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....... ...... www.tricountynews.mn PAGE 3 December 29, 2016 Watkins Blood Drive Dec. 28 An American Red Cross Blood cell phone number, and the call- Drive is scheduled from 1-7 p.m. ing list has a land-line number. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Appointments can be scheduled St. Anthony Church Social Center in Watkins. Consider giving the perfect gift, the gift of blood. Two double red machines (now called power red) will be avail- able. Sixteen-year-olds are eligi- ble to give with a signed parental consent. on line at redcrossblood.org, or by calling Theresia at (320) 764-7251, or Betty at (320) 764-9163. Walk- ins are always welcome. If you have any questions on your eligibility to donate, call 1- (866) 236-3276, option 3. Start eating iron-rich foods If you were a previous donor, and don't forget to bring your Red callers may be contacting you. Cross donor's card or another However, some people cannot be form of identifcation on the day reached because they only use a of the drive. Wright County Geeks Game-a-thon Jan. 1 Sunday, Jan. 1, from 10 a.m. to science fiction and fantasy films. 10 p.m.: Fifth Annual GAME-A-Stay for the entire event, or feel THON! This family-friendly event free to arrive and leave at anytime. is free to attend and is open to Location: Buffalo Community the public. Games, prizes, food, Center, 206 Central Avenue in and fun. Enjoy board games, card downtown Buffalo, MN 55313. games, miniatures, computer Parking in back lot. For more games, RPGs, and more. All-day information, visit www.wright movie marathon of your favorite countygeeks.org. Blood drive coming to Kimball Jan. 18 The Kimball Firefighter's call (866) 236-3276, and select Auxiliary and Kimball Fire option #3. You may schedule your Department are sponsoring appointment on line at redcross the American Red Cross blood blood.org, at 1-(800)-Red Cross, drive at St. Anne's Church in contact any Fire Auxiliary mem- Kimball Wednesday, ]an. 18, from ber, or call Tom Ehlinger (320) 1-7 p.m. For donor eligibility ques- 250-2411. Bring along your identi- tions, including health questions, fication; it is needed to donate. Read down fines program repeats at libraries "Read Down Your Fines" will take place Monday, Dec. 19, through Saturday, Dec. 31, at all 32 branches of the Great River Regional Library. This event is for children and teens younger than 17 who are unable to borrow library materi- als because of outstanding fines. It gives them the opportunity to regain library privileges just by reading at the library. Since the program began in 2013, 924 children have taken part. Individuals record time spent reading at the library on coupons available at the library desk. They are allowed to read materials of their choice, but it must be phys- ical print materials such as a book or magazine. For each 15 minutes spent reading, they eliminate $1 in fines. Parents will be allowed to read down the fines of their young children by reading to them in the library. Procedures at each library may vary. Minors who want to read down their fines should speak with library staff. Read Down can only be applied to fines for late return of materi- als. It can't be applied to fines or processing fees for lost and dam- aged items. The program rec- ognizes that children are not always at fault when materials are returned late. The program is also a response to research that says children who read often and are library users are more likely to be successful in the classroom. Read Down Your Fines is totally paid for through public dona- tions. The average fine paid off is approximately $5. An average of 24 branches have patrons tak- ing part each time the program is offered. GRRL provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It pro- vides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services. 55+ Driver Improvement Program offered The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days: Monday, Jan. 30 (Four-hour Refresher Course) 5-9 p.m. Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave N, St. Cloud. Saturday, ]an. 14 (Four-hour Refresher Course) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Miller Auto Plaza - Community Rm., 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. Tuesday, Jan. 17 (Four-hour Refresher Course) 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Rd., St. Cloud. Thursday, Jan. 26 (Eight- hour First Time Course) 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Rd., St. Cloud. The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. The fee for the four-hour refresher course is $22, and the eight-hour course is $26. For more information or to reg- ister, visit our website at www. mnsafetycenter.org, or call toll-free 1- (888) -234-1294 Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10-percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to main- tain the 10-percent discount. Free New Year's Eve event at Kimball High School The Kimball Area Ministerial Association and Kimball Community Education are once again joining forces to host a free - yes, that's FREE - community event at Kimball Area High School on New Year's Eve. From 5 to 8 p.m., families are invited to come and have fun- and eat supper, too! Hot dogs, chips, cookies, and bev- erage will be provided. The gym will be open for a variety of games and activities for all ages. Bingo (with prizes), Yahtzee, and board games will be available in the cafetorium. Please note that all children must be accompanied by at least one adult, preferably a parent. This is not a babysitting service, and no supervision will be provided in the gym. Parents or another des- ignated adult are responsible for their own children. Though there is no charge for the event, donations of non- perishable food items for the Kim- ball Food Shelf are encouraged. Funding for this event was pro- vided by a grant from the Thrivent Financial Corporation. Local businesses donated the prizes. If you have any questions, con- tact Pastor David Milz, (320) 398-6108/492-2436. ]ll]lnll]llllll Powder Ridge fireworks are back Powder Ridge will celebrate New Years Eve with fireworks starting around 10:15 p.m. Check the Powder Ridge web- site for all the details for festivities. The hills are open and the snow is great. Kimball Library Cherry Tree It,s that time of the year again- bargains abound and the Kimball Area Friends of the Library need your help. One of our fund rais- ers this year will be to do a Cherry Tree at the Summer Reading Kickoff. A cherry tree is an oppor- tunity to win prizes by purchasing 10 chances; some are winners and others not as great. In order for this to be a success we need prize donations, so during your shop- ping, please consider grabbing some great prizes for the Library. This fund raiser will go to help sponsor summer reading prizes and hopefully will be so successful that we can continue to update our library to best serve our commu- nity. This is supporting our kids becoming great readers for the future. Donations can be dropped off at the Kimball Public Library. Thank you for all your support. Sing Passengers WhyHim Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Daily Matinees Movie Hot Line (320) 685-7111 EV Area Library thanks With deep gratitude, the Eden volunteers, you are critical to the Valley Area Library would like to success of our library, open six thank the community for yourdays a week. support. We have record-break- Thankyou! ing new patrons along with many Sandy Millerbernd added programs for the com- Eden Valley ing year. Special thank you to all Area Library, President Thanks from the Deuermeyers Thanks seems like so little in return for the thoughtful efforts the Lions Club has displayed once again. Throughout the year those club members display efforts well beyond the call of duty and this time to our house at Christmas. The "12 Days of Christmas" sur- prise gifts were indeed a fun-filled time each day with first a guess, and then being able to see if we were correct or not. Arlene was by far more successful and the enjoy- ment went on. It is a pleasure to support the work of many of the Lion members throughout the year. Our thanks again! Arlene & Darwin Deuermeyer 3t' too a weekly dose of hometown news. It's a gift that keeps on giving, week after week, all year long. Use the order form on page 18. Or just give us a call. We can send a gift card in your name. Send a gift subscription to an active military on us, FOR FREE! (320) 398-5000 or (320)453-6397 70 S. Main St. -130 Box 320, Kimball MN 55353 www.tdcountynews.MN . i