The Crow Wing County Dairy Association is searching for candidates for the dairy princess and ambassador contest, to be conducted March 20 at the Pierz Ballroom.
Dairy farm girls who will graduate from high school this year and those not yet 24 years of age by July 1 are welcomed to compete for the title of Crow Wing County Dairy Princess and go on to participate in Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition.
A team of dairy ambassadors also will be selected to assist the county princess in promoting dairy products. A dairy ambassador may be either male or female and between the ages of 13 and 21. An ambassador does not have to live or work on a farm but should have a general knowledge of the dairy industry and be willing to serve as a spokesperson for dairy farmers.
For more information, contact Cheryl Hettver (764-2937) or Rosanne Caughey (828-1998) by Jan. 20.
Library suspending service in move to new location
STAPLES - The Staples Public Library will be closed Jan. 25-30 in order to move to its new location.
The library will reopen on Feb. 1 at a new city/library building at 122 6th St. N.E., Staples.
Requested/hold items that have arrived at the library will be available at the current location through Jan. 26. Patrons will be notified by e-mail or phone if items are available. No other materials will be available for checkout on those days. There will be no checkout of materials from Jan. 27-30.
Do not return items to the current library building after Jan. 23. After that date, return all materials to the new location on or after Feb. 1. Overdue fines will be suspended for the week the library is closed between vacating the old building and opening in the new building.
Library service through Great River Regional Library will continue to be available at libraries in Eagle Bend, Little Falls and elsewhere.
For open hours and location or information on other GRRL libraries, go to the library's Web site at www.griver.org. For additional information on the move, contact the Staples Public Library at (218) 894-1401.
Little Falls' Tabatt earns Melvin Jones Award
Leader Dogs for the Blind recently announced that Graduate Field Representative Marylyne "Bunny" Tabatt received the Melvin Jones Award from Lions Club International.
This is the highest honor given by the Lions and recognizes an individual's commitment to humanitarian service.
Tabatt, Little Falls, is an active Lion and works to help local and national Lions serve their community. She is especially passionate about helping to promote the mission and services of Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Mille Lacs RV park honored for excellence
Pete's Retreat Family Campground & RV Park in Malmo was recently honored with a perfect rating by Woodall Publications Corporation, placing them in the top 4 percent of all campgrounds and RV parks in the U.S.
Parks with this rating generally have superior physical grounds, personnel, recreation programs and maintenance of facilities. Only 307 out of more than 8,000 privately owned campgrounds nationwide have earned the highest and most coveted designation of 5W/5W.
Parks in Hinckley, Austin, Granite Falls and Waseca also were honored.
To see the Woodall's review, go to www.woodalls.com/articledetails.aspx?articleID=2400463.
Archaeology, snowshoeing slated at Mille Lacs Kathio
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park will host a special program involving archaeology and snowshoeing on Saturday.
National Register Archaeologist David Mather and State Park Naturalist Jim Cummings will team up to conduct the session about past and recent archaeological digs at the Petaga Point archaeological site in Kathio State Park. Here, in the 1960s, archaeologists discovered the remains of a village from around A.D. 1200 and the location of a campsite and copper tools dating to 3,500 years ago.
Recently, archaeologist David Mather returned to the site to search for more clues of ancient life in the Mille Lacs region. He has been conducting small-scale excavations near the park's picnic area over the last three years.
The presentation will begin at 1p.m. at the park's interpretive center with a look at artifacts and a discussion of the archaeological site. Participants will then go on a snowshoe hike to the locations of the archaeological finds. Snowshoes are provided and an introductory snowshoeing lesson is included.
Registration is required and is limited to the first 25 people. To register, call the Kathio interpretive center at (320) 532-3269 and leave your name, phone number and the number of people attending.
There is no charge for the program. A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota State Parks. Vehicle permits may be purchased at the park office for $5 for a daily permit or $25 for an annual permit, which allows access to all Minnesota state parks for a year from the date of purchase.
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located 8 miles north of Onamia and 14 miles south of Garrison on U.S. Highway 169.
Candlelight ski, snowshoe scheduled at Lindbergh
Explore 1.5 miles of easy, candle-lit trails, then enjoy free refreshments around a fire during a candlelight ski and snowshoe outing from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 23 at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park in Little Falls.
The event will start at the picnic shelter. A candlelight walk will be held if there is not enough snow. Ski rentals are available in Little Falls. Daily ski passes ($5), required for skiers ages 16 or older, may be purchased at the park.
"It's a great way to take in the park," park manager Ty Gangelhoff said. "It's a very peaceful atmosphere at night and the luminaries definitely add to the experience."
In case of bad weather, a message will be left on the park answering machine stating if the event has been canceled. Vehicle permits and Great Minnesota ski passes will be available at the park office.
Call the park at (320) 616-2525 for more information.
Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. awarded
Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. has been awarded competitive positions in the inaugural 2010 Minnesota Community Action Emerging Leaders Institute.
Barb Moran and Monte Hegg have been selected from a statewide pool of talented nominees to participate in a year-long training institute focused on building strong leadership skills within the nonprofit Community Action network.
Twenty-eight Community Action Agencies provide a spectrum of anti-poverty programs and initiatives throughout the state of Minnesota, serving all 87 counties. Among the hundreds of services offered by Community Action are Head Start Programs, weatherization, heating assistance, food support, senior services, free tax preparation, affordable housing and emergency services.
The Emerging Leadership Institute is led by the Humphrey Institute's Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the University of Minnesota - experts in the field of leadership development. The mission of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center is to enhance the leadership of nonprofits, philanthropy and public sector organizations to work together-with the private sector to advance the common good and serve the public interest.
The Center conducts research and provides workshops, conferences, and other opportunities for scholars, working professionals and organizations, as well as courses for graduate and undergraduate students. This is the first joint Institute that the Center is launching in partnership with the Minnesota Community Action Partnership.
The goal of the initiative is to build a strong base of competent statewide leaders who will be prepared to engage the public, private and nonprofit sectors in identifying solutions to barriers that prevent low-income people from leaving poverty.
A co-hort of 30 Emerging Leaders will be introduced to innovative ideas, relevant research and hands-on solutions to contemporary and future organizational challenges. Participants will build new relationships that enable statewide anti-poverty network members to sustain organizational and network strength. Leaders will build their capacity to identify and execute creative and effective strategies designed to reduce and end poverty in our state.
For more information, contact Deb Allison at (218) 333-9827.
Minnesota author to tell ice-fishing tales
Minnesota author Greg Breining will tour several Kitchigami Regional Libraries Jan. 25-30, telling stories and reading from his book, "A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It." He'll also sign and sell copies of his book.
"A Hard-Water World" is a colorful, big-format book of Breining's essays, illustrated with photography by Minnesotan Layne Kennedy, who traveled the northern states and southern provinces from Montana to Quebec to photograph ice fishermen and their houses and other gear.
Jan. 25 - Park Rapids, 1 p.m.
Jan. 26 - Wadena, 1 p.m.; Walker, 7 p.m.
Jan. 27 - Longville, 2 p.m. (Young At Heart Senior Center); Brainerd Public Library, 6 p.m.
Jan. 28 - Cass Lake, 4 p.m.; Bemidji, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 - Blackduck, 7 p.m. (at the golf course)
Jan. 30 - Pequot Lakes, 11 a.m.; Pine River, 4 p.m. (at the Warehouse)
DNR invites public review of trail proposal
The DNR invites public review and comment on a pending off-highway motorcycle trail proposal that involves officially designating 31.7 miles of existing roads and trails in northeastern Wadena County as grant-in-aid OHM trails.
The proposal for the Huntersville Forest OHM trail, located in Huntersville Township about 12 miles southeast of Park Rapids, was submitted by the Twin Cities Trail Riders Club. The planned routes are located mostly inside the Huntersville State Forest, and along township and county road rights-of-way.
Printed copies of the Huntersville OHM trail map and project proposal also are available by contacting David Clute, assistant area parks and trails supervisor, 1601 Minnesota Dr., Brainerd, MN 56401. Clute may be reached by phone at 833-8717 or toll free at (888) 646-6367. Online comments may be submitted to email@example.com.
The first day of the public review period was Jan. 4. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
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