Newsleader closed July 1-5
The Newsleader office will be closed July 1-5. A July 5 edition will not be published. The office will reopen on July 8 and will resume weekly publications beginning July 12.
Common Ground asks for surplus produce
The Common Ground Garden at St. Benedict’s Monastery will host a space to share surplus produce. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m Mondays, anyone with surplus produce is invited to drop it off at the garden. Anyone is welcome to stop by and pick up surplus produce. You are then invited to share the produce with friends or family, help out in the garden, leave a donation to support our ministry, or pay the generosity forward and do something kind for someone in the community. The garden is located on the edge of the College of St. Benedict campus next to the big yellow barn.
Remember the market for your picnic
Market Monday has all you need for your 4th of July picnic. Beef, pork and chicken for the grill plus, produce fresh from the field. Also available, ice coffee concentrate, honey, syrup, baked goods, tea, dried and fresh herbs, your friends and neighbors and so much more. Come enjoy the park, trails and river near our new location at Sartell City Hall.
Furniture drive set Saturday
Messiah Lutherna Church, Sartell, is holding a furniture drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29.
Items accepted include: couches, love seats, hutches, lamps, easy chairs, recliners, rockers, kitchen tables and chairs, end tables, night stands, accent tables, dressers, bed sets, TV stands, TVs (32 inches or smaller), head boards and matching bed sets, and microwaves.
Items with rips, stains, rust or mold will not be accepted.
Call Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project for more information or to schedule pick-up at 320-656-9004. Funded in part by the Otto Bremer Foundation, United Way of Central Minnesota, Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls.
Lymes Disease group meets July 8
Learn more about Lyme Disease by attending a support group meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Good Earth Co-op at 2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. The next meeting is July 8.
Rabies reminder from Animal Control Division
With the upcoming warmer weather, there will be an increase in wild animal activity resulting in more interactions between humans and wild animals. The Health and Inspections Department wants to caution the public to take special care to avoid contact with any wild animal and to report any animal acting abnormally or appearing sick.
If you are bitten by any animal, wild or domestic, or if you come into contact with infectious material (such as saliva), it’s important the animal be collected for quarantine or testing.
To report a potential rabid animal or to report a bite, please notify your local Health Department or Animal Control for more information or assistance.
As a reminder, children should be taught never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic. Rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets must be kept current. For more information on rabies prevention, visit the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies or visit the Minnesota Department of Health rabies webpage at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/disease/rabies/index.html.
MS support group meets Tuesdays
Opportunity Matters Inc., in collaboration with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, has an MS Center that supports people affected by MS and their families, in the local community and beyond. The OMI MS Center also provides a monthly educational/informational program with speakers including MS-certified nurses, neurologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, motivational speakers and exercises specialists to name a few. Anyone interested in learning more about Multiple Sclerosis or connecting to resources, is always welcome to visit the group. The group meets from 2-4 p.m. every Tuesday and the MS Resource library is open every Thursday afternoon. On casual Tuesdays, group participants collaborate with the OMI intern to plan activities that always involve food, laughter and social interaction – a safe place to just be yourself and let MS take a back seat for a couple of hours. The next scheduled educational program is July 16 with Karen Fuecker, MS-certified registered nurse and shared solutions nurse educator.
Library essay contest to find blue-ribbon winner
Great River Regional Library is giving teens and children a chance to win a blue ribbon and visit the Minnesota State Fair this year.
The library is having a Blue Ribbon Reader contest for children and teens ages 8 to 18. They are being asked to hand-write a one page essay to answer this question: Why do you love to read? All entries must be completed on the official essay entry sheet available from the library. Entries must be submitted to a branch of Great River Regional Library on or before Saturday, July 27.
Each of the library’s 32 branches will select a winner. A grand-prize winner will be selected from those, and he or she will receive four free tickets to the Minnesota State Fair together with a big blue ribbon. The Minnesota State Fair has a Read and Ride Day on Wednesday, Aug. 28. On that date, public library card holders will receive a discounted admission ticket price when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card (one discount per card).