Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, has announced that the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources has issued its 2010 request for proposals for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust fund.
Ward said projects are being sought in specific environment and natural resource areas that provide multiple ecological and other public benefits. Proposals are due May 1.
Proposals are being requested in the following seven categories: water resources; renewable energy related to climate change; habitat restoration, enhancement and acquisition; prevention and control of invasive species; natural resource conservation planning and implementation; environmental education; and creative ideas.
For more information on the funding priorities for each of the categories interested persons may contact Ward's office at (651) 296-4333 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRED program receives grant
Fathers Read Every Day has received a $5,000 grant from the Qwest Foundation.
The grant will support the expansion of FRED, a special program for 3- to 8-year-old children that encourages their dads or adult male role models to read with them every day. Research has shown that when fathers read daily to their young children, kids become better readers and more successful in school.
The FRED program is free and participants not only receive a brand-new book, but they also enjoy gym time, food and fun activities. Classes are from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and pre-registration is required. For a listing of upcoming FRED events, visit the calendar of events at www.LakesAreaKids.com.
FRED was developed by the Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition and since its inception, has given away more than 2,000 books to more than 800 dads.
The Brainerd Lakes Area FRED program is also supported by the Ulanowski Law Firm, the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, Nisswa Early Reading Foundation, the Minnesota Humanities Center and Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition, which is supported in part by the Initiative Foundation.
House bill contains funding for Garrison wastewater treatment plant
A House bill containing $957,000 in funding for the Garrison-Mille Lacs wastewater treatment plant was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., said.
The funding was included in the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act that passed 245-178. Oberstar said the project was among $28 million for specific projects and programs in northeastern Minnesota, which he advocated be included in the legislation.
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