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• The fourth annual Rochester Morning Pride Lions Charity Golf Classic will be June 13 at Riverview Greens Golf Course. The four-person, best-shot tournament benefits the Rochester Senior Center. Cost is $65 per person, or $260 for a team of four. Cost includes 18 holes of golf, cart, steak dinner, golf prizes and gift bag. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., shotgun start 12:30 p.m., dinner following play. Raise an additional $300 in pledges and receive two free rounds of golf at Riverview Greens. Two sponsorship levels are available: Business sponsor for $200 or a corporate sponsor for $500, $1,000 or $5,000. For more information or to sign up, call 286-8510 or 287-1407.

• There will be a fundraiser for Debbie (Wiste) Blakstad from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. April 14 at the Rochester International Event Center. She was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Silent auction and refreshments.

• Lisa Johnson family fundraiser will be May 12 at Country Liv-Inn, 217 N. Main St., Dover. Silent auction, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; live auction, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.; DJ and music from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Lisa was injured, and her unborn child died, in an accident near Eyota in March.

• Child Care Resource and Referral’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles drawing, 7:45 p.m. April 24 at Family Fun Night, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, Graham Arena. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold, $10 per ticket. Winner need not be present to win. Entrants must be 18 or older. For tickets or more information, call CCR&R at 287-2020 or go to


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• Girl Scouts Council of River Trails has received the 2006 award for Organizational Performance for Achieving Outstanding Results across the Organization from the United Way of Olmsted County. The group was cited for using technology, volunteers and experiential learning to teach girls about science and technology.


• The Early Risers Exchange Club donated $500 to Girl Scout Council of River Trails to help youths in the community. The check was presented March 30 during the 33rd annual Wine and Spirit Taste event. It was the club’s only fundraiser and provided money for six youth-oriented groups.

• Employees of INH Cos. assembled and donated 42 Easter baskets to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. The baskets were delivered March 30 by Judine Hills and Shawna Swanson and Don Dillion of Quarry Ridge Apartments; Peggy Betting, Val Pastor and Brittany Baum assembled the baskets; and Linda Blanshan of Quarry Ridge spearheaded the event.


• Seasons Hospice is honoring its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21. Seasons Hospice volunteers bring companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, respite to caregivers, bereavement support, administrative efforts and provide education about hospice in the community. More than 115 volunteers provided more than 7,200 hours of service in 2006.

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