The Brainerd School District will host six Amity Scholars for the 2000-2001 school year.
Three will be here first semester, and three second semester, to assist in the French, Spanish and German classes.
The school district needs people to volunteer to be host families for the scholars. For more information on how to become a host family, call Brainerd High School at 828-5255.
Host families sought
for foreign students
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year program homestays, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more area host families.
The students are between the ages of 15 and 18, speak English, have their own spending money and carry accident and health insurance.
Families can host a student for a semester or a year, and they will be eligible for a tax deduction. The student can be placed with any sort of family.
The students will be arriving from Spain, Germany, Latvia, the Former Soviet Union, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Mongolia, Italy, Paraguay, Australia, Sweden, Yugoslavia, China, Belgium and Vietnam.
Anyone interested in becoming a host family may call Pacific Intercultural Exchange at (800) 631-1818.
Anderson to be part of forum with Bush, Gore
ONAMIA -- Marge Anderson, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, will join tribal leaders from around the United States this summer for a "town hall" meeting with presidential candidates to discuss Indian issues.
The meeting, sponsored by the National Indian Gaming Association, is the first of its kind and will be nationally televised.
"I am proud to be included in this historic event, and I hope to raise issues that are important to the Mille Lacs Band and which ought to be included in the campaign debate, " said Anderson. "The candidates for president should know that we are concerned about health and education issues, and that we want no attacks on our sovereignty no matter who is elected."
Plans call for the presidential forum to be conducted in Phoenix later this summer. Dates being negotiated with Texas Gov. George W. Bush, a Republican, and Vice President Al Gore, a Democrat, are June 10, July 3 and July 5. Anderson said she is keeping her calendar clear for all three dates.
Legislation provides for Camp Ripley expansion
Gov. Jesse Ventura has signed the bill providing $125,000 to expand the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley, said Rep. Steve Wenzel, the bill's chief author.
"This funding will allow an extensive renovation of the military museum and hopefully make it an important new tourism attraction for our area," said Wenzel, DFL-Little Falls. "This museum, along with the nearby Minnesota state veterans cemetery, will constitute a lasting memorial to the sacrifices of the military veterans of our state."
The funding will be used to improve the building's heating, ventilating, lighting and air conditioning systems and construct an addition that will allow more room for displays of military artifacts and memorabilia. That will also assist in efforts to preserve the historic items, he added.
Wenzel also praised the bill for including a significant increase over the governor's proposals in bonding for educational facilities and environmental programs across the state. Some $315 million in new construction and repairs will be done at public colleges and universities, with another $152 million for environmental and agriculture programs, including the Board of Water & Soil Resources and Rural Finance Authority loan programs.
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