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Pine River-Backus Family Center September Happenings

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday’s 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rolling Over Hunger: Join Jim Ballenthin in supporting the Pine River Area, Hackensack, Remer, and Longville Food Shelves as he rides his bicycle around Lake Superior, 1,600 miles round trip. Jim and his wife, Jean, have kicked off the ride by pledging $1,600. Hunger is a serious and major issue in Cass County. Jim’s realization of this personal quest is a way to help many hungry people put food on their tables, to fill empty stomachs, and to relieve the stress of not having enough to eat. Jim left on his quest on Sept. 3, at 8 a.m. and plans to complete his ride in 21 days for Rolling Over Hunger. The three ways to donate are:

1. Online at

2. Make out a check to the Pine River-Backus Family Center and in the memo section of your check please put: For Rolling Over Hunger, then mail to: Pine River-Backus Family Center, P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN 56747


Pine River Area Food Shelf: Is open every Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of the First Lutheran Church. Donation of your excess garden produce would be greatly appreciated.

Hidden Jewels Thrift Store is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for your shopping convenience. We are also in need of volunteers who would like to donate some of their time to helping in our non-profit Thrift Store. Please see Brenda for more information or call 587-4292.

The Family Centers Home Visiting Program: Is this your first pregnancy? Do you have questions about how your pregnancy will go? Do you wish you had a little extra help with your questions around your pregnancy and about upcoming parenting issues you will encounter? If yes, you are in luck. The Family Centers Home Visiting Program has immediate openings for first-time expectant mothers who would like additional support with their pregnancy and parenting their child till three years of age. Free prenatal gift bags are available to all women who are expecting a baby that live in the Pine River-Backus School District.

Child & Teen Check-Up: Will be here Sept. 25-26, appointments are still available, call Karen at 587-4292 to get your appointment scheduled. Remember, immunizations can be done at Child & Teen Check-Up.

Family Planning: Is once again back at the Family Center the first Tuesday of the month. Call 877-275-6123 to schedule your appointment.

Working Together Coalition is looking for persons to compete in the Amazing Race more details are available on their website

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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