For 66 years, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota's Camp Knutson outside of Crosslake has been known for its charitable camps for children and families in special circumstances. From heart conditions, skin conditions, autism and Down syndrome, Camp Knutson is a special place for campers to congregate for a fun time.
Eager cooks of all ages gather at the St. Peter Co–op every third Tuesday of the month to learn a little about healthy cooking while still being conscious about the almighty budget.
“We have four recipes that we print out and we usually cook three of them. The last one is a simple supper that you can throw together in five minutes,” said Stephanie Hailperin, founder of Friends in the Kitchen, a service by LSS and the St. Peter Co-op.
On today's menu: rhubarb thyme chicken, rhubarb lemon rosemary spritzer and apple pie tacos.
A new documentary, “A Lost Homeland,” details the history of Vietnamese refugees who fled their country after the Fall of Saigon in 1975, which marked the end of the war in Vietnam and the loss of a homeland for hundreds of thousands of people.
The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners recently endorsed a Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota homeless prevention service, the only one of its kind in the Brainerd lakes area and surrounding region.
LSS is seeking renewal funding through the state's Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program. Lutheran Social Service has experience administering these services to Crow Wing, Todd and Morrison counties since 1999.
According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, approximately 185 children each week go into foster care. Becoming a foster parent starts with the commitment to ensure the children will be loved and taken care of.
"The plan was that we wanted to eventually adopt and we had ages and things we really wanted and then as we get calls you just feel the calling,” says Cullen Kennedy. “You don't want to say no, you take whatever the need is, you want to give them the opportunity."
Population declines and poverty cost the tiny Todd County town of Eagle Bend its grocery store and high school years ago, but those who remained pulled together and continued to feed their neighbors in need.
Now, they think maybe they can feed people anywhere in Minnesota.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is seeking foster parents for children and youth in need.
Changes in child welfare practices and the rise of parental drug abuse have contributed to the increased need for foster families. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, on an average day there were approximately 10,050 children in foster care in Minnesota in 2018, up from 9,900 the previous year.