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Local news briefs- Nov. 2

Posted: November 1, 2011 - 7:36pm

Two injured in accident Monday in Pierz
PIERZ — Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 12:55 p.m. Monday on 213th Street and 295th Avenue in Pierz, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Both drivers, Lynann Donek, 56, Pierz, and Joseph Notaro, 69, Clarissa, were taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. No update was available Tuesday on their conditions.
Donek’s vehicle was traveling north on 295th Street and collided with Notaro’s car, which was headed west on 213th Street.

Parent-teacher conferences planned at BHS
Parent-teacher conferences are planned from 4-7 p.m. Thursday and 4-8 p.m. Monday at Brainerd High School and BHS South Campus.
Parents are encouraged to attend with students.
For more information, call Shirley at 454-6200.

USDA FSA and Second Harvest Heartland partner to reduce hunger
The USDA Farm Service Agency and Second Harvest Heartland food bank have teamed up to connect Minnesota farmers with the regional food bank network.
This partnership has the ability to reach individual farmers who may have excess produce that could be donated to food banks. Second Harvest Heartland, the largest of six food bank organizations serving Minnesota, has a distribution system to get fresh produce from the farm to those in need. FSA has offices in 79 counties in Minnesota where farmers regularly do business. The combination of an expansive food distribution system and interaction with individual farmers will prove to be a highly effective way to increase the amount of food sourced directly from farms.

Second Harvest Heartland and five other Minnesota Feeding America food banks have teamed up to develop the “From Harvest to Home” initiative. The program collects locally grown, surplus produce from Minnesota farmers.

The product is then distributed through their network of agencies like food shelves, soup kitchens and a variety of other programs that serve those in need including children and the elderly.

To help those in need information is available at your local FSA County Office or you can visit the Second Harvest Heartland website at 2harvest.org.