LEADER - The Leader Lions and Crow Wing Basin Forage Council have scheduled a pasture management winter workshop from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Leader Community Center on Highway 64, one mile north of Leader.
Topics will include introductions from the Pine River and Margaret Lake watersheds, managing pastures through drought conditions, use of dried distiller's grain, alternative energy, improving streams through pasture management, crop and livestock insurance and energy grants.
Lunch will be prepared by the Leader Lions at the community center.
The workshop is for those thinking of raising livestock and new and experienced producers. The cost of the workshop is $15 per individual and $25 per couple, including meals and materials.
For more information call Walt Sowers with the Leader Lions at (218) 894-2378 or Mel Wiens at (218) 894-2715; or Rick Schossow, Cass County NRCS office in Walker, at (218) 547-7254.
Students from Baxter, Nisswa to take part in House page program
For the first time since Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, took office, two area students will participate in the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program.
Luke Gruenhagen of Baxter and Nathan Lehman of Nisswa were recently selected to participate in this program that provides participants with hands-on access to state government in action. Minnesota's program is one of only three in the country.
Among the many opportunities available to these two individuals will be: Individual meetings with legislators, assisting members during legislative session, participating in a mock committee session and meeting with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists and members of the media.
This program is open to all Minnesota high school students in their junior year. Program participants are selected in the fall of each year based on a formal process, which includes an application, faculty recommendation and an essay.
More information on the page program may be obtained by contacting Rep. John Ward at (651) 296-4333, or (800) 683-4205, by mail at 533 State Office Building, 100 Martin Luther King Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Koering seeks funds to reconstruct Highway 25 in Pierz
Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, has again drafted legislation that provides $300,000 in funding to reconstruct the portion of Highway 25, which runs through the city of Pierz.
"Highway 25 is Main Street that runs right through Pierz," Koering said. "It's also a state trunk highway and a major north/south route between Brainerd and St. Cloud. We had $300,000 in a bill last year that would have provided bonding money for the project, but the bill never made it out of the Senate Finance Committee.
"Since Highway 25 is part of the state trunk highway system we should be able to count on the state to help with the reconstruction costs when one runs through the center of a town like in Pierz. The costs for upgrades and reconstruction of a highway like Highway 25 when it cuts through a town are always more expensive than rebuilding the road through rural areas that don't have sewer, sidewalk, curb and gutter to contend with."
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