It's bad news for sled dog owners who hoped to compete in the Northern Heritage Run amateur sled dog race on Saturday at the Northland Arboretum.
Pam Landers said today that she and the other organizers of the amateur sled dog races have been forced to cancel the races because of the ice conditions on the trails. They were planning to operate the races whether there was rain or snow, but icy conditions on the trails make it dangerous for the mushers and their dogs to race, she said.
However, a mini-mush for children and their pets will still be 11 a.m. Saturday. The 1 p.m. weight pull also will be held Saturday. Dog sled racing enthusiasts are still encouraged to come out and try the trails at the arboretum either by using carts or sleds.
"It's very disappointing," said Landers. "This weather couldn't have done worse things for us. This freezing and thawing business is just the pits."
Landers said registration for both events Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. To participate in the mini-mush, parents should bring their children, sleds and medium to large dogs to the arboretum. Dog harnesses should be available for those who do not have one.
For more information about Saturday's Northern Heritage Run events, contact Landers at (218) 568-5016.
Charitable giving seminar set
The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation will sponsor a charitable giving seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Bonanza in Baxter.
Brad Hanson, an estate planning attorney with Quinlivan & Hughes P.A. in St. Cloud, will be the guest speaker. The topic of the seminar is "Using Appreciated Assets, Especially Real Estate, for Lifetime Charitable Gifts."
The seminar is offered at no charge. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-877-253-4380.
Breezy Point establishes community fund
The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation announced the city of Breezy Point has established a community fund with the foundation. The initial purpose of the fund is to receive contributions for the construction, furnishings and equipment of a new public safety building in the city. The city may later deem other projects appropriate for support of the fund.
Breezy Point Mayor Bob Bundgaard described the fund as an "exciting first step in creating philanthropic opportunities for our citizens that will benefit the entire community."
Cass County representative needed
Bi-County Community Action Program has openings on its board of directors for three low-income representatives, two from Beltrami County and one from Cass County.
The board members will be elected in April. The nomination process ends March 14. The board meets monthly. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, review grant applications and reports, establish agency goals and priorities, and monitor and evaluate agency operations.
Members receive a meeting allowance and are reimbursed for travel expenses.
For more information, call Bi-CAP toll-free at 1-800-332-7161.
Rural Minnesota CEP to meet Feb. 26
Rural Minnesota CEP Inc. will meet 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Brainerd WorkForce Center, 1919 S. Sixth St. in Brainerd.
Lifeguard training class scheduled
The Brainerd Family YMCA will hold a Red Cross lifeguard training class beginning March 14.
Upon completion of the course, participants will have gained general knowledge of lifeguarding and will be qualified to lifeguard at most pool facilities. Cost, including books and CPR mask, is $180.
Registration deadline is March 7. Class size is limited.
Call or stop by the YMCA at 602 Oak St. for a complete class schedule and/or to register. For more information, call Sandy or Jane at the YMCA at 829-4767.
Crisis Line needs volunteers
The Crisis Line and Referral Service needs volunteers to help answer the phones.
The service, which has provided a 24-hour help hotline for the community for 15 years, needs an average of 70 or more volunteers to keep the commitment of time for each volunteer to a reasonable level. Currently the Crisis Line only has 54 volunteers.
Last year the hotline received more than 3,000 calls from people needing a listening ear. The phone is diverted to a volunteer's home during the time slot selected.
The next training session is 6 p.m. March 4 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd and continues once a week on Tuesdays for three weeks.
Call the Crisis Line business number at 828-4515 for more information.
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