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News Briefs for May 7

Pancake breakfast scheduled

BEMIDJI — There will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with two sausages, juice and coffee from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Senior Activity Center, 216 3rd Street NW.

The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children age 9 and younger.

The Senior Creations Gift Shop also will be open. For details, call the Senior Activity Center at 751- 8836.

BSU hosts gang awareness workshop

BEMIDJI — Mark Martin, a veteran Minneapolis police officer and instructor and curriculum developer for the National Gang Center, will present “Understanding Minnesota Gangs” from 8 a.m. to noon Monday in Hagg-Sauer Room 100 on the Bemidji State campus.

The cost is $25 and registration is available at Peace Officer Standards and Training credits are available for licensed peace officers who participate in the workshop.

The workshop is designed for teachers; police, corrections and probation officers; social workers and others who work with children. Topics will include gang definitions and statutes in Minnesota, reasons why children join gangs, factors that pre-dispose children to gang membership and the varying levels of gang involvement. Martin will provide a thorough overview of known gangs operating in Minnesota including Latino, White Supremacist and Native gangs.

For details, call (612) 290-3487.

Benefit for Dan Zorman planned

BLACKDUCK — A benefit is planned for Dan Zorman of Hines from 4 to 7 p.m. May 18 at the Blackduck Evangelical Free Church. There will be a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffle.

On Dec. 9, Zorman was involved in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He had a long stay at the ICU and rehabilitation facility.

Funds raised at the benefit will help modify Zorman’s home and car to accommodate a wheelchair as well as help with medical bills.

Dymond to discuss book at Goldpine

BEMIDJI — Local author Joanna Dymond will be the guest of Goldpine Nursing Home’s Woman of Wisdom Tea Ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

She will discuss her book “Crazy as a Loon” and the development of the main character. She will be accompanied by poet and author Anthony Swann. Dymond will be selling and signing copies of her book after the event.

For details, visit