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Now that spring has arrived, VINE Faith in Action has several outdoor-related virtual programs planned for April.

• Dorian Chalmers, president of the Minnesota Lyme Association, will present a program at 2 pm on April 7 that will focus on the risks of contracting Lyme disease and prevention measures.

The disease transmitted by infected blacklegged ticks is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.

• Department of Natural Resources naturalist Scott Kudelka will discuss the signs of spring in a presentation at 2 pm on April 15th.

Kudelka’s presentation will focus on a variety of indicators associated with the onset of warmer weather and longer days.

• Minnesota Extension Service representatives Shane Begeja and Joyce Wilcox will offer basic spring gardening tips during a 2 pm presentation on April 20.

The duo will provide information on traditional market gardening and container gardening, such as how to choose a site, how to prepare a site, how to choose seeds and plants.

To register, go to: or call 387-1666.

Registration opens for the egg hunt

Families planning to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at the North Mankato Taylor Library can register as of 10 a.m. today. The event is 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The time slots will be allocated to families. Bags for collecting eggs will be provided.

To register, dial 345-5120.

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A free community COVID-19 test site in Mankato has new appointment times. The indoor site is in the old Gander Mountain building at 1940 Adams St.

Appointments are available for time slots between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. today, Tuesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The site will be closed on Sunday at Easter.

Appointments can be made at:

A list of Minnesota test sites is available at:

New research resources available

The Blue Earth County Historical Society will present new resources from its research center in a virtual program at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Staff will team up to discuss in-person and online resources available to family historians, including a new search function for BECHS website resources.

Registration is required for the free program. To register, go to:

For more information, contact BECHS at: [email protected]

Session provides information on the 211 helpline

Grand Mankato Area United Way is sponsoring a virtual program at 1 p.m. Thursday to provide information on its 211 hotline.

The United Way 211 helpline provides information on essential community resources. By updating information with 211, service providers can ensure the accuracy of their service offerings, eligibility criteria and more, making it easier for community members to find the organization that can best help them.

The 24-hour helpline provides free, confidential health and social services information to people in Minnesota.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to 211 have dramatically increased statewide, according to a press release from the United Way of the Greater Mankato region.

During the presentation, a 211 program officer will explain how to use the hotline and answer questions from participants.

To register or for more information, visit:

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