■ CSAH 23 bridge
Construction work on the bridge over the Daggett Brook on Crow Wing County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 23, approximately 2 miles north of the Morrison County Line, has been completed and the highway is open to traffic. Paving operations over the bridge will take place later this week so delays should be expected. If you have any questions, please contact the Crow Wing County Highway Department at 218-824-1110 or visit our website at http://www.co.crow-wing.mn.us.
■ 55+ driver improvement program offered
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Hallett Community Center, 470 Eighth Street NE, Crosby, for a four-hour refresher; and from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 9 at St. Agnes Church at 210 Division Street, Walker, for a four-hour refresher course.
The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By using the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. The fee for the four hour refresher course is $20 and the eight hour course is $24 For more information or to register, visit our website at www.mnsafetycenter.org or call toll free 888-234-1294.
Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.
■ Updated Minnesota state bicycle map now available
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has published an updated edition of the state’s bicycle map, the first since 2001.
Available both in paper and electronic format, the free map provides bicycle accommodations across the state, making it easier for cyclists to plan long-distance bicycle trips.
Map information includes:
• Roadway details — shoulder width, pavement type and traffic volumes.
• State and regional trails, including the Mississippi River Trail.
• State historic sites, parks, city index and other points of interest.
• Safety tips.
Paper versions of the map are available at the MnDOT Central Office Building, 395 John Ireland Boulevard in St. Paul, and at the Kick Gas exhibit inside the Eco Experience building on Randall Avenue, during the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2.
The electronic version of the map, available at mndot.gov/bike/maps.html and compatible with smart phones, features more detailed routes than the paper version, and includes smaller and printable areas of the state. The online version of the map will be updated twice yearly and offers opportunities for public feedback. Cyclists also may request a paper version of the map on the website.
■ Crosslake City Council meet Thursday on budget
CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake City Council will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at city hall to discuss the 2014 revenue and expenditure budgets by department.
■ DOT awards grant
for Staples airport
STAPLES — The Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration have awarded $405,000 to the city of Staples, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., announced Monday.
The grant will provide federal funding for the construction of a new taxiway at the Staples Municipal Airport. The new taxiway will eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway.
Nolan, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation as well as the General Aviation Caucus, noted that “Staples Municipal Airport is a critical hub for business people and tourists alike. This grant announcement means jobs for the area.
“With this new taxiway, small aircraft will not have to back-taxi, a potentially dangerous procedure that requires aircraft to taxi onto the runway in a direction opposite to the flow of runway traffic. I’m glad to announce that these funds will help alleviate congestion and make operations more efficient at this important airport.”
■ SWCD board
changes meeting date
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors Regular Board Meetings will change from third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m., to the third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place in the Crow Wing County Land Services Conference Room upstairs in the Land Services Building located at 322 Laurel St. in Brainerd.
All meetings are open to the public. The next regular meeting is Sept. 18.