Taking care of the Veteran you love can be an incredibly demanding job. In the spirit of honoring those family caregivers of our nation’s heroes, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System will host a Celebration of Caregivers Event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8) on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus, located at 4801 Veterans Drive in St. Cloud.
VA provides a number of services to support and educate caregivers of veterans. Attendees can learn about these services, network with other caregivers of veterans, and discover tips for self-care.
If you live within city limits, you can run for city council in either Eden Valley or Kimball.
Eden Valley will hold a special election in January, and is looking for individuals interested in running for that office (vacated when Cheryl Thielen moved away). Call Mona Haag at the city office at (320) 453-5251.
Kimball will appoint a replacement councilmember (after Nate Osmundson moved away). Anyone interested in this appointment should call Nicole Pilarski at the city office at (320) 398-2725.
The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, veterans, and their families by sending holiday cards this holiday season.
Through Dec. 6, Americans can create and send cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world.
“While it may not seem like much, a hand-written note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference,” says Phil Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region.
The Northern Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross will support Holiday Mail for Heroes with a card signing event at the Mall of America on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Nordstrom Court. Everyone is welcome. Cards will be provided. Thank you to Deluxe Corporation and CenterPoint Energy for generous support.
The Maine Prairie Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Township Hall at 7551 Dellwood Road.
At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Watkins city council approved the purchase and installation of playground equipment for a portion of the new V.F.W. Park in Glenshire Estates on the west side of town. The playground area is 33 x 89 feet, and the equipment, installation, and finishing will cost $19,636; the vendor is Midwest Playscapes in Chaska. The Parks committee has the funds to pay this, and the purchase will be made after Jan. 1, through the City.
Deputy Josh Case reported that there were 47 calls in September including 11 traffic stops. There has been one more theft by check (after a number of them last month in the area). There was a suicide in town Tuesday afternoon, and he wanted to clarify that there was no danger to anyone else (after rumors were flying over text messages and the like). Because Meeker County is identified as one of the 13 deadliest counties in the state, the Sheriff’s Office will participate in Safe & Sober patrols for seatbelt use over the next month.