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Brainerd Rotary Club participates in Kids Voting

Posted: October 22, 2012 - 9:13pm

Coats for Kids distribution set for weekend

Kinship Partners is gearing up for the annual Coats for Kids giveaway.

For those in need winter outerwear coats, boots, mittens, hats will be distributed Saturday and Sunday, in the former Jo-Ann Fabrics location at the Westgate Mall, Baxter.

For distribution on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 28, children must be present to ensure proper fit and be accompanied by a parent, guardian or their adult Kinship Partner. One coat and one pair of boots per person will be given while supplies last.

If participants are unable to bring their child or children Saturday morning they may arrive any time after noon. From noon until 4 p.m., participants may pick up whatever is needed and children do not need to be present. From 1-4 p.m. Sunday, winter wear will be given as needed.

Adult coats are also available for those in need.

For more information, call Kinship Partners at 454-8011 or 829-4606.

Coats for Kids is sponsored by Kinship Partners, BL Broadcasting, Crystal Cleaners and the Westgate Mall. Kinship Partners expressed thanks for those who donated winter gear.

Event to focus on helping

community, schools, youth

Crow Wing County Community Services and Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project are partnering to begin offering Family and Community Circles. An informational meeting aimed at learning how to help the community, schools and youth is planned 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Lakes College, Room E208, 501 W College Drive, Brainerd.

The two groups report this process allows community residents to participate in a program to reduce truancy and other youth behaviors known to be problematic in the area. Community volunteers are essential to this effort, the groups stated. A two-day training session on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 will be offered in Brainerd to prepare community members using the circle process. At the information meeting, participants will be able to get more information about the process, learn about the training, and ask questions about becoming involved. There is no commitment if you attend the informational meeting. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

For more information, go online to, call Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project at 218-568-4145 or email if planning on attending the meeting.

MnDOT finalizes statewide transportation plan

The Minnesota Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan 2012-2031, a policy framework for maintaining and building Minnesota’s transportation system during the next 20 years, has been finalized and is available online, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

“This plan is the result of extensive collaboration we’ve had during the past year with citizens, stakeholders and partners throughout Minnesota,” said Tom Sorel, MnDOT commissioner in a news release.

The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan addresses the entire transportation system including highways, local streets and roads, transit, railroads, aviation, ports, waterways and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. It will be used to influence MnDOT’s future investment decisions and shape other transportation plans, such as the State Highway Investment Plan, which currently is in development and will be completed in 2013, and the State Aviation System Plan, a draft of which will be ready for public comment later this fall.

“The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan focuses on solutions that ensure a high return-on-investment, and that complement and strengthen the rapidly changing social, environmental and economic climate, with the intent of improving Minnesotans’ quality of life,” Sorel said.

MnDOT’s planning and investment approach involves:

■ Applying multimodal solutions that ensure a high return-on-investment, such as the development of a managed lane system in the Twin Cities.

■ Strategically fixing the system by working with partners to define priority networks, since it will not be feasible to maintain all assets in current condition.

■ Building to a maintainable scale to keep Minnesota’s transportation system on a sustainable track for the future.

■ Better aligning ownership of Minnesota’s roadways with statewide and local priorities.

Last updated in 2009, the plan is based on an analysis of transportation trends and issues in Minnesota, as well as performance measures covering all transportation modes, system assets and operations that gauge how well the transportation system is functioning. For more information about MnDOT’s performance measures, see the 2011 Annual Minnesota Transportation Performance Report at

Brainerd Rotary Club

participates in Kids Voting

The Brainerd Rotary Club will participate in “Kids Voting” on Election Day. The Brainerd Rotary Club will be manning the precinct at Harrison Elementary School.

Kids Voting Brainerd Area was established in 1996. It is a community-based solution to combat voter apathy among young adults. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that educates and engages kindergarten through 12th graders in voting. Public, charter, alternative, private, parochial, and home schools participate in Kids Voting Brainerd Area.

Brainerd Rotary meets at noon on Tuesdays at the The Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center in Brainerd.