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• Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program, also known as Rural MN CEP, will hold an open house celebrating 50 years in business. The private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1968 to operate employment and training programs. It prepares people for work and helps businesses strengthen their workforce. It serves about 6,000 customers a year in 19 counties in north-central and west-central Minnesota. The open house is planned for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, with a ribbon cutting and short program at 11:45 a.m. at the Alexandria WorkForce Center, 303 — 22nd Ave. W., Suite 107. Refreshments will be served.

• Alomere Health has added an eClinic, an online diagnosis and treatment service that connects patients with Alomere Health providers through their smartphones, tablets or computers. Patients are able to log on and enter their symptoms and health history information. An Alomere Health provider will review that information and then respond with a diagnosis and treatment plan, including providing a prescription if appropriate. The eClinic is open 24 hours and 7 days a week, with providers responding within one hour. Patients can be evaluated for common health conditions including cold and flu, pink eye, and bladder infections, among others.

• Runestone Electric Association's Operation Round Up, which allows REA members to round up bills to the next dollar to donate the change to area organizations, has distributed $9,450 in grants to 22 groups. It gave $1,000 each to the Ashby Fire Department, Veterans Memorial Park and Love INC of Douglas County. Other grants went to: Douglas County DAC, $750; Lakes Area Alpine Program, Friends of Nordic Meadow, Inc., UCAN (United Communities Advocating Non-Violence), The Village Family Service Center and Glenwood Retirement Village, $500; Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America and West Central Area Schools, $300; Osakis Boy Scouts, Alex Public Schools Community Ed, Alexandria Area Youth Trap League, Pleasant Valley Cemetery Association, Norunga Cemetery Association, Lake Amelia Cemetery, Nora Lutheran Church and Douglas County Cemetery Association, $250); and Brandon-Evansville Trap Team, West Central Community Action and St. Mary's Quilters Mission Group, $200. Nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the grants. The deadline for the next round of funding is Monday, Nov. 5. For information, call 320-762-1121 or 800-473-1722 or