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The Chicago Connection won the team title in the 20th annual United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties annual Golf Classic at Geneva Golf Course. (Contributed)

Golfers raise $25K for United Way

The goal presented to golfers participating in the 20th annual United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties annual Golf Classic was a tall one: to raise $25,000.

That goal was topped by $100, making it the organization's largest fundraiser of the year.

Thirty teams played through wind, rain and finally sun on June 25 at Geneva Golf Course to raise money to support United Way. The Chicago Connection team won the tournament with a score of 59, and three teams — Alexandria Industries, Douglas Machine and SunOpta — posted scores of 60. Two teams won stocked carts to use for the day and 25 winners took home prizes thanks to donations from local businesses.

Senate candidate to visit Alexandria

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Painter will discuss political issues during a town hall meeting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria.

Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, is running for the DFL nomination for the seat which is held by Sen. Tina Smith. A former Republican, he became a notable critic of President Trump and the GOP, telling the Washington Post in May that he was "very, very troubled by the state of the Republican Party right now and whether it is capable of continuing to be a vehicle for democracy."

Painter supports clean energy jobs, single-payer health care, abortion rights and ethics reform.

Red Cross: 'An emergency blood shortage'

Declaring "an emergency blood shortage," the American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types — especially type O — and has set up seven blood drives in Douglas County this month.

The agency said it escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week, which saw 550 fewer blood drives across the country than during a typical week.

The need for Type O blood is especially critical, the Red Cross said. The universal blood type, Type O is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

Two blood drives have already taken place this month in the county, but five remain:

Monday, July 16: 1-7 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, 202 Seventh Ave. E.

Tuesday, July 17: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Cornerstone Church.

Monday, July 23: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cornerstone Church.

Tuesday, July 24: 12-6 p.m., Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1204 N. Nokomis

Friday, July 27: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cowing Robards Inc., 514 Broadway St.

Donors should bring their donor card or identification, be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

To schedule an appointment, download the free Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Book signing

Olaf Danielson of Milbank, South Dakota, will sign copies of his book, "Confessions of a Pike Whisperer," from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway in Alexandria. In the book, Danielson tells fishing stories and other outdoor adventures. He is also a birding record holder. For more information, call 320-763-9400.

Free leadership training on disability issues

Minnesotans with disabilities and parents or guardians of children with disabilities can apply through July 17 for a nationally-recognized leadership training at no cost.

Offered through the state, it will begin in the Twin Cities in September, with eight sessions over nine months. Lodging and meals will be provided, with allowances available for child care and respite. Mileage will be reimbursed.

The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities created the program 30 years ago to increase advocacy skill levels. It is intended to shed light on disability law and policies, and help the disabled or caregivers become better advocates, said Dr. Colleen Wieck, executive director of the Governor's Council.

For more information or to get an application form, go to bit.ly/2EICOQ0 or contact Brenton Rice at brenton@togevents.com, or 651-242-6589.