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News briefs - Nov. 9 edition

VFW Veterans Day events slated for Nov. 13

The VFW will partner with Wadena-Deer Creek for the Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 13. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School. Later that evening, dinner will be served at the VFW for the veterans and their families and the public. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Following dinner, the Voices of Democracy and Patriots Pen Essay winners will be announced and another Veterans Day program will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, call the Wadena VFW at (218) 632-6951.

Free educational seminar discusses myths and truths of hospice Nov. 16

There are many common misconceptions surrounding the philosophy of hospice care and what hospice truly does for the patients and families it serves.

A free educational seminar, "Hospice: The Myths and Truths" will discuss the philosophy of hospice care and help dispel some of the common myths associated with hospice. The community is invited to attend the seminar, which begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16. Brittney Thoreson, Vice President of Hospice with Knute Nelson, and Brianna Olson, Director of Clinical Care, RN, BSN, will explore this topic in depth. This free seminar is held at Wadena-Deer Creek High School, 600 Colfax Avenue SW.

This is the final seminar in an ongoing series hosted by Knute Nelson Hospice. There is no cost to attend and there is no RSVP necessary.

Peer Respite informational meetings slated for Nov. 13

Wellness in the Woods is starting a new program call Peer Respite. Peer respite will be a home where people who need emotional support can stay for up to five days. They can come and go as they please. Staff are trained peer specialists. We don't ask for a diagnosis and don't do medication management. We offer a safe place to stay with support. It is an option to emergency room, sometimes hospital. A preventative environment.

There will be two informational meetings regarding the planning of Minnesota's first peer run respite in Wadena. The meetings will be held Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Donovan hall. Refreshments will be available.

For more information call (218) 296-2067 or email

Blood drive on tap Nov. 20-21

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive Nov. 20 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wadena Elks Lodge. Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. Donors can download the blood donor app to get their digital donor card, schedule an appointment, track lifetime donations, view their blood pressure and follow their donation on its way to a hospital.

To make an appointment for the drive, call Barb at (218) 849-6087.