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Keeping teens healthy: Program offers free checkups to age 20

Child and Teen Checkups can help youth get free wellness visits from local medical, dental and vision providers.

“These checkups are important for everyone,” said Denise Sjodin, Crow Wing County public health nurse. “Parents are great at bringing small children in for regular checkups. That tends to drop off through the teenage years.”

Even if teens are healthy, Sjodin says, medical checkups are needed at least every two years. Checkups include physical, mental and emotional health screenings, including immunizations.

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Bill Staines first of five artists to perform in Grassroots Concerts 2017 spring line-up

Five Friday night concerts are scheduled for the Spring 2017 Grassroots Concerts season, starting with Bill Staines at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Staines is the quintessential folk troubadour whose music is a slice of Americana filled with cowboys, Yukon adventures, fishermen, and everyday working people. He has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

“Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience,” Staines said. “I’ve always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs.”

A New Hampshire resident, Staines has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses.

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Truck through ice on Cross Lake: Update

Clarification: According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s department Incident report, the truck that went through the ice on Cross Lake on February 4th, the Vehicle went through the ice near open water on Cross Lake by the Wharf.

The vehicle partially broke through near the opening and then fell through completely after three occupants escaped the vehicle to safety.

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