WADENA - Workers who lost their jobs when Homecrest Industries closed its Wadena furniture plant will receive federal help with their search for a new job.
Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., announced Friday that up to 180 Homecrest workers are eligible for benefits under the Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The benefits include retraining and customized assistance with intensive job search skills.
TAA benefits are awarded in cases where American jobs are lost because of foreign competition. Workers who have questions about their eligibility may contact the Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program's Wadena office at 846-7400.
Joint meeting scheduled Wednesday
A joint meeting of the Brainerd City Council, Brainerd Planning Commission and Northwest Associated Consultants to discuss the zoning ordinance update/rewrite will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Fire Hall.
Good Samaritan Society to offer Senior College
The Good Samaritan Society, in conjunction with Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, announced "Senior College" is once again coming to Good Samaritan Society, Woodland Campus, in Brainerd.
Senior College started at Southwest Minnesota State in 2000 as a way to give seniors an opportunity to expand their knowledge in areas that interest them. The classes are taught by experienced faculty members who share an interest with their students in the topics. It doesn't matter whether you graduated from high school or have a doctoral degree - the point of these classes is to learn and have fun, Good Samaritan reported.
Beginning Feb. 11, seniors will be able to take part in a free six-week course offered once each week for two hours. There are no tests or grades, just a chance to learn with others. The classes offered during the 2008 February/March session will be:
Monday: "The 1920s and 30s." Instructor is Lloyd Petersen, retired SMSU associate professor of education.
Tuesday: "Music's Big Band Era." Instructor is Russ Svenningsen, SMSU instructor of music.
Wednesday: "Jacob's Well - A Case for Writing Family History." Instructor is Joe Amato, retired SMSU professor of history.
Thursday: "Adventures in Old Time Radio - The Theatre of the Mind." Instructor is Dr. C. Paul Martin, retired internal medicine and family physician.
Free transportation is available to attend classes through Good Samaritan. Class size is limited. Call to reserve your spot. For more information, call Ruth Hill at 855-6617
Classes are available at no cost to seniors 55 and older.
Polar Plunge planned March 8 in Breezy Point
BREEZY POINT - Ready for a dip in Pelican Lake?
The Polar Bear Plunge, where participants jump into frozen Pelican Lake to raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota, is planned for March 8 at Breezy Point Resort.
Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. Allow at least 15 minutes to register before the plunge.
A Kiddie Plunge for children age 4-10 will take place at 11 a.m. with registration from 9-11 a.m. No pledges are necessary for the Kiddie Plunge but will be accepted.
At noon will be the costume contest, followed by the Polar Plunge. Costume contest includes best male costume, best female costume, best team costume (the winning team will receive a traveling trophy), oldest plunger and youngest plunger (not including the Kiddie Plunge).
The purpose of the annual event is to help raise funds for Special Olympics for training expenses, travel and other costs needed to support thousands of athletes. Plunge information or pledge forms will be available at the Baxter Police Department, Brainerd Police Department, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center on Highway 371 and BL Broadcasting.
Registrations are available online at www.specialolympicsminnesota.org or contact Area 5 LETR Coordinator Andy Rooney at (218) 838-3154 or Area 5 Administrative Coordinator Jana Rooney at (218) 821-1165.
Pine River Watershed group to meet Feb. 13
CROSSLAKE - The Pine River Watershed Alliance will host an informational shoreland management workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Whitefish Lodge and Suites in Crosslake.
This workshop is open to all elected officials as well as appointed officials, including planning and zoning commissioners and staff, therefore a quorum of the Crosslake City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission may be in attendance. No official business will be conducted at this workshop, the city of Crosslake reports.
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