It's the third week of March and donations are down considerably from last year for the Salvation Army Food Shelf.
So far the Salvation Army has collected $2,647 and 2,300 pounds of food. The goal was to reach $15,000 in donations and 15,000 in food donations by this time.
The Salvation Army will be in need of food and money this summer if it doesn't receive an increase in donations. All the food and money collected in March gives the Salvation Army an incentive allocation in dollars from the food bank to help buy food for the months ahead.
Drop off collections at U.S. Bank, 320 S. Sixth St. in Brainerd or at the Salvation Army at 208 S. Fifth St. in Brainerd.
Energy assistance funds available
Households that have not yet applied may still apply for energy assistance funds for the October 2002 to September 2003 season.
Grants are available to help pay heating and/or electric costs. Homeowners and renters, except those living in subsidized housing with heat and electric included in rent, are eligible to apply once per season. All fuel types qualify.
Income guidelines for three months are: One person, $4,586; two people, $5,997; three people, $7,408; four people, $8,819; five people, $10,230; six people, $11,641; and seven people, $11,906.
To request an application, call Lutheran Social Service at 829-5000 or (800) 829-5902 or visit the LSS office at 2409 Forthun Road S. in Baxter. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Energy assistance is funded by the state.
Corps of Engineers, Aitkin work to clean up city's wastewater
The U.S. Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the city of Aitkin signed a project cooperation agreement last month to begin building a reed bed facility that will help clean up the city's bio-solids, or human waste.
Currently, Aitkin's wastewater is treated in clay-lined lagoons. The lagoons are a few hundred feet from the Mississippi River. The city has received a Notice of Violation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for excessive seepage from the lagoons into the river. To bring the lagoons into compliance with state requirements, the Corps of Engineers will help the city construct a reed bed facility, a natural way to reduce the number of bio-solids in the city's wastewater.
To build a reed bed, the city will need to excavate the site, construct footings and walls, place granular fill in the bed and plant the reeds. Construction will take about 18 months.
The project will cost $300,000. The Corps of Engineers will supply $200,000 and the city will pay for the rest. Corps projects such as this one are authorized and funded under the Northeastern Minnesota Section 569 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999.
Korean War vets may be eligible for medal
Korean War veterans may be eligible for the Republic of Korea's Korean War Service Medal, retired Marine Corps Maj. Don Bode announced.
Veterans who served in Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 30, 1953, may be eligible for this medal from the Korean government. Korean veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, on the Korean peninsula or offshore in direct support of land operations during the time period stated above may contact Bode at 963-4730.
A veteran or surviving family member also can apply by contacting the Air Force Personnel Center at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/awards/ or by calling toll free 1 (866) 229-7074.
Beebe, Nelson represent American Legion in D.C.
Jay Beebe, a member of the American Legion in Brainerd, and Kris Nelson, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Brainerd, were both in Washington, D.C., last week lobbying for issues that affect American war veterans.
Beebe and Nelson were among 36 Minnesotans in Washington. Beebe is the chair of the National Security and Foreign Relations Committee in Minnesota. Nelson is the National Executive Committee Woman of the American Legion Auxiliary.
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