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Class of 1948 to meet

The Alexandria Class of 1948 will hold its 70th class reunion at noon Saturday, July 21, at Fat Daddy's. That year, television was taking off, Israel became a country, and the novelty song "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" was a hit. For more information, call H. Glade at 320-763-3031.

Waterama run accepting early registrations

Runners and walkers will have through Monday, July 23, to register for the early-bird rate for the Glenwood Waterama Rotary 10K and 5K run/walk and Glenwood State Bank Magic Mile on Saturday, July 28.

The run begins at 8 a.m. and follows the south shore of Lake Minnewaska, finishing in the

city park across from the historic Lakeside Ballroom. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in a variety of age categories.

Registration is available online at under the event tab. Entry fee for people registering prior to July 24 is $20. Same-day registration is $25.

Buses will take participants from the Glenwood city park to the starting mark of their particular race at 7:40 a.m.

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 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

Free leadership training on disability issues

Minnesotans with disabilities and parents or guardians of children with disabilities can apply 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 deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 17.

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, Dr. Colleen Wieck, executive director of the Governor's Council, said in a news release.

For more information or to get an application form, go to or contact Brenton Rice at, or 651-242-6589.