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News briefs March 13

United Way fund drive almost complete

The Wadena Area United Way board learned recently that the fund drive is three-quarters of the way to its fund-raising goal for the current campaign. The goal is $25,000.

Two business contributors were cited for having successful in-house drives. They were Tri-County Hospital with the highest total, and UPS for having the highest percentage of employees contributing. In the service/non-profit sector, Congregational United Church of Christ gave the highest amount.

Most of the monies pledged to the fourteen agencies which United Way supports will be paid in the spring, so contributions can still be made so the goal can be reached. Contributions may be sent to Box 22, Wadena, MN 56482.

Pregnant Pause class on tap March 22

Pregnant women, women thinking about getting pregnant, spouses, partners, friends, family and other supportive community members are invited to take a 'Pregnant Pause' on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the lower level classrooms at Lakewood Health System's Main Campus.

Pregnant Pause is an event that brings awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is sponsored by Lakewood Health System, Staples Rotary and MOFAS.

The event is free and participants will enjoy samples of non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be served. Participants will also have the opportunity to make unique crafts and enjoy other fun activities. Registered attendees will receive free baby gifts, a diaper bag filled with necessities and be entered for a chance to win other great door prizes.

To register, contact Kelly Riepe at (218) 894-8336.