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News briefs - Oct. 9 edition

VFW seeks nominations for teacher award

VFW launched the National Citizenship Education Teacher award program in 1991 to recognize classroom teachers for promotion citizenship education, which is a slate of programs dedicated to stimulating students' interest in America's history, traditions, institutions, civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism. Any classroom teacher (teaching at least half of the school day in a classroom environment) in one of three categories - K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 - and licensed by the state of Minnesota is eligible to be nominated.

Nominations can be submitted by anyone except relatives and the teachers themselves.

For more information or to get a nomination packet, contact Jim White at (218) 631-3211. The deadline for him to receive nominations is Nov. 1.

Women's Day Out slated for Nov. 2

Tri-County Health Care's Women's Day Out returns on Sunday, Nov. 2, focusing on health, organizational tips, inspiration and style trends perfect for today's busy women.

The annual event will be held at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School from 1 to 5:15 p.m. and features educational booths, health screenings, cooking demonstrations and breakout sessions. Women will have the chance to connect face-to-face with medical providers and other healthcare professionals, enjoy cooking demonstrations, attend breakout sessions and hear keynote speaker Joan Steffend speak on rediscovering who you were born to be.

Women's Day Out is a free educational event that focuses on life, health, families and relationships. Free childcare will be available at M State to allow moms the flexibility to bring their children if they wish. Experts will be speaking about "Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for a Healthy Life", "Organizing Yourself" and "Dressing for Your Body Type" and the afternoon will conclude with Steffend, a national Emmy-winning news reporter/anchor, host on HGTV and author who is sure to captivate attendees with her charisma and charming personality.

Admission to Women's Day Out is free; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling (218)632-8725 or by registering online at

Defensive driving course rescheduled for Oct. 14

The WDC Community Education Defensive Driving Class on Oct. 7 has been rescheduled to Oct. 14. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Robertson Theatre at WDC Middle/High School. Instructor is Audrey Stearns. Any questions, contact Sandie Rentz at (218)632-2396.

Wadena County Historical Society annual meeting set for Oct. 14

The Wadena County Historical Society will hold their 76th annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Wadena Elks Lodge, 647 Jefferson Street North. The public is invited to attend. The business meeting will include a brief annual report to the members and election of officers for 2015.

Monster Walk on tap Oct. 25

The first ever Wadena-Deer Creek Monster Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. The 1K and 5K run/walk/"shamble" is scheduled for 9 a.m. (registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.) regardless of weather conditions. The race begins and ends at the WDC middle/high school. Awards will be given to the overall male and female 5K winners and the top boy and girl in the 1K race. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes during the race.

Pre-registration, which guarantees a t-shirt, will end Oct. 10. Race day registration is available, but t-shirts aren't guaranteed. Proceeds will go toward uniforms and equipment for the WDC track and dance teams.

Registration forms are available online at For more information, contact Marc Reynolds at (218)632-2305 or