The Crow Wing County Council on Aging is sponsoring a senior citizen picnic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 17 at Mission Park.
Mission Park is eight miles north of Merrifield, then one mile east of the Sportsman Store on Mission Park Road. A free 30-passenger Reichert bus will leave the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd at 9:45 a.m. that day and return there at 2:15 p.m. for those who don't wish to drive. The cost of the picnic is $5 per person for a full-course meal catered by Piney Ridge Lodge. The Outstanding Senior Awards ceremony will be at 1 p.m. There also will be music, dancing and door prizes. Bring your own lawn chair, if you wish.
All seniors are invited.
Tickets may be ordered from Marge at (218) 562-4234. Deadline is July 14.
Race should net about $10,000 for Northland Arboretum
A record turnout for the seventh annual Sour Grapes Half Marathon, 10K Walk/Run and Kid's Race will result in a donation of about $10,000 this year to the Northland Arboretum.
Sour Grapes Race Director Jeanne Larson said the excellent weather helped attract the largest number of spectators and racers in the event's history.
Next year's Sour Grapes race will be June 13. Adult registration for that race will be cut off on June 1. Children will be able to register for the kid's races up until race day.
Road project starts Monday in Todd, Morrison counties
BAXTER - A $5.3 million safety and pavement improvement project will begin Monday for Highway 27 and Highway 25 in Todd and Morrison counties.
Crews will replace culverts, add turn lanes and mill and overlay a new blacktop road surface, including shoulders. All work will be done during daylight hours.
A pilot car and flaggers will control traffic. Motorists should plan for delays, reduced speeds and lane closures with short periodic stops in the work zone.
Work segments include:
Highway 27 east of Ninth Street in Long Prairie to east of Highway 238 west of Little Falls in Todd and Morrison counties (22 miles).
Highway 27 from Morrison County Road 43 in east Little Falls to Highway 25 in Pierz (11 miles). During culvert replacements, motorists will encounter a three- to four-week detour beginning approximately July 28. The detour will be via Morrison County Highway 43.
Highway 25 just north of the Skunk River to junction Highway 27 south of Pierz including Genola (two miles).
For updates, visit www.511mn.org.
Disability site helps access resources
The Brainerd Public Library and Disability Linkage Line/MinnesotaHelp Network recently conducted a kickoff event as a community access site.
Individuals were able to attend and learn how to navigate through the www.minnesotahelp.info Web site to access local resources with the assistance of trained staff and volunteers. These staff/volunteers are able to answer questions about disability issues; public and federal benefits for all ages; local community and county resources; specific needs of consumers including financial resources, transportation needs, housing crisis, food support, employment, etc.
For more information call Sharon or Keith at (866) 333-2466 or (218) 317-1010.
Olson named to advisory committee
Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, was recently appointed to the advisory committee to the Office on the Economic Status of Women.
The office advises the Legislature and provides information and statistics on women in Minnesota.
Olson said that, historically, women in Minnesota have been better off than those in other states, with the highest labor force participation rate in the nation and earnings that are higher than the national average.
However, she said, income inequality is slightly higher in Minnesota than the national average and women are more likely to fall into poverty.
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