, Life Transitions also offers:
New Clearwater/Clear Lake/Palmer Republicans (CCP) are looking for new members.
If you are interested in joining your local republicican party call 320-290-0465.
Meetings are the 1st Monday of each month. “Let your voice be heard.”
Canine Agility of Central Minnesota located in St. Cloud, MN
For class and club information call Dorein Johnson, 320-558-6898 or check out the website at: http://www.
Are you in recovery from drugs or alcohol? Bring your friends and family to fun-filled sober events. You do not need to be a graduate of Recovery Plus — everyone is welcome. Events are from 6-9 p.m. on the third Sat of each month at Recovery Plus, 713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud. Each month is a new activity. 
For more information, call (320) 229-3760, ext. 23804. Participation in a planning meeting is encouraged.
Al-Anon/AC Meeting
Meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. at Church of Mary of the Visitation (12100 Sherburne Ave in Becker.  For information call763-275-0110.
NA Meeting, Wed 7 p.m. United Methodist Church, 405 Main Street, Clearwater.
A.A./Al-Anon combined meeting Sun., 7 p.m. at CW Methodist Church, 405 Main Street.
Contact A.A. 320-558-2815, Al-Anon 320-558-6613.
A.A. Meeting Monday nights at 7 pm Clearwater, St. Lukes Church. Call 320-558-6129 or 763-360-9935.
Families of children with special health care needs are invited to attend the CentraCare Family Connection - Families Special Health Care Needs Network meeting. The group meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the lower level at the CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle.
For more information, contact group facilitators John and Brianna Inkster at (320) 230-2068.
  The Wright County Law Library announces a new community public service program designed to assist low income residents with various family law problems without charge.
Times of the law clinic are from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and those signed up are taken on a first come-first served basis for a one time consultation.
For more information call the Wright County Law Librarian John McCooley at 763-682-7592.
On behalf of the Wright County Veterans Service Office we would like to “Welcome Home” all soldiers!  Please do not forget to stop in the office to have your DD-214’s recorded as well as the follow up of medical and other benefits.  
All veterans are welcome.  Our office hours are 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We are located in room C-114, first floor of Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo.
Phone number is 763-682-7325 or 763-682-7326.
  Senior LinkAge Line/ RX Connect™
High prescription drug costs continue to plaque Minnesota consumers.  
The LinkAge Line/RX Connect™ program offers free personalized assistance to help consumers find low cost prescriptions drug assistance.
Several prescription programs exist through the pharmaceutical companies, as well as with the Minnesota HealthCare Programs and Social Security for those qualifying individuals regardless of age.
For more information or assistance in enrolling in a reputable program, call the LinkAge Line today at 1-800-333-2433
Wright County Community Action currently has programs available to assist individuals who are in the process of rental eviction or mortgage foreclosure.
Participants must be income eligible, unable to receive assistance from other sources, housing must be affordable, and participants must agree to participate in WCCA’s Family Budgeting program.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call WCCA at 320-963-6500.
Voices of Women - Central MN Sexual Assault Center is offering a support group for adult women.
Group meetings are once a week for 10-14 weeks.  Group dates and times remain flexible at this time.  Please contact our Center for more information.
The group will be held at Central MN Sexual Assault Center located on the eastside of St. Cloud.  If you are interested contact Bethany or any staff member at 320-251-4357.
Wright County Public Health offers cholesterol testing in the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Van.  The entire test (the fasting complete profile) takes about 30 minutes.  There is a $30 fee.
For WOW Van sites, appointments or questions call Rosemary at 682-7717 or toll free 1-800-362-3667, Ext. 7717.  These services are provided by Wright County Public Health.
Tutor with Minnesota Literacy Council!  Help someone in your community..learn English, Become a US Citizen, Earn their GED, Gain their adult diploma, Learn basic computer skills, Learn to read.
Casie Moen, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (651) 645-2277 ext 219.
Suicide Loss Support Group.  A peer group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide.
Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th Street N, St. Cloud.  All faiths welcome.  No charge.  Confidentiality respected.  Questions please call 320-529-0427.
Widowed Hope and General Bereavement Support Group.  A peer group for widowed men and women or those who are grieving the loss of other loved ones.
Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th Street N, St. Cloud.  All faiths welcome.  No charge.  Confidentiality respected.  Questions please call 320-529-0427.
Separated/Divorced Support Group.  Offered every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Caritas Family Services, 911 18th St. N., St. Cloud.  No charge.  
All faiths welcome.  No charge.  Confidentiality respected.  Questions please call 320-529-0427.
Grief Support
Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 1257 Second Street N, St. Cloud
Contact: Linda at 320-654-1136.
Grief Support Group (on-going support group for death of a loved one) Wed, 7 to 8:30 pm; no charge
Contact: any funeral home or the Children’s Grief Connection by phone toll free 1-877-226-7632 or by email:


Mike Zdychnec, Executive Program Director for Healthcare Management at MN School of Business. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

JEN SCHUMACHER (far left), applauds as 15-year-old Matthew Trutna wins the 2015 Team Liam 5K Saturday. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).

Kathleen R. Huber

DANCERS FROM JENNIFER’S DANCE CENTER will be performing at Disney World in Florida in October. Pictured (front row, left to right), are Grace Esselman, Lillian St. Jean, Sophia Gerou, Kailey Buchta, Rowan Payne and Hannah Oakes. Middle row are Amelia Cameron, Brianna Anthony, Jacqie Bengtson, Gianna Mitchell, Alex Dillion, Abby Yanke and Rose Curtis. Back row are Tori Ramert, Alexis Erickson, Sophia St. Ives, Tiana Link, Rachel Royseth, Kristian Kunkel, Brooklynn Bengtson, Nicole Bengtson and Kendall Luoma. Not pictured are Haylee Oakes and Melanie Miskowic. (Submitted photo).

FIVE GIRLS FROM MARY OF THE VISITATION CHURCH’S YOUTH GROUP helped Gail Stanley (not pictured) of Big Lake pack her belongings for a move she was taking to Princeton last weekend. The girls are (from left to right): Bridget Buchholz, Jasmine Johnson, Michaela Manifold, Brittney Kostek and Josie Berger. (Photo by Bill Morgan)
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