There soon could be an easier way for residents in the Brainerd lakes area to find information relating to the area on the Internet.
This is part of a task of the Blandin Community Investment Partnership's lifelong learning committee. The committee met for a workshop Thursday at Central Lakes College to discuss how to access and organize information about community resources.
The Blandin Community Investment Partnership project in Brainerd has focused on lifelong learning, cultural arts and recreational opportunities and environmental stewardship.
Jane Leonard of Community Technology Advisors of St. Paul, who facilitated the meeting, said there has to be a way of getting information to the community more efficiently, perhaps through the Internet.
The group also discussed how to get information to people who do not have access to the Internet.
Peter Herlofsky Jr., Crow Wing County administrator, also suggested having a hotline for people to call to get information.
The group will meet again June 28 from 9-11 a.m. at the college.
Rural poverty grant deadline set June 30
In a joint effort between the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation, available grant dollars from the Central Minnesota Rural Poverty Fund were recently announced.
The next deadline for proposals is June 30.
The Rural Poverty Fund seeks applications from agencies that serve rural populations in the 14 surrounding counties of central Minnesota. Grants are available for planning and implementation of projects or programs that address rural poverty. Grants may establish or supplement existing emergency and transitional activities, which directly address specific, immediate needs that people have because of poverty.
Grants may be used to assess community needs and assets, develop action plans or provide for project implementation. Grants must relate to a variety of identified programs or agency needs. Agencies are encouraged to apply for smaller grants of $1,000 to $5,000.
Eligible applicants include 501(c)3 non-profits and local units of government located in counties, including Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Grant guidelines are available through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation. For more information, contact Susan Lorenz at the Community Foundation at (320) 253-4380 or Catherine Stoch, Initiative Foundation, at (320) 632-9255.
Completed applications must be mailed before June 30 to Central Minnesota Community Foundation, 101 S. Seventh Ave., Suite 200, St. Cloud, MN 56301.
Area counties eligible for USDA farm loans
Seventy-five Minnesota counties, including seven area counties, are eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency loans because of losses caused by severe winter storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred March 23.
Morrison and Todd counties are included as primary counties with Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Wadena counties named as contiguous areas.
This designation makes all qualified farm operators in both primary and contiguous disaster counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.
Producers in eligible counties have through Jan. 16, 2002, to apply for loans to help cover part of the cost of actual losses. The FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
The USDA has a variety of programs available, including the non-insured Disaster Assistance Program to help eligible producers recover from adversity. Interested producers may contact their area county FSA office for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.
Child safety identity kits offered Saturday
BAXTER -- Reducing the number of missing children reports is a goal behind a child safety identification day at Mills Motors Saturday.
In a partnership with Ford Blue Oval certified dealers, actress Jamie Lee Curtis and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the "Commitment to Kids" program is a nationwide child identification effort to keep children safe.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday parents can bring their children to Mills Motors, Dellwood Drive, along Highway 371 in Baxter, to receive free child safety identification kits.
A free photograph will be taken of each child for the ID booklet and instructions will be provided for parents to complete their child's physical description information. In addition, a Brainerd lakes area police officer will be on hand to fingerprint the children for the ID booklet.
Parents are urged to keep their identification kits and repeat the process every six months to maintain updated information.
Road construction begins Wednesday
BOWLUS -- The intersection reconstruction project at Highway 238 and Morrison County Road 24, near Bowlus, will begin Wednesday.
Highway 238 traffic will be detoured on Morrison County Roads 6 and 12. County Road 24 traffic will be detoured on Morrison County Roads 21, 1, 6 and 12, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
The project is expected to be completed in early July.
Region 5 meeting set for Thursday
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Board will meet 9 a.m. Thursday at the Region 5 office in Staples.
Heartland Senior Federation meeting set
The Heartland Senior Federation will meet at noon Monday at the old Senior Center.
The Heartland Federation offices have moved into the Senior Center. For more information call 828-8457.
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