Brainerd is among 28 communities in Minnesota awarded Community Partnership grants from CenterPoint Energy. The grants totaled $63,500 for cities to use for safety equipment or tools used for emergency response in their community to better respond in the event of an emergency.
Brainerd will purchase automatic external defibrillator equipment and emergency first-aid equipment with the grant.
The CenterPoint Energy 2008 grant program provides a matching contribution of up to $2,500 and began in April with priority given to franchised communities that have not previously received a CenterPoint Energy Community Partnership Grant. The company will accept applications through Sept. 1 and continue to award grants until funds are depleted. Applicants in Minnesota may contact Suzanne Pierazek at (612) 321-4828 for more information and must meet the minimum requirements. Only one application submission is required to be considered for the entire funding year and if chosen for a grant, the city is notified.
The minimum requirements are that the city is served by CenterPoint Energy in Minnesota; proposed equipment or special project must be used for emergency response in the community and meet eligible safety equipment list; application must be signed by a city official; and applicant must provide funding deadlines.
Safe driving classes planned in Nisswa
The AARP Safe Driving Program, formerly known as 55 Alive, will host upcoming classes at the Nisswa American Legion.
The program is a classroom driver refresher course conducted by AARP volunteers for people age 50 and older. Participants sharpen their skills, develop strategies for adjusting to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time and learn to handle challenges of today's roads.
Upon completion, Minnesota participants are eligible for a mandatory discount on automobile insurance.
The eight-hour initial course will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 11, July 16 and Sept. 17 at the Nisswa American Legion. The four-hour refresher course will be offered from noon-4 p.m. June 18 and Aug. 20.
For more information call Dell Draves at (218) 568-4732 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coleman brings campaign to LF
LITTLE FALLS - Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., will visit the Black and White Cafe at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Little Falls.
He also will make stops in Willmar and Marshall that day.
Motorcycle rider course scheduled
Central Lakes College has scheduled a basic rider course for motorcyclists at the Brainerd campus June 12, 14 and 15.
Motorcycles are provided at no charge. Riders age 18 and up can earn their motorcycle license by successfully completing the course.
The fee is $160. Dates and times are 5:30-10 p.m. June 12 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2-7 p.m. June 14 and 15. Registration deadline is June 5.
More dates scheduled throughout the summer and fall. For information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Family Fun Day planned at Museum
LITTLE FALLS - The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum will host a Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Little Falls. The first 25 visitors will receive a surprise gift. Treats will be available for children.
The museum, owned and operated by the Morrison County Historical Society, is in Little Falls south of the Lindbergh House Historical site and Lindbergh State park. A showcase exhibit called Commemorate! will be featured as part of the state's sesquicentennial celebration.
Regular hours for the museum are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information, call (320) 632-4007.
Crisis Line and Referral Service receives two grants
Crisis Line and Referral Service recently received two grants - one from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation for $2,000 and the second was from the Otto Bremer Foundation for $5,000.
The Crisis Line and Referral Service is celebrating 20 years of service. It provides services to Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
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