Airports in Brainerd, Longville and Wadena are among 10 in northern Minnesota that have been awarded Airport Improvement Grants by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., announced Thursday the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport will receive $840,880 for new snow removal technology, new firefighting equipment and parking lot repair. The Longville Municipal Airport will receive $50,000 for airport boundary surveying and verification. The Wadena Municipal Airport will receive $120,354 for acquisition of snow removal technology and the renovation of its runways and airport service roads.
Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., said the Brainerd airport's grant will be used to buy a larger aircraft rescue unit, firefighting vehicle and snow removal equipment. The firefighting vehicle will replace an airport fire truck that is no longer functional, Coleman's news release stated.
CLC president appointed to national board
Central Lakes College President Joe Birmingham was appointed to a three-year term with the national Commission on Learning and Communications Technologies.
The American Association of Community Colleges commission works with and advises the AACC Board and staff on public policy issues, professional development and program initiatives of the association.
Birmingham will meet with the full commission twice each year, including this fall's meeting Nov. 5-7 in Washington, D.C., and a spring meeting in conjunction with the AACC annual convention in Minneapolis April 23.
Four CLC employees receive new titles
Changes were made in administration and upper management at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples, announced CLC President Joe Birmingham.
Del Lecy, who supervises the management programs, is now the coordinator of institutional effectiveness. Lecy has been assigned responsibilities regarding effectiveness, planning and research.
Kari Christiansen, the director of business services, was named vice president of administrative services. Christiansen took on an additional responsibility of the college physical plant and grounds.
Christina Vopatek, who has been assistant director of business services, is now director of business services and her duties will not change.
Judy Richer's title has changed from associate dean of student affairs to associate vice president of student affairs.
Transportation committee to meet Tuesday
The Brainerd Transportation Committee will meet 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.
Pawlenty to address Legion, auxiliary
PEQUOT LAKES -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty was scheduled to deliver brief remarks to Minnesota American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members at their annual convention at Breezy Point and Pequot Lakes.
Pawlenty was scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. today at Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.
More than 1,200 members of the Legion and auxiliary are attending the convention which convenes today and runs through Sunday. A parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday in Pequot Lakes.
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