Freya Manfred, author and poet, will speak noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library as the second speaker in the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Speakers Series.
Manfred is the daughter of Frederick Manfred. Her memoir, "Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1999) was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award.
Her published poetry books are: "A Goldenrod Will Grow," "Yellow Squash Woman," "American Roads" and "Flesh and Blood." She has published poetry in more than 75 reviews and magazines and 25 anthologies. She teaches advanced poetry part time at the University of Minnesota, and works part time as a poet in the schools for grades K-12.
Her next book of poems is about water and death, with a working title of "A Lake in Minnesota."
Manfred lives with her husband, screenwriter Thomas Pope, and twin sons in Pequot Lakes.
Collaborative seeks projects to fund
The Crow Wing County Family Services Collaborative is issuing a one-time round of community funds to promote grassroots initiatives.
This round's $50,000 is limited to projects that serve the geographic area of the Brainerd School District. The collaborative has incorporated a process of results-based accountability to be used by the projects.
The collaborative is interested in projects that will affect children, youths and families.
Grant review and selection will be carried out by Community Asset Builders. Funds will be disbursed in up to two grants at $10,000 each with the remainder in grants of $5,000 or less.
Applications are available from Pat Sharbonda, 855-5529 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The grant deadline is June 24 for proposals to be reviewed at the July CAB meeting.
If any funds remain -- after round one proposals are received by July 31 -- they will be reviewed at the August CAB meeting. Grant proposals must be postmarked by midnight of the deadline.
Mail proposals to Sharbonda at 315 Charles St., Brainerd, MN 56401 or e-mail proposals to email@example.com.
Thirty Lakes 'I-Team' meeting set June 25
The Thirty Lakes/Crow Wing County Joint Powers Board meets at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Crow Wing County boardroom to work on wastewater management initiatives. The meetings are open to the public.
An implementation team, known as the "I-Team," recently was set up to assist the joint powers board with various tasks related to the project. The I-Team held its first meeting May 14 at the MPCA office in Baxter. The team's role is to help gather and disseminate information on the progress of the project.
The next I-Team meeting will be 9 a.m. June 25 at the MPCA office in Baxter. Meetings are open to the public.
The joint powers board with the engineering firm, Ayres Associates, will give presentations to individual lake associations during the upcoming months.
The firm is currently working on the feasibility study with input from the county and the Thirty Lakes Watershed District. The final report will include wastewater planning recommendations for the project study area and is due before the joint powers board by Oct. 31.
For more information, contact Bonnie Finnerty, Crow Wing County water planner, at 824-1125.
Region 5 Board to meet June 13
The Region 5 board of directors will meet 9 a.m. June 13 at the Region 5 office in Staples. The public is invited.
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