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Brainerd PUC meets Tuesday at BPU Service Center

Posted: January 18, 2012 - 6:30pm

Minnesota Homefront, World War II

exhibit starts Saturday in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Linden Hill Presents “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” a traveling exhibit on View from Saturday through March 11 at Linden Hill in Little Falls.

The Minnesota Homefront exhibit will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. The exhibit explores the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments and challenges that have shaped the enduring legacy of Minnesota’s “Greatest Generation” through their stories.

In “Minnesota Homefront, World War II,” visitors find out what it was like to “make do” with rationing, farm during a severe labor shortage, work on the Iron Range, develop inventions for the war, be trained as a translator at Fort Snelling and endure a starvation experiment for science and the war effort. In addition, we will explore the ‘Linden Hill’ military connection.

The exhibit features nine graphic panels, audio interviews, songs of the period, and a “Letter Stories” bin. This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota. Linden Hill has also acquired additional World War II artifacts on loan from wonderful sources that will add to the exhibit bringing an interesting perspective, multi -dimensional and most fascinating exhibit.

The Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.

The Mississippi River Trail

information meeting is Jan. 26

An information meeting about the Mississippi River Trail is planned for Brainerd businesses, bicycle enthusiasts and interested citizens from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 26, in Brainerd City Hall Council Chambers located at 501 Laurel Street. The trail, a world class bicycle route that will travel through the city of Brainerd, originates at Lake Itasca and continues to the Gulf of Mexico. It is a 3,000 mile network of bicycle friendly roads and multi-use paths. The Mississippi River Trail represents opportunities for businesses to profit from a new set of travelers seeking locally provided services. Representatives of the Bicycle Alliance of MN will present information about the MRT and how Brainerd can be a more bicycle friendly community. The Bicycle Alliance of MN is working on this effort with communities along the entire Mississippi River in the state. Come and learn more about the MRT and how bicycling, Minnesota’s second most popular outdoor activity, can benefit our community and your business. To learn about the MRT visit www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt.html. For more information about the meeting contact Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden at 828-2309 or mostgarden@ci.brainerd.mn.us.

Crow Wing ADA is

looking for princess candidates

The American Dairy Association of Crow Wing County is seeking candidates to participate in this year’s dairy princess program. Dairy princesses serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry by appearing at various promotional events and speaking to consumers and the media. The princess contest will be conducted March 31.

A candidate must be a high school graduate by July 1, 2012 and not yet 24 years old by July 1, 2012. She or her parents must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant during the current year. A candidate also qualifies if she or her parents are employed on a dairy farm in a dairy-related capacity.

County dairy princesses are eligible to attend a statewide promotion training seminar to be held this spring and may apply to compete for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Twelve finalists will be selected to compete for the Princess Kay title in August.

At all levels of competition, contestants are judged on their communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for dairy promotion and general knowledge of the dairy industry. For a complete rules brochure and application form, contact Rosanne Caughey at 828-1998.

Crow Wing County will also have a junior dairy princess contest for dairy farm girls between the ages of 13 and 18 and a dairy ambassador competition for males and females between the ages of 13 and 24 as of July 1, 2012.The ambassador candidates do not have to live on a dairy farm but must have the desire to promote the dairy industry.

Forage council and Leader

Lions host Winter Workshop

LEADER — The Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, with support from the Leader Lions, has assembled speakers for its annual Winter Workshop, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Leader Community Center, in Leader,

The day’s presenters will cover topics ranging from marketing strategies to best conservation practices to silvopasturing. The day’s schedule is set up to offer opportunity for the audience to get in on the discussion.

The morning will start out with a panel of speakers, led by Dr. Diomy Zamora, UMN Extension forester / agroforester, who will explore techniques to maximize forage production in wooded pastures while building in long-term capital in high quality timber.

The audience will also have an opportunity to hear how programs such as EQIP, offered through Natural Resources Conservation Service, really work from the perspective of a producer who has implemented them. NRCS officials will outline a number of their programs and have resource materials available for participants.

David Legvold, a Northfield farmer, will address water quality issues and soil preservation, an especially topical subject in our region with its large watersheds and numerous lakes. His theme is “Good land, Good farming Better waters.”

The afternoon program will concentrate on marketing cattle with a panel discussion led by Randy Pepin, UMN livestock educator. Panelists Troy Salzer, who organized the Central MN Premium Beef Alliance; Mike Stine, owner Stonebridge Beef which sells direct to restaurants in the region and to individual customers; John Eischeid, part owner of Tri-County Livestock Auction; and Gary Sampson, secretary of the Minnesota’s Cattlemen’s Association, will cover everything from producing consistent animals to marketing strategies for various types of producers.

The day concludes with a question and answer session between the audience and the day’s presenters.

The cost for the workshop is $15 per person, or $20 a couple, this includes lunch. The community center is located just north of the town of Leader, off of Minnesota Highway 64. For more information contact Mel Wiens at 218-894-2715; or Ed Maciej at 218-397-2389.

AARP Volunteer Tax-Aides

will help with tax returns

Again this year, AARP volunteer tax-aides will prepare income tax forms, rent credit and property tax refund forms for low-to-middle income persons with special emphasis for those over 60. This is a free service for those eligible. Taxpayers need to bring the following information: 1099SSA, (If you do not receive one go to the Social Security office for a printout), Railroad Retirement Statements, W-2, 1099 R, 1099 INT, 1099 DIV, 1099B, (if you sold stock please have the cost basis for the stock sold), Property Tax Statement, and your donations to charities. If you have not filed for property tax refunds in the past, you can still file for a 2010 Property Tax Refund if you bring your 2010 income tax records and your 2011 Property Tax Statement. To file for your 2011 Property Tax Refund you will need your 2011 income and your 2012 Property Tax statements (available in March 2012).

AARP tax preparation sites this year will be:

Brainerd Lakes Area Senior Center, starting Feb. 2, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment or walk-in. Appointments can be made by calling 829-9345.

Brainerd Public Library, starting Feb. 1, Monday and Wednesday from 12:30-5 p.m., by appointment or walk-in. Appointments can by made by calling the Brainerd Senior Center, 829-9345. Tell the receptionist the appointment is for the Brainerd Library site.

Central Lakes College, starting Feb. 1, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Appointments only. Call 855-8158.

Crosby- Jessie F. Hallett Library, starting Feb. 1, Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m. Appointments only. Call 546-8005.

Crosslake Community Center, Tuesday and Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon, starting Feb. 14. Appointments only. Call 692-4271.

Pequot Lakes Library, starting Feb. 2, Thursdays, noon-4 p.m. Appointments only, 568-6181.

Brainerd PUC meets Tuesday

at BPU Service Center

The Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the commission meeting room at the Brainerd Public Utilities Service Center at 8027 Highland Scenic Road in Baxter.