Kris Nelson, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary from Baxter, was in Washington, D.C., lobbying for issues affecting American war veterans.
Nelson, the Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary legislative chairwoman, was one of a delegation of 27 Minnesotans in Washington.
The delegation met with every Minnesota representative and senator and urged an agenda of veterans programs that Congress will be dealing with in the future, including fighting the cuts in VA funding, making veteran health care funding mandatory and the flag protection amendment.
The delegation spent four days in Washington. There are 53,000 members in the Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary.
Brainerd third-graders celebrate Earth Day
Third-graders at Harrison Elementary School are participating in the Adopt an Acre program to celebrate Earth Day.
Adopt an Acre is an ongoing program of the Nature Conservancy, an international non-profit organization.
Students are selling earth T-shirts for $14 to raise funds to save acres of the rainforest in an area of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. This region is home to one of the last remaining orangutan populations and is a refuge for 11 other primates.
By contributing to the Adopt an Acre program, the students will help save this area through education, peaceful acquisition and protection. In the last 13 years, third-graders have adopted a total of 245 acres of rainforest.
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